No end in sight to DRC political impasse

DRC Coalition, crisis and constitutional chaos

DRC Coalition, crisis and constitutional chaos

From JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THE roadmap rival parties endorsed to resolve the impasse in the Democratic Republic of Congo has lurched from one crisis to another, casting doubt on the holding of elections later this year.
Months after President Joseph Kabila and his rivals reached the agreement at the expiry of his two-year term, the opposition is beset by divisions while Kabila is capitalizing.
The recent death of opposition leader Étienne Tshisekedi has hampered the nomination of the Prime Minister and establishment of National Monitoring Council.
Kabila has reiterated his request for three names proposed for the position of Prime Minister and called for a shift in focus from power-sharing arrangements to the organization of elections.
The opposition continues to insist on a sole candidate, in accordance with the political agreement of December 31, 2016.
Disagreement also persists between the ruling party and the Rassemblement on the allocation of ministries of foreign affairs, interior, defence and justice in the transitional government.
In February, Catholic properties in Kananga, Kinshasa and Lubumbashi were attacked as a result of growing frustration among the population with delays in the National Episcopal Conference of Congo-led negotiations on the special provisions.
Funding of the polls at a date yet to be announced, also remains a divisive issue.
Government had disbursed $180 million (R2,35 billion) of the $300 million it had pledged to the electoral commission in 2016 to organize the elections.
Lack of funding is also limiting civic education, the deployment of election monitors and support for the electoral process.
Yesterday (Wednesday) the United Nations expressed doubt at prospects of a resolution to the crises.

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