DRC Presidential elections 2018: Dictator Kabila fears democratic campaign

Published by Georges Munang on

DRC Presidential elections 2018. Dictator Joseph Kabila, Martin Fayulu, 21 opposition candidates

Presidential elections 2018 for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will take place on December 23, 2018. Official campaigns for the December polls were launched on Wednesday, Nov. 21st 2018 with 21 opposition candidates all set to dislodge Joseph Kabila who inherited power after his father’s death in 2001.

47 year old young initiated dictator Joseph Kabila who managed to survive two presidential elections in 2006 and 2011 to hang on to power is rather panicking in front democratic campaign for this year’s polls.

Fire brand Fayulu cried out on twitter saying police blocked his Tuesday rally in Lubumbashi, the country’s second largest city.

Among the 21 presidential candidates contesting is the 62-year-old executive and lawmaker Martin Fayulu, who leads one of the two opposition coalition contesting the December 23 presidential elections

DRC Presidential elections 2018
Main opposition candidate Martin Fayulu

“They made us follow an itinerary… (preventing us) from reaching the venue” Fayulu tweeted

Kabila wants to repeat a bad history for Africa’s democracy by presenting a preferred successor, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary.

Kabila’sdictatorial tactics to water down opposition campaigns is highly criticized by one of Fayulu’s supporters, Moise Katumbi, a former governor whose power base is Lubumbashi, but who has been barred from contesting the elections.

Katumbialso tweeted on Tuesday, saying there cannot be a credible election without free and democratic campaigns.

DRC presidency by lineage must end

Close to 40 million Congolese voters on December 23 will struggle to dislodge a lineage presidency from outgoing President Joseph Kabila, who has notoriously remained in power as caretaker leader even though his second and final elected term ended nearly two years ago

It should be noted that

  • DRC since independence from Belgium in 1960 has never witnessed a peaceful transition of power
  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo is one of the most complicated conflict management destinations in the world hosting the United Nations’ largest peacekeeping mission in the world, with over 21,000 soldiers from approximately50 different countries.
  • The rich country just like in Cameroon has only 1.8% of existing roads tarred and less than 10% of the population has access to electricity.
  • Since the 1960s, the Congolese have endured over two decades of armed conflict with over 5.4 million people dead due to war-related causes, making it the deadliest conflict since World War II.
  • Congolese armed groups and elements of the army have a long, brutal history of recruiting child soldiers. The United Nations report at least 1,000 cases of child soldier recruitment between January 2012 and August 2013.

 With a country as rich as The DRC, among the most resource-rich countries on the planet, with an abundance of gold, tantalum, tungsten, and tin – all minerals used in electronics such as cell phones and laptops, as young and patriotic Africans it will be an empirical wish that this country witness a positive change in leadership

The yoke of dictatorship in Africa was broken in 2017 and any living dictator still planning to suppress the blessed people of Africa the more should be preparing for his waterloo. #changehascome #wearewatching


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