Kabila grows desperate, wants elections soon

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DR Congo president Joseph Kabila attends a joint press conference during the closing session of the French-speaking nations 'Francophonie' summit in Kinshasa on October 14, 2012. 2012. PHOTO/ ISSOUF SANOGO (Photo credit should read ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/GettyImages)

The President of the DRC reminded the new government team recently invested by the Parliament that its mission was to support the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) in its task of organising elections as soon as possible.

Joseph Kabila, according to the minutes of the first extraordinary meeting of this government, voiced “democratic, transparent and non-chaotic elections as soon as possible”.

The Congolese Head of State personally presided over the meeting and “suggested that, at a future Council of Ministers, the Ceni be invited to take stock of the state of preparations for these elections, which it is called to organize, “said the spokesman of the government Lambert Mende, in the report.

Established on the basis of an agreement signed on December 31 to organize the elections in December 2017, this government is shunned by the Rally, the main platform of the opposition led by Felix Tshisekedi

La Ceni, for its part, warned a few months before the signing of the agreement that the elements in its possession did not allow the holding of the elections by the deadline of December 2017.

It had begun the recasting of the electoral register, Enrolment is expected to end in July.

The DRC is plunged into a crisis following the non-holding of the elections.

Mr. Kabila, whose term of office was ended in December, remained in power thanks to a decree of the Constitutional Court and the agreement obtained under the mediation of the Catholic bishops.

According to the Constitution, he should no longer stand for more than two terms.

In the meantime, pockets of insecurity have settled in the country with violence in the Kasai region in the center, in addition to the east still dotted with armed groups, and recently spectacular escapes of nearly 5,000 prisoners of the country’s main penitentiary center in the capital.

“The second priority on which the Head of State has returned is the consolidation of peace and security throughout the territory,” Mende said.

According to Mr. Mende, Mr. Kabila noted that of the 26 provinces, there are security challenges in 4 provinces and 8 out of 145 territories in the country.

Source: Voice of America