We are pleased to reproduce on our site this press review from Radio Okapi. Three major themes emerge : the silence of Joseph Kabila on his political future, the membership of Moise Katumbi to the political movement called “front citoyen”( citizens’ front), and the invitation of the secretary of PPRD Henri Mova to the talks (dialogue) to be organised by Joseph Kabila. What can we learn from these developments? First, it is clear that Joseph Kabila has deliberately orchestrated a climate of uncertainty now hanging on the country’s political future. The current cloud of uncertainty hanging over the organisation of presidential elections within constitutional timeframe and his ineligibility to those elections constitutes an attack on the stability of the country’s institutions. This situation is carefully planned by Joseph Kabila and his allies. It stands in stark contradiction of the oath of office he took and against republic values of peace and stability he professes in his latest speeches. Secondly, the emergence of the “front citoyen” is a clear indication that polarisation is sharpening between the Joseph Kabila camp and all those upholding the sanctity of the Constitution. We call upon all actors to prioritize the common good and the strict adherence to the Constitution.
Press review of Tuesday 5 January 2016
Kinshasa newspapers have focused on the challenges facing the DR. Congo in 2016, the membership of Moise Katumbi to the political opposition and meetings held on the occasion of the commemoration of independence martyrs on 04 january 2016. Le Phare is of the view that the 2016 presidential elections constitute the main challenge for the country’s President. Joseph Kabila addressed the country on three occasions in the late 2015: on 28 November, on 14 and 31 December. On all these three instances, he spoke about everything else except what preoccupies the majority of his countrymen: the presidential election which is should put an end to his second tenure in office, the daily newspaper notes.
Even if political talks constitute a major political challenge, what social and political forces campaigning for power shift at next elections want is for the president to be unambiguous about his political future, states the Kinshasa newspaper. “Moise Katumbi appears now as a member of the political opposition”, writes La prospérité. “I haven’t joined any opposition political party, I haven’t created an opposition political party”, Moise Katumbi has stated. However, he has added that he is a member of “Front Citoyen 2016”, a political platform which brings together several opposition political parties and which militates for the strict compliance with the Constitution.
Besides, in view of the next elections, Moise Katumbi states that it is up to the opposition to get ready and envisage to present one candidate to presidential elections of 2016. Le Phare which also comments this development, states that Moise Katumbi has crossed the line by now announcing loudly what everyone has been whispering about for some time namely: his final divorce with the regime in power and his association with the political opposition. For this newspaper, the signs of this change of political posture were visible since he went to Europe on two occasions to hold talks with Etienne Tshisekedi, with the presence of his delegates at various meetings organised by the G7 and the Front Citoyen 2016 against the dialogue, the slippage (“glissement”) and constitutional change.
Congo Nouveau devotes some pages to the creation by the congolese opposition of a new platform called “Front des démocrates”. This new group of seven parties and personalities of opposition aims to join forces for the upcoming elections, to unite under the banner of values promoted by the political opposition and social forces in favour of change in power and to adopt common positions, writes the newspaper.
La Prospérité writes about the commemoration of independence martyrs and the call made by Henri Mova, the general secretary of PPRD, inviting the congolese people to join Joseph Kabila’s talks. Henri Mova thinks that there are several commonalities between the 1959 situation and the current predicament facing the DRC, 57 years later. He notes that the battle for full auto-determination is still being waged. Remembering the sacrifice of heroes of 4 January 1959 should put us on the path for increased sense of responsibility. This is particularly pertinent now that the young congolese democracy negotiates a historic turning point marked by upcoming elections. La Prospérité draws from this the conclusion that it is necessary to join the talks Joseph Kabila has called for.
Translated by lecongolais.net
From Radio Okapi