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Changing the electoral law in the DRC. A small final test for Kabila, before the big one, puts the opposition and fighters before their responsibilities

RDC-manifestation contre la loi electorale

For several months, the servants and lackeys of President Joseph Kabila are working to find the best formula that would allow them to test their chances on the success of the morbid project of revision or amendment of the constitution to allow their leader to stay in power beyond 2016.

Indeed, on Monday 12th January, supporters of the strong man of the DRC judged the context internationally appropriate for taking embodiment formula found: “The review by Parliament of the Bill to amend section 8 of the electoral law “relating to administrative census for the presidential election. This means according to the opposition, the authorities are trying to extend the term of Joseph Kabila who could later act to stay longer in power.

The announcement of this review which some in the circle of power called “test kick” caused considerable tension in Kinshasa, the political capital of the DRC. Because for the Congolese opposition it is certain that the success of the kick test will boost the morale of the Kabila’s camp as in difficulty from the official speech of the US administration; but especially since the fall of dictator Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso. “If that kick pass, it would mean that the defense of the Congolese opposition could not withstand the onslaught of the coming offensive from the Kabilists”.

However, these bright tensions in Kinshasa have not worried supporters of Kabila to the point where the griot newspaper “The Depeches of Brazzaville” serving dictators in their headline in its edition of Tuesday in Kinshasa: “The opposition coup content by the police. “This failure to mobilise from opposition eventually led its members of parliament to go themselves and disturb by making use of whistles, the plenary examining the famous Bill.

Far from making a judgment on the responsibility of the opposition and even the freedom fighters of the DRC, the political core of the MCCD nevertheless notes that the lack of unity and rigor of different political actors and organisations weakens their action and undermines their credibility to the people who dream of democratic change in this great country, immensely rich.

How else to understand that many players of this opposition and even fighters against the power of Kabila they describe as dictatorial, have at times agreed to participate in masquerades of dialogue and national unity government proposed by him? To believe that some of these initiatives were often the work of the dictator on the other side of the Congo River, the despot Denis Sassou Nguesso peak to co-opt many opponents to his neighbour.

It is  become impossible in these conditions for fake opponents to mobilise this disillusioned people. The Communications Minister Lambert Mende even joked on Roger Mussondji’s microphone of Channel “Freedom of the City,” saying that “if in a city of 12 million inhabitants, the opposition can mobilise only 287 people, this means that it is not in line with the population. When we choose to go down the street one must be sure to mobilise. We saw in Burkina Faso. “

A real challenge to the opposition of the DRC, certainly will regroup and build a real platform for action.

Challenge that will interpellate the opposition on the other side of the river and understand that “only popular mobilisation to roll back the dictator Denis Sassou Nguesso.” The publication last January 9th of the joint communiqué signed by several actors of the Congolese opposition and the announcement of a platform of action against the change of the constitution by the despot general are a step towards the gathering of forces. Hopefully it lasts.

MCCD: The Voice of Free People

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