How Joseph Kabila’s government suffocates democratic elections in the DRC.
– by Stevens Mokgalapa – President, Africa Liberal Network (ALN).
Date: 18 December 2018
The Africa Liberal Network (ALN) reminds all citizens of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that Sunday 23 December 2018, will be dedicated to democratically choosing their own preferred national and provincial government – indirectly the choice of state president, is for the citizens to confer too.
Democracy cannot be shackled by illegal suffocation of opposition party campaigns. Our DRC member party have with concern brought to our attention, the gross human rights violations at the hands of the sitting government. In solidarity with our DRC member parties, we condemn the violence against opposition parties ahead of the DRC elections.
Additional to denouncing and condemning violence against unarmed civilians of the DRC, in my capacity as President of ALN and Member of the Liberal International Human Rights Committee, I will be reporting this matter as a gross violation of Human Rights, Freedom of Choice and the Bill of Rights. In line with the motto of the DRC – “Justice, Peace, Work”, we urge that the outgoing government enact all necessary protections in order for a free and fair election to take place in the next few days.
This is the time that we, as ALN, also raise our heads to observe what organisations like African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), African Development Bank Group (AfDB), African Union (AU), Development Bank of Central African States (BDEAC), the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and many more have to say about their member’s conduct as outlined.
In an already tense electoral environment, I urge the outgoing government to resist threats and violence against political opponents.
We pledge solidarity with our DRC members and wish you well in the upcoming General Elections.
Stevens Mokgalapa MP
President, Africa Liberal Network