We have al­ready agreed on a com­mon mmon can­did date”

Moïse Ka­tum mbi Op­po­si­tio n leader

The Africa Report - - FRONTLINE -

“In the op­po­si­tion, we have al­ready agreed on a com­mon can­di­date, and we’re go­ing to tell you about it soon. If we an­nounce this com­mon can­di­date now, Ka­bila will bring fake charges against him. So I think what is im­por­tant for us is unity. Ka­bila wants to create prob­lems be­tween the eth­nic groups, those in Katanga and in the east. The garde pres­i­den­tielle are not guards for Ka­bila, they are go­ing to be guards for the next pres­i­dent. To­day, those guards are suf­fer­ing: they can’t even pay house rent or school fees for their chil­dren, […] it’s the same with any job in gov­ern­ment to­day. Can you imag­ine a po­lice­man who’s get­ting €60 ($68) a month? What can he do with that? Ka­bila is not en­ti­tled to sign any more con­tracts be­cause his man­date fin­ished two years ago. [They] must be signed by the new gov­ern­ment. I think a lot of con­tracts will be re­viewed by the new gov­ern­ment. If Ka­bila had de­vel­oped Congo and cre­ated jobs, we would not have our peo­ple in An­gola. The bud­gets in An­gola are far big­ger than Congo be­cause our econ­omy has been mis­man­aged. So our peo­ple are mi­grat­ing to coun­tries such as Zam­bia, Zim­babwe and South Africa. If there are no free and fair elec­tions, I can tell you that 20 mil­lion Con­golese will leave the coun­try. The in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity should think about that. These vot­ing ma­chines are il­le­gal and the Con­golese will not ac­cept them. If the can­di­date for Ka­bila is go­ing to win with nor­mal bal­lot pa­per, we are go­ing to con­grat­u­late him. But we don’t ac­cept the use of those ma­chines to come and im­pose elec­tion re­sults in Congo.”

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