Slaughter of DRC protesters globally condemned
THE United Nations (UN) has called on authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to investigate the killing of at least six people during protests against President Joseph Kabila.
More than 60 people were injured and scores arrested this past weekend in the latest brutal reaction by security forces to nationwide demonstrations demanding Kabila to quit and pave way for reforms.
António Guterres, UN SecretaryGeneral, called on the beleaguered government to conduct a credible probe into the bloodshed and hold those responsible accountable.
DRC’s trigger-happy forces have rarely been held to account.
Guterres urged the security forces to exercise restraint and uphold the Congolese people’s right to freedom of speech and peaceful assembly.“He (Guterres) also calls upon all concerned to ensure full respect for places of worship,”Stéphane Dujarric, Guterres’s spokesman, said.
Tensions characterise the Central African country after Kabila stayed in power despite his second term lapsing at the end of 2016.
Fresh elections are scheduled before the end of 2018.
Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), condemned the violence following the recent demonstrations.
He called on all political stakeholders to create a conducive environment for the conduct of free, transparent and fair elections on December 23.
“All concerned must ensure the electoral calendar is strictly complied with,”Mahamat said.
Kabila (46)assumed power when his father, Laurent-Désiré, was assassinated in 2001. He was re-elected in 2006 and 2011 amid vote rigging allegations. – CAJ News