DRC – 13 May 2016

Kabila’s Mandate Can Be Extended If No Vote

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s top court says President Joseph Kabila can stay in office beyond his mandate if the presidential election is delayed.

Congo’s Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday according to clause 70 of the constitution, the current president remains in office until a newly-elected president is installed.

The decision comes amid rising political tension in Congo, where opposition parties have accused President Kabila of trying to hang onto power by delaying polls that are due this year.

Voice of America


Crackdown on Presidential Aspirant

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have arrested at least 27 associates of Moise Katumbi, a presidential aspirant, and other opposition party members since late April 2016. Congo’s justice minister announced an investigation into Katumbi on May 4, the day he announced his candidacy.

The arrests occurred between April 22 and May 7 in and around the southern city of Lubumbashi, where Katumbi is based. The investigation into Katumbi for his alleged “recruitment of mercenaries, [including] several retired American soldiers,” appears politically motivated, Human Rights Watch said. On May 7 the prosecutor’s office in Lubumbashi summoned Katumbi to appear on May 9.

Human Rights Watch