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Katumbi Calls Regional Leaders To Help End Kabila’s Dictatorial Rule In Congo

Exiled Congolese opposition politician Moïse Katumbi wants regional leaders to put pressure on President Joseph Kabila to implement the country’s political agreement, he told RFI in an interview.

Katumbi says he wants to travel back to the Democratic Republic of Congo as soon as possible and accompany the body of deceased veteran opposition leader Étienne Tshisekedi which remains in Belgium.

“It’s for them to put pressure for the agreement, not to have instability in the Congo because it’s going to bring instability in plenty [of] countries,” said Katumbi, in reference to the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) bloc which includes neighbouring countries such as Angola, Rwanda and Uganda.

Katumbi has been in exile since May last year when he was sentenced in absentia to 36 months in prison for illegally selling a property in Lubumbashi. The Congolese authorities also issued an arrest warrant for him on separate charges of hiring mercenaries.

“My place is not in Europe, my place is in my country in the Congo,” Katumbi said during an interview on Thursday in Paris. “I want these issues first to get resolved because there are bogus charges against me, fake charges. I wanted to go back with the body of President Étienne Tshisekedi which is still in Europe at the moment,” he said.

Tshisekedi passed away in Belgium at the start of February. However, his body has not yet been repatriated and there have been arguments over his burial site. The 84-year-old veteran opposition leader had led his Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) since 1980 making it the first organised opposition platform.

“It’s sad for me as Congolese because President Kabila is blocking the body of Étienne Tshisekedi,” said Katumbi of the delays to the burial. “The family and the people of Congo want a decent place. They’re asking just for a place, they’re not asking for money, they’re not asking for anything, just a place to bury him properly.”

Tshisekedi’s son Felix has been named as successor to his father taking over leadership of the Rassemblement, an opposition coalition which includes the UDPS. Felix Tshisekedi is also expected to become prime minister in place of his father as had been previously agreed in a deal between the government and opposition.

Katumbi, who is also a member of the Rassemblement, said he considers Felix Tshisekedi “a friend”, somebody who’s “got potential and he’s going really to defend the people of Congo”. He also dismissed suggestions that not everybody was happy with the selection of Felix as leader.

“All the Rassemblement is happy about Felix,” said Katumbi. “The Rassemblement is strong, the platform remains still strong.”

However, the political agreement between the government and opposition, which is intended to bring about delayed elections, has still not been implemented. Katumbi wants to see the opposition impose a deadline.

“The Rassemblement is going to give a deadline to say, ‘Mr president, enough is enough,’” he said. “We need to organise the elections which President Kabila doesn’t want to hear about,” Katumbi added.

Kabila’s mandate ended in December. The political agreement is supposed to pave the way for a transitional government headed by Kabila with elections later in 2017.

20 Comments

  1. C•K Nash's Friend 👉 Suave👈

    You’re just used to fights. I wish I was a Congole

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    • ROKA

      it true they like confusions so that their businesses thrive.This is what the hallucinating hyena and his gbv general want to happen in Zambia so that they enhance their businessman

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  2. John

    SADC must help

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  3. Jm

    Appealing to end Kabila’s rule to Rwanda, Uganda and Angola.
    All these countries have no democratic tendencies they
    have been in power since time in memorial. Even Lungu didn’t win the election.
    I don’t trust any African people anybody to be a president and leave office without friction.

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    • Davento

      Nigger Be Careful Of Wat You Write On Social Media You Will Put Your Self In Deeply Trouble

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  4. YYahzhitzswart

    Katumbi fool like sunkutu mulema mwendela kunkonto his exlent HH kashishita ushakatepo if u will not have mind both of u,u never rule i tell u HH yo friend stole yo votes and u katumbi ur chased in yo country then u say u can rule think u rabish

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  5. kanyemble

    Kabila must be taken to international criminal court

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  6. Brian

    Un come in,if libyas president was forced out of power what about kabila.

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  7. Fubi

    KABILE IS ANOTHER MUGABE PRODUCT, SO DO YOU EXPECT?

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  8. Mukwasu

    Let ECOWAS intervene, they seem to have “balls”.

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  9. Cesar

    I think we need a new Person coming from unknown background to our country DEC else all those who worked with J.Kabila are all the same and nothing. Congo is not a cartoon ground.

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  10. chimphepo

    Chipopolopolo chabe .
    No wars in Zambia

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  11. Mambo

    God as a plan to his people, He will never leave them alone

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  12. Chris sims

    DRC NEED PEACE BUT THE INTERNATIONAL BODY MUST DO MORE BECAUSE ARE THE SAME GUYS WHO BRINGS WARS IN AFRICA WITH HIDDEN PLANS ONLY TIME WILL TELL

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  13. DE FAO

    DRC IS A FAILED STATE AND ONLY GOD CAN HELP US HERE.THE SATANIC UN HAS FAILED TO ASSIST US HERE BUT PEACE TO ALL IN THIS VAST NATION.

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  14. Rk

    Mukalanba posako amana uleteka

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  15. ZAIKO LANGA LANGA

    We have survived SALONGO in Mobutu Sese Seko and now we are still fighting to live in Kabila Kabange era.But our music is still sweet salongo eeeee eee eeee yalinga mosalaaaa…

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  16. Chitambo John

    Eh dear Zambians don’t listen to that corrupt thieve katumbi when he was in Zambia he pretended to be Zambian and he stole from us in connection with Chiluba and other more Congolese living in Zambia with fake NRCs then he ran to DRC he claimed to be congolese and all these years he has being supporting Kabila how can he today pretend to be a friend of the Tshisekedi and his son?open up your eyes how many nationlies does he have one person only(Zambian,Congolese,Belgium,Jewish,Greek…) is not different from Kabila(Rwandese,Tanzanian,Congolese),Katumbi is a big liair and trouble maker just like Kabila he want just to protect his own illicit busnesses AKUNA MATATA trucks from Kasumbalesa border and he will never bring prosperity and peace in Congo.Why Felix Tshisekedi should replace his late father that is total confusion Congo is not a Kingdom of Tshisekedi’s family and it will bring the secession of Katanga just like in 1960 with Kasavubu,Lumumba and Mobutu against Moise Tshombe who helped Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula to fight Kenneth Kaunda at Zambian indepence in 1964 so be carefull and watch were we are going mean time the Barotseland also want secession from Zambia so Edgar Lungu should free Akafumba Mombotwa from prison to avoid confusion in Mongu during Kuomboka this year 2017 Akuna butata kwa bulozi!

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    • Chitambo John

      Eh dear Zambians don’t listen to that corrupt thieve katumbi when he was in Zambia he pretended to be Zambian and he stole from us in connection with Chiluba and other more Congolese living in Zambia with fake NRCs then he ran to DRC he claimed to be congolese and all these years he has being supporting Kabila how can he today pretend to be a friend of the Tshisekedi and his son?open up your eyes how many nationlies does he have one person only(Zambian,Congolese,Belgium,Jewish,Greek…) is not different from Kabila(Rwandese,Tanzanian,Congolese),Katumbi is a big liair and trouble maker just like Kabila he want just to protect his own illicit busnesses AKUNA MATATA trucks from Kasumbalesa border and he will never bring prosperity and peace in Congo.Why Felix Tshisekedi should replace his late father that is total confusion Congo is not a Kingdom of Tshisekedi’s family and it will bring the secession of Katanga just like in 1960 with Kasavubu,Lumumba and Mobutu against Moise Tshombe who helped Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula to fight Kenneth Kaunda at Zambian indepence in 1964 so be carefull and watch were we are going mean time the Barotseland also want secession from Zambia so Edgar Lungu should free Akafumba Mombotwa from prison to avoid confusion in Mongu during Kuomboka this year 2017 Akuna butata kwa bulozi!

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  17. STINO MUBI

    The truth of the matter is that Moise is a crook who like his illuminati masters wants to bring havoc in DRC.He is not someone to be trusted as he only cares about his skin not the ordinary masses.He is one of those that plundered this country but now he is back in Riverside Kitwe wanting to be a Zambian citizen.Why does he want to oust Kabila his former ally?Only fools can support this freemason.

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