Two Protesters Killed In D.R. Congo As Botswana Ask Kabila To Step Down

Two protesters died at the weekend in the Democratic Republic of Congo after a political march turned deadly.

Security forces loyal to President Joseph Kabila, whose official mandate expired in December 2016, killed two protestors and injured dozens.

“There is growing unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo as citizens continue to march in support of free and fair democratic national elections. Despite his term legally ending in December 2016, Joseph Kabila has maintained power by and continues to deny citizens an election,” a report published after the weekend incident reads.

More than 47 were injured and an additional 100 arrested – including members of the clergy – when marching in support of democratic elections.

Another march turned deadly last December when security forces killed “about a dozen” citizens.

Meanwhile, Botswana has become the first country in the region to publicly rebuke President Kabila and demanded that he steps downs for the country to hold free and fair elections

The foreign ministry said the situation is DR Congo is particularly bad “because its leader has persistently delayed holding elections, and has lost control over the security of his country.”

The United States and other countries continue to apply pressure to DRC leaders as sanctions lists have grown.

Last week exiled DRC opposition leader Moise Katumbi attempted to get a passport at the DRC embassy in Brussels, Belgium so that he could travel outside of Belgium and ultimately return home.

Katumbi was reportedly denied a new passport until the approval of the presidential office.


  1. Aaron J. Mutambo

    DRC needs to be emancipated. This emancipation will not come unless African leaders sit down at the table of brotherhood and prevail and persuade Joseph Kabila to step aside and pave way for democratic election. DRC is a disturbed economic giant of Africa particularly the great lakes region and subsaharan Africa. We need great minds of Africa who understand where Congo DRC is coming from to solve the problem otherwise it is a thorn in the flesh of Africa. Whatever has come to one country should come for all Africans. In my native tongue we say “China chizele tones” meaning whatever has come has for all of us because it inevitably affects all of us.

  2. ba general

    And these are the people we want to be associating with as a country.work up Zambians the end of such leadership is so sofscated…don’t bring the same leadership in this country pliz!!!!!

  3. Mike T

    Kabila’s attitude, will lead him to the Hague to Face trial if he’s not careful, he will join Pierre bemba Who is currently running a 18 Year jail tearm

  4. Docks Locks

    The behavior of Joseph Kabila leaves much and to be discussed. He behaves the same way his late father behaved.
    The people of Zimbabwe especially the army worked very hard to remove old Mugabe from power. The same can be done in D.R. Congo to remove this evil leader who is enjoying the mass killing of his own people in the name of being the president.
    To my surprise, our President embraced Kabila with them this man with a lot of blood in his hand. Did they discussed anything productive or they exchanged ideas of prolonged staying in office after their terms of office expires.
    Thumbs up to Botswana for telling off Kabila and his fellow dictators to accept the mandate expirely date.
    Let’s hope our kateka will not cling to power when voted out.

  5. Feston

    Just step down

  6. Loui Halw

    You wonder what goes on in these African leaders! Kabila has run his race,pave way and rest.

  7. chombakkkk

    Presidents in Africa are you happy with dr congo people the way the are dying?botswana has told kabila to tep down what of you other presidents what are you saying over this man kabila?few bitter for the congolais sleek to this man kabila to step down or remove him by force.everyday people are dying in drc the are killing them please please presidents in africa few bitter for our friends

  8. Hotness

    Very useless leader, how can he be killing people like that?

  9. Thomas Cameron

    Every leader should prepare his successor. This makes for a smooth transition. It is selfish of a leader to not think of the future.

  10. Sj

    Resources are spent on summits in Africa’s Great lakes region to which governance issues should be discussed which seem to be a waste, what’s the fear in remainding each other on terms and conditions of std(standard) rules in the ruling of a Monarch and that of a Democratitic state? Kabila was here( in Zambia )few days ago with fliers that welcomed his state visit. Was it a well meaning visit? Only to return and ‘ve more blood on his hands.
    Let us not Fan danger for the Nation. Cimo noku ilapulila umulilo mucitenge. Caona mzako cipita maba cilipali we. Thank you Botswana for openly not supporting Sly and Underhand methods in DRC. Zambia as a christian nation should ‘ve been the first to condemn sweeping dirt under the carpet. Comment

  11. Jk

    blood in yo hands

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