Angolan President, Kabila Set To Meet Monday Over DRC Polls

Angola President João Lourenço and his Democratic Republic of Congo counterpart Joseph Kabila will meet Monday in Lobito, Benguela to discuss preparations of the upcoming December 23 elections.

According to local media in Angola, the two statesmen will review the prevailing situation in DRC with the elections top on the agenda.

President Kabila is constitutionally barred from seeking a third term although indications are clear he has succumbed to the temptation of extending his tenure beyond the 17 years he has served so far.

As a result, the DRC government is blocking any form of opposition from campaigning.

The political situation in the DRC had recently been addressed during Lourenço’s visit to France with the exclusion of Kabila.
On that occasion, a summit with other African statesmen was held in Luanda also without Kabila.

Congolese officials have been targeting political parties in the opposition, pressure groups such as the Catholic Church and civil society organizations, as well as university students, who repudiate Kabila’s hypothetical candidacy for a third term in the upcoming elections.

In 2016, President Kabila and the opposition in DRC signed what is now a standing agreement dubbed “St. Sylvester Accord”, which like the constitution bars the incumbent from seeking a third term.

The postponement of a meeting by the DRC between Kabila and the UN Secretary-General António Guterres and the African Union Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat to discuss the state of the presidential election has further heightened speculation and increased tension.

Setting the meeting for a date after August 8 has not helped matters as nomination of the presidential election is before that date and Kabila would have filed his nomination a situation that could potentially plunge the country into chaos.

President of the Alliance of Movements of Congo Deputy Claudel Lubaya says Kabila’ approach is aimed at destroying the country.

“Kabila chose to sacrifice the entire nation for personal survival,” adding that ” Joseph Kabila made the self-centered choice of sacrificing the entire nation for personal survival by violating his repeated solemn oath. He finally broke the constitutional order and the New Year’s Eve agreement.”

International observes and majority Congolese have advised Kabila against seeking a third term as it will interfere with the peace of the DRC.

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