Kabila still mum on whether he will seek another term

DEMOCRATIC Republic of Congo (DRC) Prime Minister Bruno Tshibala says President Joseph Kabila will not seek a third term in the country’s December elections as constitutional term limits prevent him from running again.

However, the DRC Ambassador to South Africa Bene M’Poko is not confirming this. He says he represents the President, and until he says it himself, it cannot be deemed fact.

President Kabila’s term ended in December 2016, but he has been postponing elections saying there is no budget.

His rivals accuse him of refusing to relinquish power which led to protests.

DRC Prime Minister Bruno Tshibala is attending the International Economic Forum of the Americas conference in Montreal, Canada. He says President Kabila will respect the constitution, and he will not contest the 23 December polls.

The international community has called on Kabila to publicly say he will not run for re-election, but he has not said that he will step aside.

Exiled opposition leader Moise Katumbi addressed his supporters in the capital Kinshasa via a video link last week and called for a united front against Kabila.

The leader of another opposition party UDPS, Felix Tshisekedi told SABC News in Johannesburg that he does not have confidence in the election process.


Gary Murambiwa
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