Trouble breaks in the DRC

Presidents Tshisekedi and Masisi arriving at a press conference PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
Presidents Tshisekedi and Masisi arriving at a press conference PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

Visiting President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is steadfast that his country will hold peaceful and democratic elections end of this year despite repeated instability in the eastern part of the country. Tshisekedi's State visit ends today.

Masses have been forced to flee the country for their safety with some missing the crucial process of voter registration ahead of the country’s General Election in which Tshisekedi seeks the second and last term in office as per the country’s 2006 national Constitution. Tshisekedi took over the reins of power in 2018 from his predecessor Joseph Kabila who led the Congolese for nearly two decades.

The resurgence of military attacks by the armed groups known as March 23 Movement rebels or M23 in the eastern region at the north Kivu and Ituri provinces, has reportedly been disruptive in the much-needed process of voter registration which commenced last year December ahead of the impending General Election billed for December, 2023, a process that is crucial for the Tshisekedi-led administration.

Editor's Comment
Women in Politics caucus NGO, a welcome development

In the 2014 General Election, women who stood for parliamentary elections were a mere 17 out of a total of 192 aspirants, and sadly the number dropped to 11 out of 210 parliamentary aspirants in the 2019 General Election. Hopefully, registration of the Women in Politics Caucus will give women the necessary support to join politics. While things were slowly improving, women for a long time were at the receiving end as compared to their male...

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