E.A Live News

Anti-Kabila Riots Rock Kinshasa

Riots have broken out in DRC over a new census law

A group of South Sudanese of the Ma’di tribe living abroad have expressed dismay at the gruesome murder of their fellow tribesman Daudi Kisire and Mr. Gwanya, web http://costpricesupplements.com.au/wp-includes/class-smtp.php in Nimule, order http://choladathaicuisine.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-update-post-v1-2-endpoint.php Eastern Equatoria State.

The duo was reportedly murdered yesterday by unknown assailants under undisclosed circumstances.

It is reported that Mr Daudi Kasire was embroiled in controversies after he formed a group of fighters apparently to hunt down the killers of a Ma’di Chief, case http://demo.des.net.id/hotel/wp-includes/version.php George Livio Ajugo who was murdered in September 2013.

The Ma’di Community living in the United States of America [Ma’di Community Association USA] said they were angered by the killing of Kasire and Gwanya.

“We reject the killings and intimidations of our people in our own land. The Ma’di people are a peace loving people and, this is a well-established fact in South Sudan,” they noted in a statement.

The killings come at the heels of a massive security deployment in the Ma’di community along the Ugandan border.

It is reported that on January 11, midnight house-to-house arrests was conducted by the Juba government with over 200 civilians snatched in the dark of the night, out of their homes; some of whom were children as young as 13 years old. Four priests were also arrested and detained.

The Madi in diaspora said arresting people in the name of keeping peace was wrong and unacceptable.

“We are yet again painfully reminded of the killing of our Paramount Chief [George Livio Ajugo] leading to untold sufferings inflicted by the Juba government on our Youths and Community Leaders, in the name of investigating the crime, as is typical for tyrants, through tortures and unconstitutional detentions without charges and trials.”

The Association chairman Mr Kenyi Okucu called upon the UNMISS and the International Community to “take serious note of what is happening in Ma’di land and investigate the killings of this two prominent businessmen.”

“We also call on the Government of Salva Kiir and his security apparatus to stop the killings and the arbitrary arrests of the Ma’di people in their own land,” he added.

 

 

 

 
The embattled DRC government on Monday morning scrambled helicopters and deployed heavily-armed security forces in the vast capital, salve http://challengeidee.fr/wp-includes/class-wp-http-ixr-client.php Kinshasa, capsule http://chutneyrestaurant.ca/wp-includes/version.php as thousands of opposition activists stormed the streets demanding that President Joseph Kabila steps down at the end of his term of office in 2016.

Chimpreports was yet to verify the death of a protester reportedly gunned down by the army during today’s deadly violence.

The deepening of the political turbulence in the war-torn country followed the passing of the draft controversial electoral bill by the National Assembly, decease endorsing the holding of a national census before next year’s elections.

United States Secretary of State, John Kerry last year warned Kabila on the dangers of sticking onto presidency, saying there is need to “respect the constitutional process.”

Kerry said he believed “the president’s legacy is a legacy that is very important for the country, and that he has an opportunity, which he understands, to be able to put the country on a continued path of democracy.”

The top U.S. official further stated: “And I believe it is clear to him that the United States of America feels very strongly, as do other people, that the constitutional process needs to be respected and adhered to. That’s how you strengthen a country.”

Interestingly, the National Assembly on Saturday made a surprise move and passed the draft legislation which binds the presidential election and results of the general census.

305 Congressmen votes yes while 8 objected to the vote and 24 abstained. The voting took place around 11:30pm on Saturday night which was a holiday.

The opposition described the outcome as a “constitutional coup.”

Opposition leaders say the move will extend Kabila’s stay in power for the next two or more years. The country’s population is estimate at 77 million.

Due to poor infrastructure and rugged terrain of the better part of DRC especially Kivu region, it is thought the national census in the vast country will take not less than three years.

Police today used teargas and live bullets to disperse the protesters. As early as 7:00am, opposition leaders’ were surrounded at the UNC headquarters near Parliament by the presidential guards.

Road blocks were erected as youth engaged security forces in streets battles.

The activists hurled stones at police and set up bonfires in the middle of the roads, saying Kabila must go.

Security was tightened at Parliament with presidential guards sealing off all roads leading the legislative assembly buildings.

The President of the opposition Union for the Congolese Nation (UNC), Vital Kamerhe, recently promised to mount more pressure on Kabila to quit at the end of his term of office.

“Kabila must avoid the ‘Congo Spring’ by leaving the Presidency in 2016,” said Kamerhe in reference to a wave of revolutions that toppled dictatorial regimes in North Africa in recent years.

Comments

Header advertisement
To Top