The embattled DRC government on Monday morning scrambled helicopters and deployed heavily-armed security forces in the vast capital, erectile http://coparmex.org.mx/wp-includes/cache.php Kinshasa, http://couragelion.org/wp-content/plugins/wp-super-cache/plugins/awaitingmoderation.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, 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.
Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has blasted president Museveni for calling opposition leaders wolves while addressing a rally in Kabale district during his tour to the western districts.
FDC spokesperson, approved http://crystalhills.org/crystalhills.org/media/widgetkit/widgets/map/layouts/dashboard.php John Kikonyogo while speaking to journalists at the party headquarters described president Museveni’s comments as immoral and unacceptable in a modern society.
“Am aggrieved by Museveni’s insults to opposition leaders; calling them wolves. He should know that he has no right to ridicule any person and in any case he should have been in custody by now,” Kikonyogo quarreled.
“Such a leader is not in position to lead anybody with such abusive insults; no wonder he was one time heard saying, ‘If you abuse me, I abuse you back; don’t I have a mouth.”
The President made the remarks Wednesday while speaking at a rally in Rukiga County, Kabale District.
President Museveni warned he would not hand over power to opposition whom he described as “wild dogs” (emishega).
Museveni said he was troubled by persistent calls from different sections of the opposition that he should relinquish his position as president.
“I am not going anywhere until this country is completely secured. These self-seekers are saying agende (he must go). I can’t hand over the running of this country to wolves. They will divide this country and bring confusion here. I am still here. I will not go,” charged Museveni.