Democratic Republic of Congo: ANMDH calls on political actors to say "no to tribal hate and xenophobia"
from Les Amis de Nelson Mandela pour la défense des Droits Humains (ANMDH)
5/2/19 - Les Amis de Nelson Mandela pour la défense des Droits Humains (ANMDH), a non-governmental organisation based in Kisangani and Kinshasa, is sincerely satisfied with the way in which the Congolese people have followed the electoral process, starting from the protests since 2013 and going through the election campaign for the President of the Republic, the National and Provincial Deputies (30 December 2018) on through the publication of the results and the inauguration of the new President of the Republic (24 January 2019).
ANMDH congratulates the Congolese population who showed a political and civic maturity during all the voting operations before the publication of the results and especially congratulates the sanctions it imposed (the day of the vote) to the political actors. Many of them have not been elected or re-elected. This nonviolent popular demonstration is to be encouraged and is a lesson and a call to the conscience of Congolese politicians, especially the new elected leaders who must be inspired by it.
On the other hand, ANMDH deplores the abrupt reversal of behavior displayed by certain populations after the publication of the results on 10 January 2019) by the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI). Their demands were brutal to the point that it created a climate of mistrust against the CENI, violent attacks between supporters of the Presidential candidates of the republic, and hate speech between nationals of certain tribes of the DRC, the ransacking of some property of state and private individuals. At this stage, 4 TRANSCO buses were destroyed by the demonstrators in Kikwit, 6 are dead and several wounded there; in Kinshasa, particularly at Camp LUKA in Selembao Commune and Kingasani in Kimbaseke Commune, some Luba tribesmen were victims of vandalism. The list goes on...