UN Chief Guterres Urges DR Congo’s Kabila to Step Down

President of Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila at UN Photo: Wikimedia Commons
President of Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila at UN Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The UN chief Antonio Guterres has called on the Congolese President Joseph Kabila to step down amid the ongoing unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

He urged Kabila to leave office peacefully in accordance the agreement in late 2016 that promised a new election by the end of 2017.

The UN boss’ comments came after the security forces of DR Congo killed around 7 protesters across the country and detained more than a hundred protesters.

In a statement, Guterres urged all Congo “political actors to remain fully committed to the 31 December 2016 political agreement, which remains the only viable path to the holding of elections, the peaceful transfer of power and the consolidation of stability”.

The UN Secretary-General also called for restraint and called on the Congolese security forces to “uphold the rights of the Congolese people to the freedom of speech and peaceful assembly”.

Thousands of people took to the street to protest against Joseph Kabila’s rule in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Kabila’s second term as the president of DR Congo ended in 2016 when he promised a free and fair election to choose his successor by the end of December 2017.

President Joseph Kabila has been in power of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since 2001.

The presidential election vote, however, has been delayed by December 23, 2018. This sparked massive outrage against the Kabila rule.

It raised apprehension among the opposition parties and common Congolese that Kabila may remove the constitutional limits that forbid him from extending his rule any longer.

The opposition leader of DR Congo has been demanding Kabila to step down. His defiance to resign has triggered the new political crisis in the African nation.

A Congolese Opposition leader Martin Fayulu said on Sunday, “We are telling everybody, all over the world, this guy has to go.”

“This guy doesn’t like Congo. This guy has nothing to do with Congo and his time is up.”

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