DR Congo tycoon seeks permission to return to contest key election

Multimillionaire and political heavyweight Moise Katumbi on Monday said he had sought permission to return to DR Congo this week to contest presidential elections in one of Africa’s most volatile countries.

Katumbi said in a phone interview with AFP that he was in Johannesburg and had written to the civil aviation authorities requesting permission for his private jet to land on Friday in Lubumbashi, capital of Katanga province.

Katumbi, 53, a former governor of the mineral-rich province, has been living in self-imposed exile in Belgium since May 2016 after falling out with President Joseph Kabila. He has vowed to return for the long overdue December 23 election despite being handed a three-year jail term in a case of alleged property fraud.

He is also on trial for supposedly hiring mercenaries and for possessing an Italian passport — Congolese law does not allow double nationality. Katumbi’s lawyer Eric Dupond-Moretti said in Paris last week that said the ongoing cases were a « judicial farce, » adding: « If he is arrested, the decision will be strictly arbitrary ».

‘SUCCESSOR’

Kabila, a former soldier, has been in power since 2001, when he took over from his assassinated father. Presiding over a government widely criticised as corrupt and incompetent, he was constitutionally due to quit office in December 2016 at the end of his second elected mandate. But he has remained in power until a successor is elected, provoking street protests that have been bloodily repressed.

Kabila has vowed to respect the constitution but so far not spelt out if he will contest the election, nor has he yet designated a successor. However, government members and members of his party said on Monday that he had asked allies to suggest a potential candidate. « He wants every (pro-Kabila political) group to put forward four names in the next 48 hours so that he can choose the candidate for the Common Front for Congo (FCC), » said a minister, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The FCC — a « grand political electoral coalition » — was created by the cabinet earlier this year « to provide support for a single candidate » for the elections. It has named Kabila as its « moral authority ». Both Katumbi, born to a Greek businessman father and a Congolese mother, and Kabila hail from Katanga, a sprawling region the size of Spain, and were once allies.

The province is a microcosm of some of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s problems — an explosive mix of political rivalry intertwined with personal economic interests. Katumbi’s assets include the Congolese football club TP Mazembe which has won the CAF Champions League. Another potential rival to Kabila is former warlord and ex-vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba, 55, who in June was acquitted of war-crimes charges in The Hague.

He has vowed to return to Kinshasa on Wednesday to file his election bid. Candidates must physically be in the country to lodge their applications. On Monday, the governor of Kinshasa said he would ensure security and ordered 10 policemen to guard Bemba after his arrival, an official in his MLC party said.

His party previously said that he would arrive in Gemena, a town in his stronghold of the northwest, on Tuesday. But on Monday it said he had not had flight authorisation for landing there.

 

By AFP, in Daily Monitor, 31.07.18

4 réflexions au sujet de « DR Congo tycoon seeks permission to return to contest key election »

  1. ONCE AGAIN, THE TIME HAS COME FOR KABILA’S THUGGISH REGIME TO END, AND WITH IT THE SHEER MISERY OF MILLIONS OF CONGOLESE AND THE PLUNDER OF DRC’S RESOURCES BY KABILA AND HIS CRONIES INCLUDING THE ISRAELI MAFIOSI DAN GERTLER.

    IT’S INADMISSIBLE THAT A COUNTRY OF 80 MILLIONS IN THE HEART OF AFRICA, AS POTENTIALLY RICH AS BRAZIL, SHOULD BE AT THE MERCY OF A BLOODY THUG WHOSE INCOMPETENCE IS BEYOND MEASURE AND WHO THRIVES VIA CORRUPTION AND MURDER OF POLITICAL CHALLENGERS (HE FAILED TO « ELIMINATE » JP BEMBA IN A BLOODY ASSAULT ON BEMBA’S PRIVATE RESIDENCE 2006).

    NOW, GET THIS: 6 DAYS BEFORE THE DEADLINE FOR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES TO COME FORWARD & DECLARE THEIR CANDIDACY TO THE ELECTION BOARD, KABILA HAS NOT YET NAMED HIS « DAUPHIN » OR UNEQUIVOCALLY REVEALED HIS INTENTION TO STEP DOWN, DESPITE BEING BARRED FROM SEEKING A 3RD TERM BY DRC’S CONSTITUTION.

    KABILA IS INSTEAD BUSY HIRING LOBBYING FIRMS AND DESPERATELY TRYING TO BRIBE LEADERS AROUND AFRICA, IN EUROPE, AT THE UN (YES U.N.) AND IN WASHINGTON D.C. TO CLING TO POWER.

    1. It seems to me that the real beneficiary of looting Congolese natural resources is Rwanda. Why is it so difficult to name this country?

  2. Etude Politique, Stratégique, Géopolitique, et Géostratégique pour la RDC.

    Thème : Alerte Générale aux RDCongolais et à la Diaspora, au CLC, et au Cardinal.

    Bandeko, natindelaki bino ba Etudes ebele po na kolakisa bino Stratégies nini ba Occidentaux balengeli po na kopesa bokonzi ya mboka na bapaya na 2018,

    Nalakisaki tè Moïse Katumbi azali na motu ya molongo po akoma Président de la République na RDC. Lokola bamonaki tè totelemelaki likambo ya Moïse Katumbi na tina tè azali mopaya awuta na Zambie-Italie-Israel, balukaki moto mosusu akoki kondimama na ba Congolais po akoma Président de la République na RDC. Yango wana baye kobimisa Jean- Pierre Mbemba na boloko ya CPI. Noki-noki, Kanambe atindeli Jean-Pierre mbemba Passeport Diplomatique po azonga na Kinshasa. Kozonga Jean-Pierre Mbemba azongi, ye wana apesi candidature ya ye na poste ya Président de la République.

    Kanambe aboyi kozonga ya Moïse Katumbi na RDC. Na Belgique, esika Moïse Katumbi afandaki, abimisi Communiqué tè azali kozonga na mboka ya ye. Tozelaki tomona epayi wapi mboka ya ye ezalaka, toye komona Moïse Katumbi akiti na avion ya ye na Zambie, mboka ya ye, lokola nabelelaka tango inso. Sima, lokola ye moko alobi, akokota na RDC na nzela ya motuka.

    Na RDC, Moïse Katumbi azali na bato bazali kozela ye : 1) Kyungu wa Kumuanza na baninga ba ye, 2) Félix Tshilombo na UDPS ya ye, na ba Olivier Kamitatu, etc.

    Yango wana ba Occidentaux babimisi ba sondages d’opinion po na élection présidentielle na RDC. Na sondage yango, Moïse Katumbi azali liboso, alandani na Félix Tshilombo.
    « La Libre Afrique
    L’actualité africaine. Libre et indépendante.
    RDC: Elections: des opposants en tête d’un sondage
    Dans République démocratique du Congo
    2 mars 2018
    Marie-France Cros
    Selon ce sondage, qui demandait pour quel candidat voterait l’interrogé si les élections présidentielles se tenaient dimanche prochain, l’opposant katangais Moïse Katumbi arrive en tête avec 26% des voix, malgré l’exil; avant celui-ci, en février 2017, il obtenait 38%.

    Félix Tshisekedi suit avec 14% des intentions de vote, contre 5% en février 2017 – mois du décès de son père – et 19% en novembre dernier. »

    « La Libre Afrique
    L’actualité africaine. Libre et indépendante.
    RDC : Nouveau sondage, Katumbi, Bemba et Tshisekedi au coude à coude
    Dans République démocratique du Congo
    31 juillet 2018
    Hubert Leclercq
    Selon ce sondage, qui demandait pour quel candidat voterait l’interrogé si les élections présidentielles se tenaient dimanche prochain, l’opposant katangais Moïse Katumbi arrive en tête avec 26% des voix, malgré l’exil; avant celui-ci, en février 2017, il obtenait 38%.

    Félix Tshisekedi suit avec 14% des intentions de vote, contre 5% en février 2017 – mois du décès de son père – et 19% en novembre dernier. »

    Likambo oyo ezali kosalema exactement denge nakomelaki bino na ba Etudes misusu. Félix Tshilombo azali Utilisé lokola ba Occidentaux bazalaki ko Utiliser tata ya ye po na kofandisa ba rwandais na bokonzi na RDC, pe kowumelisa bango na bokonzi na RDC. – Accord de Sun.City, na Accord de Kigali, na Accord d’Ibiza, nyonso oyo ezali kolakisa denge nini Etienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba na mwana ya ye Tshilombo Félix bazalaki Utilisés po na kofandisa ba rwandais na bokonzi na RDC, pe kowumelisa bokonzi ya bango.

    Lelo, Etienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba akufa, kasi Tshilombo Félix azali kolanda nzela tata ya ye. Azali ko soutenir toujours bapaya po bakoma ba Présidents na RDC.

    Likambo oyo, Tshilombo Félix azali kosala yango na kuku, po ba Congolais ya mayele bayeba té eloko nini azali kosala ; denge moko asalaki po na Accord d’Ibiza.
    Po Moïse Katumbi akoma Président na RDC, Kyungu wa Kumuanza atelemi ngui. Or, Kyungu wa Kumuanza ye moko alobaki na vidéo ya ndeko Eliézer tè Moïse Katumbi azali Juif ! – Moïse Katumbi ye moko, ye oyo na vidéo azali koloba tè tata ya ye azalaki Juif. – Donc ye pe azali Juif : – « MOISE KATUMBI YE MOKO ANDIMI AZA ETRANGER 100% PAPA NA YE AZA JUIF-CREQUE, MAMAN …. ».
    Tshilombo Félix ye moko ayebi tè Moïse Katumbi azali Juif, po ye moko akendaki na Israël : tomonaki ye pe na Jérusalem ; lokola Kyungu wa Kumuanza akendaki na famille ya Katumbi na Israël na invitation ya Katumbi.
    Pourquoi ces Etrangers sont en première ligne pour la Conquête de Pouvoir Suprême en RDC ?

    Ezali po na ko Exclure Cardinal Monsengwo na Transition ; po bayebi tè soki Cardinal azui bokonzi, ba Occidentaux bakokoka koyiba lisusu na RDC té.

    Tshilombo azali kolanda mitindo ya ba belges baye bazalaki kokosa Etienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba. Yango wana nalobaka lisese ya « Tel père, tel fils. »

    Conclusion :

    CLC na Son Excellence le Cardinal bafongola miso. Tolingi bokonzi ya mboka ezongela biso na nzela ya Son Excellence le Cardinal Monsengwo P.

    Soki bomoni likambo ya élection ekomi ya kowela, ezali po bamoni tè date ya le 08.08.2018, to les 12, 13, na 14.08.2018 ya Soulèvement Populaire ebelemi. Yango wana bazali kosala molende po Soulèvement Populaire esalema té.

    Bernard B.
    03.08.2018

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