The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) announced on Sunday, November 5 last: President Kabila will stay in power until early 2019. Which, of course, is not the taste of the opposition which never ceases to demand the departure in late 2017 of the Head of State whose second constitutional mandate ended on December 19, 2016.
According to the new calendar communicated by the Ceni, the election to designate the successor of Joseph Kabila will be held finally on December 23, 2018. Even if “This calendar was drawn up under pressure from the international community, political actors and society Congolese civil “, according to the president of the CENI, Corneille Nangaa, who affirmed recently not being able to organize elections before March-April 2019.
The reactions were not long in coming. Like that of opponent Moise Katumbi on twitter: “This predatory regime wants to prolong instability & misery of the people. We do not accept this whimsical calendar. Stop. #Kabila has to leave. Or this other opponent, Diomi Ndongala, who launches an “Appeal to the General Mobilization of Congolese after the publication of the electoral calendar”.
Suffice to say that the crisis is far from over.