FINAL REPORT OF THE WORK OF THE SECOND CONCLAVE OF THE GATHERING OF POLITICAL AND SOCIAL FORCES ACQUIRED TO THE CHANGE HELD IN KINSHASA ON 21 AND 22 JULY 2017
On July 21 and 22, 2017, the Gathering of Political and Social Forces Acquired for Change met in conclave in Kinshasa for the second time since its inception.
PURPOSE OF THE CONCLAVE, PARTICIPATION AND ITEMS OF THE AGENDA
The object of this historic gathering was to assess the Rally’s past since its first conclave held in Kinshasa – Limete on October 14, 2016 under the leadership of its charismatic leader of happy memory, Etienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba and to define a new road map and strategies adapted to the realities of the moment in order to achieve the objectives of his struggle in a national context marked by the radicalisation of the tyrannical regime of Joseph Kabila and the dramatic aggravation of the political, security, economic and social crisis he cynically provoked to remain in power in violation of the Constitution of the Republic and against the will of the Congolese people.
The second conclave of the Gathering had the active participation of the delegates of its 10 (ten) components. The names of these delegates are reproduced in the list of participants annexed to this report.
The second conclave of the rally was opened by the speech of its President, Mr Félix Tshisekedi, who took stock of the activities of the rally, defined the framework of the work and defined the objectives to be pursued.
The speech of the President of the Rally was followed by statements by the heads of delegations of the components.
The different interventions above have provided the participants with materials useful for the rigorous analysis of the state of the Nation and the avenues of solution to follow to get the country out of the political impasse and avoid a generalised chaos.
The participants express their gratitude to the speakers and their respective political and social organisations.
They also paid tribute to Etienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba, father of Congolese democracy and a model fighter of freedom and the rule of law in the Democratic Republic of Congo, brutally wrested from the affection of the Congolese people. 1 February 2017.
The rally calls for the conscience of all to organise without delay a national funeral to the dimension of this worthy son of the country and his political work.
A moment of silence was also observed by the participants to honour the memory of Patriarch Fire Mwando Nsimba, member of the Council of Elders of the Rally.
The participants in the 2nd Conclave of the Rally took the opportunity offered by the holding of the second conclave to further engage the Congolese people to pursue relentlessly or weakly the noble fight of Etienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba against all forms of dictatorship and to make the Values of democracy and social progress for which he has devoted all his political struggle.
In the same vein, participants welcomed the memory of the victims of the indiscriminate repression of the dictatorial regime of Joseph Kabila, especially the men and women who were coldly slaughtered by the authorities during the peaceful demonstrations of 19 and 20 September 2016 and On December 19 and 20 of the same year, organised throughout the country, at the call of the Rally, to defend the Constitution of the Republic and demand the organisation of democratic elections within the constitutional deadlines.
Through their delegates, all the members of the rally reiterated their unwavering determination to fight the Kabila regime which plunged the Democratic Republic of Congo into one of the most acute crises in its history and to obtain the organisation of the elections Free, transparent, inclusive and credible conditions under the conditions set out in the Comprehensive and Inclusive Political Agreement of 31 December 2016 for political alternation. To this end, they have taken a firm commitment from the outset to implement without fail the conclusions and recommendations of the second conclave.
It is therefore against the backdrop of renewed determination and commitment that the struggle of the rally for the Liberation of the Congolese People of the Dictatorship in which Joseph Kabila wants to lock him up again , That the participants examined without complacency the following points:
Report on the activities of the Gathering
State of the Congolese nation
New road-map of the Rally.
CONSIDERATION OF ITEMS ADOPTED ON THE AGENDA
Participants noted that despite the repression and multiple hindrances set in motion by the despotic regime of Joseph Kabila, the record of the Rally is generally positive and encouraging.
Indeed, just a few days after its creation, on June 10, 2016 in Genval, Belgium, the rally succeeded two strong mobilisations of the popular masses in Kinshasa in July.
First on the occasion of the triumphant return of its leader and President of the Council of Elders, Etienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba, hosted by several million Congolese on July 27, 2016. Then, at the historic meeting held on the 31st of the same month , On the esplanade of the Stadium of Independence martyrs with a popular participation of the same magnitude.
Afterwards, responding to the Rally’s slogan and thanks to its mobilisation actions, immense crowds of Congolese went down courageously down the streets of Kinshasa and several cities of the country on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 September 2016, To express their rejection of Joseph Kabila as head of the Democratic Republic of Congo and to call for the ballot to be called for the election of the new President of the Republic, replacing Joseph Kabila whose second and last term ended on 19 December 2016 at midnight, in accordance with article 73 of the Constitution.
The Congolese people will remember that these peaceful, authorised and democratic demonstrations were repressed in the blood by the power in disarray. Hundreds of our compatriots lost their lives and others were seriously injured by live ammunition fired at close range by the security forces, not to mention arbitrary arrests, raids by young people and criminal convictions on Several demonstrators in the worst tradition of tyrannical regimes.
The rally wishes to repeat here to the Congolese Nation its oath not to leave unpunished the perpetrators of the bloodshed of all these martyrs of democracy, to compensate their families in due time and to honour their memory in Protecting the democratic political order resulting from Sun City’s inter-Congolese dialogue, whatever the price, and the Constitution of February 18, 2006.
It is in this perspective that the rally has steadily intensified internal pressure on Joseph Kabila and carried out diplomatic actions to compel them, his allies and himself, to respect the Constitution, free the electoral process and To end the totalitarian drift.
Thanks to the active participation of the overwhelming majority of Congolese people and the support of democratic states in the international community, these pressures and actions helped to counter the diabolical conspiracy conceived in the The African Union (AU) of 18 October 2016 against the Congolese people by the Presidential Majority and its allies with the complicity of Sieur Edem Kodjo, facilitator of sad memory, in order to give Joseph Kabila a third presidential mandate which the Constitution prohibits him yet .
However, in order to preserve our People against a new bloodbath that the government was preparing to sink mercilessly once again and to give a chance for a peaceful exit from the crisis, the Rally, faithful to its rule of And non-violence, had to subscribe, without surrender or compromise, to the holding of a truly inclusive political dialogue under the guarantee of the international community and imposed it on Joseph Kabila and his allies.
This is the deepest meaning of the Rally’s approach by being involved, without complacency and lucidity, in the political negotiations of the Inter-diocesan Center in Kinshasa.
These negotiations culminated, under the mediation of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo, CENCO, for the signing, on December 31, 2016, of the Comprehensive and Inclusive Political Agreement of the Inter-diocesan Center of Kinshasa, Majority presidential and allied, on the one hand, and by the rally and the Front for the respect of the Constitution, on the other hand.
This is the place for the Gathering to recall that the Agreement of 31 December 2016 is a coherent and indivisible legal and institutional construct laboriously constructed by the political and social components representative of the living forces of the Congolese Nation with the sole aim of Rapidly lead the Democratic Republic of the Congo to peaceful, free, transparent, inclusive and credible elections.
In addition, pending the holding of these elections, the New Year’s Eve Agreement has the merit of resolving, by consensus, the issue of the general illegitimacy of all members of elective institutions caused by the expiry of these mandates and the Blockade of the electoral process by Joseph Kabila.
Essentially, this Agreement has unequivocally enacted the following fundamental principles:
Absolute respect by all of the Constitution and the laws of the Republic;
No revision or change of Constitution either by parliamentary means or by referendum during the pre-election and electoral period;
The holding of the presidential, legislative and provincial elections by December 31, 2017;
The implementation by the Government of political destabilisation measures, in particular the lifting of all obstacles imposed by the Government against the exercise of human rights and fundamental freedoms, the cessation of politically motivated judicial proceedings, the release of political detainees, The release of political activities for all parties and candidates, the end of the duplication of the political parties of the Opposition, the liberation of the public and private media throughout the national territory;
Audit of the CENI and strengthening its independence, impartiality and capacity;
Establishment of an institution to support democracy under Article 222 of the Constitution in order to ensure the follow-up of both the Agreement and the electoral process, the National Council for Monitoring the Agreement and The Electoral Process, the CNSA;
Retention of Joseph Kabila as President of the Republic and members of national and provincial deliberative assemblies during the pre-election and electoral period;
In return and as a guarantee of the implementation of the Agreement as well as a good end of the electoral process, presentation of the Prime Minister of the Transition by the Opposition / Rally and leadership of the CNSA by the President of the Council of Elders of the Rally .
The New Year’s Eve was therefore seen both as a significant step forward in the direction of the peaceful settlement of the political crisis and a real hope for the holding of truly democratic elections before the end of the year 2017.
That is why the whole Congolese people approved it and the international community supported it, in particular the United Nations through UN Security Council Resolution 2348, adopted unanimously by its members, the African Union , ICGLR, SADEC, the European Union and the United States of America by their respective official positions.
The Comprehensive and Inclusive Political Agreement of 31 December 2016 is undoubtedly an essential achievement of the struggle of the Rally for the holding in the DRC of elections in conformity with the Constitution and the international standards in this field.
Despite the rearguard struggle of Joseph Kabila and his allies who are blocking its implementation, it remains the only consensual and acceptable way to hold the presidential, legislative and provincial elections by December 31 2017, under the minimum conditions of not only transparency and freedom but also equal opportunities for all candidates.
Subsidiarily, for the Rally, the New Year’s Eve Agreement is also one of the valuable pieces of the important political legacy bequeathed to the Congolese people by President Etienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba and the last act of his heroic struggle for the national cause, To retire on 1 February 2017 in Brussels. At the risk of spitting on the memory of its initiator, the Rally can not, under any circumstances, endorse the unwinding of this Agreement.
Consequently, drawing on the unexpected disappearance of its charismatic leader and President of the Council of Elders, Etienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba, the 9 founding members of the rally, on 02 March 2017, revitalised it in order to continue And to finalise, in the internal cohesion and effectively, the fight of the illustrious disappeared in favour of democracy and the rule of law in the DRC.
Thus, the new political and administrative management architecture of the rally is as follows:
The Council of Elders composed of the delegates of the components and led by a President assisted by 3 Vice-Presidents
Coordination of actions led by a Bureau consisting of a Coordinator, 4 Assistant Coordinators, a Rapporteur, an Assistant Rapporteur, a Treasurer and an Assistant Treasurer.
The Rules of Procedure of the Rally were adopted by the Council of Elders in favour of this revitalisation. It determines the functions of the bodies mentioned above and defines the rules for their operation.
The revitalisation of the rally and the adoption of its rules of procedure contributed to the strengthening of its unity, to the clarification of the role of each and to the consolidation of the involvement of all the components of the platform in its leadership. Through the President, the Council of Elders and the Coordination of Actions. They also offered the opportunity to test the sincerity of the attachment of both the components and their respective members to the Rally and to tighten its ranks.
Whatever one may think, thanks to the revitalisation, the rally was able to overcome the severe ordeal of the unexpected disappearance of its leader and continue its struggle for democratic change in the DRC.
In this regard, the Rally says aloud to the Congolese that it is always ready to brave all actions of destabilisation orchestrated by the power and to face with the same vigour, along with the people, the challenges of its fight.
Among these challenges, one of the priorities is the unblocking of the implementation of the Comprehensive and Inclusive Political Agreement of December 31, 2016, in spite of the delaying tactics of Joseph Kabila, and the organisation of elections in The conditions and time limits laid down in that Agreement.
The urgency to fully and faithfully implement the New Year’s Eve Agreement and to organise the elections as agreed becomes all the more evident as the general state of the Congolese Nation is very worrying and foreboding an even greater future dark.
STATE OF THE NATION
Concerning the state of the Congolese Nation, the participants in the 2nd Conclave of the Rally of the political and social forces acquired to the change were unanimous to note with the other compatriots that the Democratic Republic of the Congo goes very badly on all the political and security levels , Economic and Social. The country is on the brink of implosion.
The tension is sharp. The détente created in extremis by the opening of direct negotiations under the mediation of the Roman Catholic Bishops on the eve of December 19, 2016, the date of the end of the second and last mandate of Joseph Kabila at the head of the DRC, Has shattered. The hope of the end of the crisis aroused by the Congolese agreement of 31 December 2016, the day after its signature, has vanished. Neither the spirit nor the letter of this Agreement are respected by Joseph Kabila.
Indeed, having appointed a Prime Minister of his choice in place of the one presented by the Rally as required by the New Year’s Eve Agreement in its clause III.3.3, Joseph Kabila signed, on April 27, 2017, A particular unfinished and falsified arrangement to his political family and his allies, in the absence of the rally and the CENCO, the appointed mediator. Moreover, this fraudulent document modified the Agreement of 31 December 2016 in its essential clauses relating to the appointment of the Prime Minister and the chairmanship of the National Council for the Monitoring of the Agreement and the electoral process entrusted to the President of the Council of Elders Of the Rally.
Political scrambling measures were only applied in a selective and derisory manner. Moses Katumbi is still forced into exile as a result of the judicial proceedings which, moreover, the CENCO investigation report showed that they were a masquerade to prevent him from running for the next presidential election. Diomi Ndongala, Jean-Claude Muyambo, Franck Diongo, Sephora Biduaya, Saa Sita, Jean-Baptiste Kasekwa and Eight Mulongo are still unfairly in jail.
In Kinshasa, Lubumbashi and Goma, to name but the most illustrious cities of the terror of the present regime, hundreds of UDPS fighters and activists of the Rally parties (MSR, ECIDE, UNAFEC, UNADEF …) Are arbitrarily detained and tortured in the obscure jails of the National Police (PNC), the National Intelligence Agency (ANR) and the DEMIAP, all in power.
Restrictions on fundamental freedoms have not yet been lifted and human rights are still the subject of serious violations by State services with impunity. Abductions, arbitrary arrests and detentions, bullying and torture of political opponents and civil society actors by the civilian and military security services are far from over.
The political space remains confiscated because the platforms and parties of the Rally are still prohibited from political activities throughout the national territory. They do not have access to public media transformed into defamation rostrum of opponents and propaganda of the Kabila regime. Media close to the Rally remain closed.
In other words, the political description prescribed by the December 31, 2016 Agreement is placed in the closet of so many other commitments but never honoured by Joseph Kabila.
The Rally requires:
The abandonment of the prosecution of Moses Katumbi Chapwe, as requested by CENCO and the UN High Commission for Human Rights;
The immediate release of Jean-Claude Muyambo, Eugene Diomi Ndongala, Frank Diongo, Sephora Biduaya, Saa Sita, Jean-Baptiste Kasekwa of Huit Mulongo, all fighters and activists of the political parties members of the Rally as well as Civil society actors detained by the security services and the National Police;
The end of the duplication of the political parties of the Opposition;
The total and immediate release of political and media space.
With regard to the elections, participants in the second Rally Conclave observed that the electoral process is always undermined by Joseph Kabila’s sole wish, which, after having deviated from the New Year’s Eve Agreement, providing for monitoring and follow-up mechanisms. This process, dictates the course of action to the leaders of the Independent National Electoral Commission, CENI.
Thus, ignoring the clauses of the New Year’s Eve and the categorical rejection by the overwhelming majority of Congolese of any questioning of the Constitution in force in this suspicious period, Joseph Kabila and his political family pushes the presumption Until publicly inviting the people to the constitutional referendum which they present as a preliminary to the organisation of the elections.
Moreover, Joseph Kabila’s statements to the German newspaper De Spiegel and Lubumbashi before certain notables of the place leave no doubt not only on his rejection of the Comprehensive and inclusive political agreement of the Inter-diocesan Center but also on his determination not to Not allow the elections to take place at the agreed deadline.
In this regard, the announcement of the “impossibility” of holding any election during this year, in Paris at the beginning of July 2017, with much sufficiency, by Corneille Nangaa, President of the CENI, In perfect harmony with Joseph Kabila, lifted all of the referendum sine die of the presidential, legislative and provincial elections.
Thus, the prospect of the presidential, legislative and provincial elections in 2017 is getting farther and farther away, which overheats the minds and exacerbates political tension in the country.
The Rally recalls that neither the Constitution nor the laws of the Republic and still less the New Year’s Eve Agreement empowers the President of the CENI or any institution of the Republic to return or postpone an election, And, in addition, that provided by the supreme law. The Comprehensive and Inclusive Political Agreement of the Inter-diocesan Center only provided for the possibility of adjusting the electoral sequence to three ballots initially foreseen, should there be a case of force majeure which would no longer permit a coupling of the presidential elections, Legislative and provincial.
The Rally wants to make clear that it will not let Joseph Kabila and his allies continue to taunt the Congolese people all the time and practice their Machiavellian strategy of destruction of the Republic.
He denounced the cynicism and hypocrisy of Joseph Kabila and his political family claiming to apply the Comprehensive and Inclusive Political Agreement of the Inter-diocesan Center, while, on the other hand, they perpetrate every day to pervert it and to empty it of its substance.
The rally considers that in so doing, Joseph Kabila and his family have once again proved that they are not reliable contacts. They do not respect the Constitution and the laws of the Republic, nor the agreements signed voluntarily and display the greatest contempt for the Congolese people, the resolutions of the UN Security Council, the recommendations of African regional and sub-regional institutions , And for the European Union, to which, nevertheless, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is bound by an international binding instrument, the Cotonou Agreement.
The diplomatic isolation in which Joseph Kabila is once again confining the Democratic Republic of the Congo is only the logical consequence of his obstinacy in navigating against the deep aspirations of the Congolese people, Democratic alternation and the shared position of the most significant external partners who rightly believe that the organisation of elections in accordance with the Constitution and the New Year’s Eve Agreement in a transparent manner is a factor for democratic progress , Peace, stability and security in both the Congo and the Great Lakes Region.
This position is all the more justified because in fact the Democratic Republic of the Congo currently lives under the regime of a barely veiled constitutional coup d’etat perpetrated by Joseph Kabila.
In the register of territorial administration, the adventure of the hasty installation of 15 new provinces for political ends ended in a total fiasco. These provinces have become hotbeds of financial malpractice and permanent political tensions, as evidenced by casual motions of distrust in the provincial assemblies against the governors of godillots placed in those provinces.
Thus, with Democratic Republic of Congo, with leaders without legitimacy, power-derailed justice and dysfunctional institutions, because of the disastrous and patrimonial management of state affairs by Joseph Kabila, A state in bankruptcy, without authority, incapable of fulfilling its missions in particular, the security of persons and their property.
Already quasi-endemic in the east of the country, the insecurity has reached its climax in the last two years reaching almost the entire national territory.
In fact, in North Kivu, while the populations of Beni and Lubero have not yet finished crying the victims of the cyclical massacres of our fellow citizens who were lent to the ADF-NALU and LRA rebels by the authorities, The wounds opened by the passage of the M-23 sad memory are still gaping, other armed groups and rebels with blurred contours face the Congolese armed forces, the FARDC, in violent battles in Beni and Uvira. The Governor of North Kivu sees it as a sign of a new civil war or of aggression in its province.
In Bunia, the Hema-Lendu inter-community conflict re-ignited from its ashes for reasons that remain unclear.
The Rally welcomes the courage and determination of our valiant soldiers, who, despite the very difficult conditions of work, have constantly exposed their lives, particularly in the East, in the last two decades, Our people and ensure the integrity of the national territory in front of the enemy. He urges all Congolese to support them and urges the government to substantially improve their living and working conditions.
The rally denounces and condemns the irresponsibility of the Kabila regime and its quasi-congenital negligence to eradicate the infernal cycle of repeated violence in the East of the Republic, identify their true authors and punish them.
The participants in the second Rally conclave expressed their revolt at the fact that the government adopts the same behaviour in the center of the country where, for more than 9 months, the Kasai, Central Kasai, Kasai Oriental and Lomami provinces Atrocities and acts of barbarity unnameable by large-scale massacres of civilian populations.
In Kinshasa, in Tanganyika, in the Central Kongo, as in all the other provinces affected by the conflicts, the confrontations between communities are instrumentalized and rekindled by political actors, well known to the authorities. But in the face of which, the State maintained total complacency.
The Catholic Church, human rights NGOs and local elected officials have counted more than 3,000 victims in the above-mentioned provinces, including customary chiefs, women, children and two United Nations experts mandated to investigate violations Mass killings of human rights in the Kasai area where, to date, 83 mass graves documented by the United Nations have been discovered.
Whole villages have been razed to the ground and more than a million Kasaïens have been forced to flee into the bush and to seek refuge in the neighbouring provinces of the Kasai area to Angola under inhuman conditions. They live by expedients and in a state of quasi-denouement.
Despite the gravity of the situation, Kabila power, as usual, has spread in shameless denials about the immateriality of the Kasai tragedy as well as its underlying causes and the exact identity of its authors, thus confirming Inability to secure the Congolese and credited suspicions of its responsibility in this tragedy.
What is worse, Joseph Kabila, his political family and the CENI are now, with the utmost cynicism, exploiting the tragic events of Grand Kasaï to justify incessantly the postponement of the elections which the Congolese people are demanding by 31 December 2017 at the latest .
Under these conditions and in its present configuration, the Kasai crisis is raising many questions, notably about its real protagonists, its real motivations, its purpose and those who benefit from it.
In any event, it is clear that the fire is lighting up in certain key corners of the country as in a strategy of a chaos programmed to prevent the organisation of the presidential, legislative and provincial elections in 2017.
Thus, the consumption of the foreign exchange reserves of the Central Bank no longer allows to cover only 2 to 3 weeks of imports; The national currency, the Congolese Franc, has depreciated strongly in the foreign exchange market, especially against the US dollar, which is trading to date at around 1,700 FC / $ 1 against 930 CFA / $ 1 last year Over the same period, ie a depreciation of more than 65%. According to the IMF’s forecast, with no external budget support, in December of this year, a US dollar will be bought at 2000 FC, a depreciation of more than 100% compared to the October 2016 rate. The national economy, which was 7% in December 2016, will not reach 4% by the end of the current year, according to the most optimistic forecasts. Food and fuel prices increased by about 25% from last January. The newly enacted Finance Law for the financial year 2017 sets the State budget at less than USD 5 billion in own-account revenues at the average US dollar rate, already exceeded, of CFAF 1425.25 / 1, while in 2016 Budget was about USD 9 billion, a 50% decrease in a few months.
Under the combined effect of the contraction of state resources, monetary depreciation and inflation, not only have the salaries of government agents and officials become more insignificant than in January 2017, and the arrears ‘Accumulating more and more in both the public and para-public sectors up to 5 months, but also the purchasing power of the populations has decreased by at least 50% during the last six months.
The decay of basic water, energy, road, sanitation and school infrastructures has been accentuated;
The social tension is perceptible, especially in cities where about 80% of young people are unemployed;
Financial scandals broke out in the national and international media involving Mr Kabila, his family and his family (Panama papers, CENI funds at BGFI, contract for bio-metric passports, management of FPI funds, etc.) in the total indifference of the Public Prosecutor’s Office General of the Republic, the Parliament and the bodies responsible for managing public funds and assets;
During these times, the predatory oligarchy, which is at the head of our political and administrative institutions and which manages the state-owned companies as well as the public institutions in the DRC, displays with arrogance and opulence and is illustrated with impunity by Acts – such as the last distribution of posts to friends and scoundrels – which further aggravate the misery of the Congolese people;
Millions of US dollars are disbursed from the public treasury to, on the one hand, buy the consciences of certain members and leaders of the major state bodies so that they support power, and, on the other hand, pay lobbies Foreigners engaged to advocate with international decision-makers, whilst they whimper with foreign donors for budgetary support;
Finally, the state of the Congolese Nation drawn up by the participants in the Second Conclave of the Rally of Political and Social Forces for Change denotes a double crisis of governance and the legitimacy of the rulers, a logical consequence of a calamitous and increasingly More privatised of the Democratic Republic of Congo by the regime of Joseph Kabila in power for 16 years.
At the present time, this double crisis accentuated by the sickly stubbornness of Joseph Kabila and his extended political family to remain at any cost in power risks, if not quickly and vigorously, to plunge the country into An umpteenth civil war and have it imploded, which will undoubtedly undermine national cohesion and, for a long time, compromise civil peace, the stability of republican institutions and the chances of socio-economic development in the country.
Congolese and Congolese, the time has come for us to stand up, as the 50th Plenary Assembly of their Conference urged us in its Declaration of 3 June last to defend the Republic, its Constitution and the democratic order seriously threatened by The satraps that govern our country.
The critical situation created, planned and sustained by Joseph Kabila and his supporters demands, to be resolved, the holding of free, pluralistic, inclusive, transparent and credible elections by December 31, 2017.
NEW GOVERNMENT ROAD MAP
Therefore, and in the light of all the above, the participants in the 2nd Conclave unanimously adopted the fundamental elements of the new road map of the rally:
Fair, transparent, inclusive, credible and peaceful elections must be held no later than 31 December 2017 in accordance with the Comprehensive and Inclusive Political Agreement of the Inter-Kinshasa Inter-diocesan Center;
To this end, the Rally requires:
The execution of all agreed political decriminalisation measures;
Auditing and reinvigorating the CENI to strengthen its independence, neutrality, impartiality and capabilities;
The timely publication of the electoral calendar taking into account the deadline of 31 December 2017 for presidential, legislative and provincial elections, on the understanding that Joseph Kabila would not seek a third term;
The publication of the results of the operations of enrolment of the electors by 31 July 2017 by the CENI as it has undertaken;
The convening of the electorate no later than September 30, 2017;
The Rally rejects any idea of a possible third dialogue, conveyed by Joseph Kabila and his political family;
Considering that Joseph Kabila deliberately blocked the electoral process and violated the New Year’s Eve, the Rally observed that:
It renounced the legitimacy which only this Agreement conferred on it and can no longer rely on the status of President of the Republic
He is not a credible interlocutor;
It is no longer possible to organise elections with him at the head of the country.
The rally called on Joseph Kabila to release the electoral process and the full implementation of the December 31, 2016 agreement without delay. Otherwise, the rally intends to undertake, with the Congolese people, 64 of the Constitution and the laws of the Republic, all necessary actions until the departure of Joseph Kabila from power;
The rally informs the Congolese people that the program of the actions that it has adopted comprises the following stages:
From the closing of the Conclave:
Call for subscription for the organisation of the funeral of President Etienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba by a voluntary financial contribution of each Congolese from inside and outside, by August 31, 2017, with Bishop Gérard Mulumba. Practical arrangements will be communicated shortly
Launching of the campaign of explanation, awareness and mobilisation of the people throughout the country.
Visit to enrolment centers
From 1 August 2017:
Continuing the campaign of explanation, awareness and mobilisation of the people throughout the country.
Call to observe 2 city-dead days on Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th August
Organisation of popular rallies on Sunday 20 August 2017 in the main towns and cities of the provinces as well as in the four districts of the city of Kinshasa.
As of 1 October 2017, failing which the CENI may convene the electorate for the electoral ballots scheduled for 31 December 2017 at the latest, the following actions are planned and will apply until the departure of Joseph Kabila from the power and the office Of the CENI:
Appeal to the Congolese people not to recognise Joseph Kabila as President of the Republic and the international community to do the same
Sit-in in front of the offices of the CENI throughout the Republic for the departure of Corneille Nangaa and all its Office
Initiation of actions of civil disobedience under article 64 of the Constitution, notably no longer to pay any taxes, taxes, public fees, invoices of SNEL, REGIDESO …
Subsequent to the departure of Joseph Kabila, the establishment of an appropriate mechanism to organise the elections as soon as possible is necessary.
The Rally appeals to all the forces of the nation, political parties and civil society associations not only to mobilise themselves to actively participate in the above liberation actions, but also to take all initiatives Peaceful actions throughout the national territory with a view to:
Absolute respect for the Constitution
The organisation of free, transparent, inclusive and credible elections by 31 December 2017 under the conditions set out in the New Year’s Eve Agreement
To check the restoration of the dictatorship
The achievement of political alternation.
In this context, the rally supports the call for public demonstrations on July 31 launched by the Lucha, the strikes organised by the National Union of Physicians and public officials.
The Rally appeals to bilateral and multilateral external partners, each as far as it is concerned, to:
Support the achievement of the above conditions and electoral framework;
Consolidate the electoral process by strengthening the MONUSCO system and deploying its troops as widely as possible throughout the country, in order to secure both electoral operations and candidates alongside the National Police;
Ensure the more formal and binding involvement of the United Nations and the OIF in monitoring the electoral process according to their own mechanisms and on the basis of their respective previous experiences;
Effectively disbursing the pledged funds in particular through the PACEC and assisting in the capacity-building of electoral observers of credible civil society organizations and their deployment in sufficient numbers throughout the national territory.
The rally thanks the external partners of the Democratic Republic of Congo for their support of the Congolese efforts to build a true democracy and the rule of law in their country, a guarantee of civil peace, stability and sustainable progress. Need any nation to develop.
The Rally urges them to continue this support and supports the targeted sanctions imposed by the European Union and the United States of America against the barons of power in power that impede democracy and the electoral process by posing, ordering and encouraging Acts violating human rights and fundamental freedoms or by making statements and attitudes pursuing the same objective.
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Congolese Think Tank Centre, Calls for reform of the New Year's Eve Agreement
As all cases cease, the Congolese think Tank Centre calls on the United Nations, the ...read more