Democratic Republic of Congo’s Looming Calamity.

Copyright:-Africa Center for Strategic Studies….

The Democratic Republic of Congo appears to be on a slow-motion path to tragedy. After 15 years in office, President Joseph Kabila will fulfill his term limits in November.

Constitutionally, it will be time for a democratically elected successor to take his place. The United Nations, African Union, European Union, France, United Kingdom, and United States all support holding elections. Yet Kabila has avoided organizing them and instead seems intent on holding onto power indefinitely.
The Congolese people are actively demonstrating to secure their right to elect a new head of state (see chart). These protests have at times been met by violence by security forces resulting in dozens of deaths and disappearances.

Media outlets have been closed. Opposition candidates, journalists, and human rights advocates continue to face harassment, abuse, and unlawful detention.
Kabila, moreover, has attempted to avert his departure by eroding the country’s legal checks and balances and denying the opposition from any platform from which they could challenge his authority.