Congo’s general elections ‘will not happen’, says leading opponent

THE PLANNED general election in the Democratic Republic of Congo next month ‘will not happen’. That was the prediction this week of Christian Malanga , the President of the United Congolese Party, just weeks before the planned plebiscite on 23 December.

Last week the President of the DRC, Joseph Kabila, invited journalists to his residence in Kinshasa to launch the election campaign. Kabila has said that he will not stand. Although his electoral mandate ended in 2016 he has continued in power and acceded to requests for new elections.

However, Christian Malanga, who created the United Congolese Party and last year established a Government-in-exile, said it was a sham that the elections would go ahead. “He won’t hold these. It was simply a way of appeasing the
international community,” he told The Church of England Newspaper this week.

The current administration has heralded the elections, even promising that the ballots will enter a new era, with electronic voting for the country’s 18 million voters. However, even that figure is disputed. President Kabila cited one reason for delaying the election as ‘the number of electors is unknown’.

But this desire for electronic voting has not convinced his opponents. “The country is not capable of having elections. The DRC lacks infrastructure and does not even have clean water, never mind the electricity for the voting machines. Even the roads are non-existent,” said Christian Malanga. The President’s critics have also hit out at demands from the current administration that presidential candidates put up a US$100,000 registration fee.

Some have suggested that this sum is coming from Kabila himself, to ensure that only candidates he has vetted are allowed to stand. Constitutionally he is not allowed to stand again, but Malanga’s claim that the elections will be aborted again will spark unease in the international community. The election campaigning has already started in the country, but there are fears for fresh violence.

In August, according to Human Rights Watch, government security forces opened fire on opposition supporters. Up to 300 people are claimed to have been killed while the DRC Government was accused of persecuting opposition figures. That is one reason why Christian Malanga is not contesting these elections.
Instead, he told us: “The only solution is a replacement by a transitional government.” That idea is supported by churches in the country but the political atmosphere makes it difficult to speak out. Campaigners say the country has suffered ‘appallingly’ under Kabila’s leadership.

One observer told us: “Malanga is the only true opposition leader. He has organised grassroots communities throughout the country. But the country needs the international community to help and support the transition to democracy.”

97 Responses to "Congo’s general elections ‘will not happen’, says leading opponent"

  1. Martine Musikangondo   08/12/2018 at 13:54

    Merci président christian pour vos démarche de paix et de stabilité politique pour new zaïre soyez le bienvenue président

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  2. Ezangi vialeko Ramada   08/12/2018 at 14:01

    Président malanga Christian votre initiative est louable
    Soyez le bienvenue aux new zaïre

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  3. Willy Nkunku samakiaku   08/12/2018 at 14:10

    Pas d élection avec le système kabier et la personne de Kabila Joseph nous vous attendons vivo new zaïre vive président Christian malanga

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  4. Okobo Alengila   08/12/2018 at 14:15

    Soyez le bienvenue, soyez le bienvenue soyez le bienvenue président Christian malanga welcome

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  5. Paulin Kayiba   08/12/2018 at 14:22

    Nous congolais,nous sommes près et préparer pour recevoir
    P C M président du new zaïre (Drc)

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  6. Linongi Mangondo marie Helene   08/12/2018 at 14:32

    L’unique et le seul pour le changement son excellence president Christian malanga yakaaaa

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  7. Akys Kituba   08/12/2018 at 14:38

    Sans toi président Malanga à la présidence l occupation persiste vient nous libérer soyez le bienvenue dans ton pays

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  8. Michel Kabwe kangbe   08/12/2018 at 15:14

    En âme et en conscience le vrais congolais crié victoires victoire pour le changement .

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  9. Reddy mwata muyuku   08/12/2018 at 15:25

    Président Christian malanga realy eager to see you for the great changes

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  10. Jean guy kikamba   08/12/2018 at 15:54

    Le pays a besoin du nouveaux vent ,celui de LA bonne gouvernance.
    Avec vous nous avons l’espoir
    Soyez le bienvenue

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  11. Lungemba mackela   08/12/2018 at 19:05

    Président Christian malanga l homme du moments venez soyez le bienvenue

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  12. Nzuzi kamasisua   08/12/2018 at 19:11

    We are waiting without stop come please do your Best you ‘re only one with transition .

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  13. Lesley yowa mulumba   08/12/2018 at 19:19

    Nous Sommes nombreux à recevoir notre pr de jeune Christian malanga avec une nouvelle classe politique et instructions pour le développement .

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  14. Sharonne maliki   08/12/2018 at 19:26

    Pas du tout fanatisme mais la vérité est vous été nôtre moïse nous soutenons ton effort faite soyez le bienvenue

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  15. Roby mbuyi mumba   08/12/2018 at 19:30

    New zaïre,notre pays vous mérite soyez welcome

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  16. Kuku masika   08/12/2018 at 19:35

    Impatient tout les province du Congo les femmes et les hommes les enfants même le sous sol et le ciel son près pour votre arrive vient notre chef

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  17. Chekinah j katalay batanga   08/12/2018 at 20:26

    NB notre président c est Christian malanga pas un autre car l ‘ abomination et le plus grand péché est de garder tout les groupes kabilier et les accompagnateur du système car voulons un changement définitive Christian mérite

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  18. Alengila okombo   08/12/2018 at 20:37

    Flash,flash,flash la chose longtemps cherche notre Dieu a fait un miracle voilà la porte du sortie la transition prédit par l homme du moment PR malanga vous été le bienvenue dans tout étendu du Congo

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  19. Fidèle dasi muzungu   08/12/2018 at 20:49

    Voix le jour de victoire Christian notre pr ton nom a une partie du nom du seigneur Jésus christ c est pourquoi vous été le libérateur soit oint et béni

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  20. Fulgence Mantata   08/12/2018 at 20:55

    Nangaa très manipuler par Kabila et son système l’homme sans compromis 100% fils du zaïre suscité par johva
    Christian malanga nous vous aimons viens papa

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  21. Zacaria nunga   08/12/2018 at 21:02

    Merci tout puissant Dieu
    Car un fils nous est née un don nous est donne Christian malanga la voix de la liberté et la restauration du Congo car je veut renté dans mon pays 14ans d exil

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  22. Gilles lyonel malassi   08/12/2018 at 21:10

    Vient tous ensembles nous ferions une pierre pesante pour l ennemie du peuples car vous été le seul leader pour le peuples vive Christian malanga vive le changement

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  23. Ebel eniang   08/12/2018 at 21:19

    Un mot de votre part créé une confusion dans le camps de l’ennemi, MP,Kabila,et même les soit disant opposition car le vrai opposant Christian malanga du partie de congolais unis est près pour mettre tou les médiocres hors champs

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  24. Mayele ntshonso   08/12/2018 at 21:28

    Pas de commentaires mais la joie du nouveaux zaïre est là bienvenue aux pays de Lumumba, kasavubu, mubutu laurand Kabila, tshisekedi .

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  25. Yawidi   09/12/2018 at 08:45

    We support president like our heroes in DRC .

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  26. Blaise kamanga   09/12/2018 at 08:51

    United Congolese party still waiting a man leader of new Zaire.

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  27. Hilaire rigobert   09/12/2018 at 08:53

    The suffering of Congolese is now finish with Christian Malanga.

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  28. Simon mpadi   09/12/2018 at 08:55

    Thanks England church for your support in DRC.

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  29. Aidifidami   09/12/2018 at 08:58

    We are Happy about all your job in England church.

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  30. Monique   09/12/2018 at 09:01

    President Christian Malanga is the one the country need for now.

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  31. Patrick   09/12/2018 at 09:06

    DRC is under occupation of Rwanda and Uganda we need liberation first election after, Christian Malanga to lead the transition.

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  32. Lugemba   09/12/2018 at 09:10

    Peoples are very tired with Kabila government we need another leadership.

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  33. Matondo   09/12/2018 at 09:13

    Kabila is killing our sisters and brothers Christian Malanga must come fast.

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  34. Shako   09/12/2018 at 09:18

    President Christian Malanga got a big team for DRC welcome.

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  35. Mayele   09/12/2018 at 09:22

    Our government will be focus on Good governance, democracy and freedom.

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  36. Ebal   09/12/2018 at 09:24

    Malanga Christian is a gift for all Congolese, thanks God for everything

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  37. Lyonel   09/12/2018 at 09:28

    The opposition party are the something with a government of Kabila, we don’t want theme.

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  38. Israel   09/12/2018 at 09:30

    The election in DRC will never sort AUT our problems only transition with Christian Malanga.

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  39. Zacharias   09/12/2018 at 09:34

    The country got too much, mining, oils diamond, gold but the citizens are poor, Christian Malanga must change the life of new Zaire

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  40. Fulgence Mantata   09/12/2018 at 09:38

    President must create a job for us we are under unemployment, we need job.

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  41. Fidele   09/12/2018 at 09:41

    Thanks England church for your support but I need your support until the country to develop.

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  42. Spiridon   09/12/2018 at 09:44

    I support president Christian Malanga welcome thanks England church, don’t disturbed us let this be the true.

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  43. Alengila   09/12/2018 at 09:47

    Christian Malanga is a strong man and he understand the country and the problems of the DRC.

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  44. Katalay   09/12/2018 at 09:53

    The England church is a big church I now, I believe this is a reality for my country, God bless all of you, for your contributions of freedom in DRC, thanks England church, I love you all my hearts.

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  45. Miriam   09/12/2018 at 09:56

    I’m a young ladies in South Africa from DRC, I support president Christian Malanga is a welcome of freedom, thanks England church newspaper Be bless.

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  46. Gabriel   09/12/2018 at 09:59

    The country need the change for his citizens the life a good life, thanks England church newspaper be bless.

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  47. Magalie   14/12/2018 at 14:25

    President Christian Malanga. Me population du Congo t’attend a bras ouverts. Soyez les bienveus.

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