Congolese Perspective: D.R.C Constitution Changes & Sudan Split

Guest blogger: Didier Lifenya Kombozi, Kisangani D.R. Congo

A Crowing Hen will occasionally host comments from African nationals on emerging issues. Didier Lifenya Kombozi is a Congolese national who holds a degree from the University of Kisangani. He currently works for a United States funded agriculture development project.

DRC Issue.

According my point of view about the election issue in DRC, the recent bill for the constitutional amendment to allow the election in one round, I guess the ruling party wants to do that because they’re not sure to win this election. Moreover, if they go up to the second round, there’s no way for them to rig the ballot. The would-be reason for funding is not really the main reason requiring them to amend the constitution to one round. If the government could really expect the election in DRC, they could not recently send what they sent to Haiti to facilitate the rescue of some victims due to the earthquake. I guess they sent something like 2.5 million U.S. dollars to assist them while they’re expecting the general election.

The lack of funding is not the main reason to change the election to one round in DRC. In this situation, the international community should not remain indifferent towards DRC in this period of general election, because they have already promised that they will support DRC to organize the election as declared the minister of communication Lambert Mende. On the other hand, I can say that, the international community wants to have President Kabila remain in power. This might be like a plot between the government of Kinshasa and the International Community. DRC is a post conflict country, not able to organize the election yet, even though it’s an independent country, but still be immature to organize the general election without the support of International community.

Sudan’s Issue.

Personally, I think the the independence of south Sudan, the partition of Sudan won’t be a good solution and the priority should be to bring peace to the country. This fact might bring up trouble after the partition, but the key option should be to gather all those politicians around a table, bring about a good solution which will last longer, and to facilitate an economic flourish for the whole country. Even if they proceed to the partition, without a good reconciliation among politicians- that partition might be just a weak and temporary peace for the south of Sudan.


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