AFRICA/DR CONGO - "There are attempts to destabilize the Country in order to take power by force", denounces CEPADHO

Saturday, 26 August 2017 armed groups   politics  

Kinshasa (Agenzia Fides) - "We are deeply concerned about the security situation in the cities and territories of the eastern provinces (North and South Kivu, Ituri and Tanganyika) and in the city and Province of Kinshasa", said a statement sent to Agenzia Fides by CEPADHO, a human rights organization that operates in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
"In the North of Kivu alone, during the nights murder and armed robbery take place in Butembo, Beni and Goma or in different cities and countries of the province", denounces CEPADHO.
Attacks on military positions by ADF terrorists (an armed group of Ugandan origin who operate in the region) or Mayi-Mayi militiamen in the territories of Beni and Lubero, causing massive displacements of people from their villages, as well as the increase of roadside robberies on the axes of North Kivu and Ituri", are clear signs of a possible plot to destabilize the institutions", says CEPADHO.
Political tensions stemming from the failure to organize the presidential and political elections by 2017, according to CEPADHO, are likely to lead to violent initiatives by some opposition forces. "Our organization, which shares the concern of those who want to hold elections as soon as possible, discourages any move to take power by force. This is why it denounces some illegal activities undertaken abroad by some compatriots supported by foreign interests to destabilize the Country. A coup is worse than not holding elections within the established date", says CEPADHO which accuses not only the government but also the Grouping Opposition of helping to delay the election" with its intransigence and its divisions".
CEPADHO considers the recent position of the Austro-African Development Community (SADC, see Fides 22/8/2017) not to hold elections by December 2017, "not an interference but an act of realism". (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 26/8/2017)