By Oliver Tshinyoka
On the 28th September 2016, theorganizations have sent to H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission a letter titled “APPEAL FOR URGENT ACTION TO STOP VIOLENCE AND STRENGTHEN THE NATIONAL DIALOGUE IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO” to urge her Excellency to take decisive actions that could avoid chaos in the DRC.
Analyzing the situation, the African civil society organizations have noticed the lack of confidence in the neutrality and impartiality of the facilitator H.E. Mr. Edem Kodjo as he discharges his mandate; the lack of efforts to ensure the participation of key political opposition figures and civil society groups in the National Dialogue, without which the process is not credible; Delays in the voter registration exercise and uncertainty on the election calendar due to a lack of direction from the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) on the election timetable; Ambiguity over whether President Joseph Kabila will be seeking a third term as President.
The analysis is followed by 4 clear recommendations’:
- To Reinforce the importance of the right to peaceful demonstration, to publicly call on the Congolese security forces to refrain from excessive use of force against protesters, and warn that such violations are unacceptable.
- Call on the Government of the DRC to guarantee the people’s right to freedom of expression and to open the media space.
- Actively foster a new, all-inclusive and credible National Dialogue, which includes key opposition parties and civil society.
- Closely work with the Support Group for the Facilitation of the National Dialogue in the DRC to appoint a new mediator for fresh political talks.
You may get the letter on the following link.