Published on : 15/11/2020 – 03:34
Thousands of supporters of President Felix Tshisekedi marched yesterday at the call of the presidential party, the UDPS… They were joined by members of the AFDC of former minister Modeste Bahati Lukwebo from the ranks of FCC of Joseph Kabila , progressives of the vice-president of the senate Samy Badibanga and activists of the opponent Franck Diongo. Together, they walked from the Limete interchange, stronghold of the UDPS, to Boulevard Triomphal and even to the People’s Palace.
With our special correspondent in Kinshasa, Sonia Rolley
Festive atmosphere in Kinshasa. The demonstrators cheer the police on with a clear message: “ Mr. Kabila, it’s over for him. We don’t want Kabila for this country. »
In the middle of the crowd, at the head of the procession, the secretary general of the UDPS Augustin Kabuya: “ I appealed for the Congolese people to be able to demonstrate and prove to the world that they are behind the consultations initiated by His Excellency, the President of the Republic, Félix Thsisekedi. This is the reason why you see this craze. »
The police do not intervene when the demonstrators start to pass in front of the People’s Palace, seat of the two Assemblies so far officially dominated by the coalition of former President Joseph Kabila. They are soon joined by UDPS President Jean-Marc Kabund, who speaks at the very end and asks the crowd if they want the coalition to continue. The activists boo.
Jean-Marc Kabund’s most acclaimed proposal: to rename the esplanade on Boulevard Triomphal, the point of arrival of the event, to “place Étienne Tshisekedi”, named after the party’s founder.
After the protest, the president of the UDPS tweeted that dissolution was still an irreversible option if the lines did not move.