Multiple questions after the “coup attempt” in the DRC

Multiple questions after the “coup attempt” in the DRC
Multiple questions after the “coup attempt” in the DRC

In the video that they filmed themselves and posted on social networks, the attackers posed in front of a flag of Zaire, the name of the DRC at the time of Mobutu Sese Seko, the dictator overthrown in 1997. “Long live Zaire, long live the children of Mobutu,” also shouted Malanga, a 41-year-old former soldier who had launched into business and politics, founder of a small diaspora party.

Before the Palace of the Nation, a historic building housing the offices of the presidency, located on the banks of the Congo River in the upscale commune of Gombe, the attackers had attacked not far from there the home of the Minister of the Economy Vital Kamerhe, figure of Congolese politics chosen by the ruling coalition to become president of the National Assembly. The minister and his family were not affected, but two police officers assigned to protect them were killed.

According to the army spokesperson, General Sylvain Ekenge, the authors of this “coup d’état nipped in the bud” were around fifty in total, including several Americans – Malanga, his son and “two white people” – and a “naturalized British” Congolese. Around 40 were arrested and four killed.

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“Life is very hard”

“I’m not afraid, because I’ve already seen more than this joke!” Maman Ndosi, a bread and avocado seller, told AFP, sitting in front of her merchandise in the commune of Gombe, where Activities resumed normally Monday morning. “Politicians stop distracting us, life is already very hard in this country,” adds the mother who, like many Congolese, is very skeptical of official information.

“They are trying to divert our attention from social and security problems,” judges Joël, a civil servant. “I don’t think that in the city center of the capital, attackers could storm a minister’s house or the Palace of the Nation without the authorities being informed,” he says.

The attempted coup, described as an “attempt to destabilize institutions” by the government, was condemned in particular by the head of the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) and the president of the Union Commission. African, who welcomed “the control of the situation” by the army. The ambassadors to the DRC of the United States and Great Britain, in messages on of the “cooperation” of the United States.

These events take place while political tensions are delaying the establishment of the government and the country is facing a serious security crisis in its eastern part, a rebellion (the M23), supported by Rwanda, occupying large parts of the North Kivu province.

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