UN mission lauds opposition rallies in Kinshasa

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Josephine Lukoya


Florence Marchal, Monusco spokesperson

Kinshasa-The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Congo (MONUSCO) congratulates the Kinshasa authorities for allowing the good conduct of two strong opposition rallies organized on Tuesday 24 April by the UDPS and Saturday 9 June on the platform Ensemble pour the Change at Saint Teresa Square in Ndjili.

Monusco believes that the peaceful nature of the demonstrations of these opposition parties should serve as an example to build trust between all parties involved in the electoral process and the Congolese authorities. The statement reads in apart.

“MONUSCO congratulates both parties for the smooth running of the event that was held on Saturday. First of all, the authorities of the province of Kinshasa who made this event possible and the opposition political parties that organized the event for organizing it in a serene and peaceful atmosphere. . It is important that in this election year, demonstrations can take place without violence on the entire Congolese territory, “said MONUSCO spokesperson Florence Marchal on Radio Okapi.

It welcomes the opening of the political space and wants it to be generalized.

“MONUSCO, through the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, will continue the plea for such demonstrations to take place throughout Congolese territory because it is important that in this election year, the exercise of freedom of expression is guaranteed in a peaceful environment, “said the spokesperson for MONUSCO.

The demonstration of the political platform Together for Change is a second major political activity of the opposition that the urban authorities of Kinshasa authorize in a public space during the last two months.

The provincial Minister of Population and Security notes that the provincial government’s lightening of the restrictive measures previously applied to political activities obeys the risk assessment in the protection of persons.

“In relation to the last two demonstrations, both have respected the legal provisions in this way. Article 26 of the Constitution guarantees the event on public roads. But this same article refers the organizers and the politico-administrative authority to a law that gives indications on how these events should be organized. If one believes that an event can degenerate, the politico-administrative authority, for the sole purpose of securing the goods and the people can discourage it “, explained Emmanuel Akweti.

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