As the National Assembly continues its debates on electoral reforms, politicians will mobilize ahead of the presidential election in the Democratic Republic of Congo at the end of 2023. If former Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo became the first candidate on Monday 2 May, this should force others to get started: President Felix Tshisekedi Fayulu will be in the race, while Moïse Katumbi can also be in the race.
as reported from Kinshasa, Patient Ligodi
Side party in power, no tension. Felix Tshisekedi will seek a new mandate: he said it several times during meetings, but also in the media at home or abroad.
He feels that he has been handicapped by his alliance with his predecessor Joseph Kabila, and that he needs time to fulfill his promises.
The other candidacy that leaves no shadow of a doubt is that of Martin Fayulu. The leader of ECIDE, who is still claiming victory in the previous presidential election in 2018, does not get angry and hopes, his relatives say, “that he will no longer be robbed of the election”.
On the side of the possible candidates, difficult to decide what is coming Vital Kamerhewhose problems with the law continue.
Jean-Pierre Bemba’s designs are also unclear at this stage. His candidacy was rejected by the Constitutional Court in 2018 due to his conviction for witness manipulation handed down by the International Criminal Court. Until then, the leader of the MLC has been discreet in the matter.
Moïse Katumbi remains an ally of Félix Tshisekedi, but his relatives announce his candidacy. His party has been officially formed and is establishing itself in the country.
The candidacy of Augustin Matata Ponyo, the former Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo, should “force others to clarify their position,” said Trésor Kibangula, an analyst at Ebuteli, the Congolese Institute for Research on Politics, Governance and Violence, and a research partner of the GEC in DRC.
DRC: “Augustin Matata Ponyo’s candidacy will force others to clarify their position”, according to Trésor Kibangula, analyst at Ebuteli