New Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Bruno Tshibala, has disclosed that he plans to organize the country’s next polls with internal resources.
Tshibala who was recently named PM by President Joseph Kabila was speaking to the AFP news agency on Tuesday on a wide range of issues surrounding the political situation in the DRC.
According to a December 31, 2016, political deal brokered by the Catholic Church, presidential polls had to be held this year to elect Kabila’s successor and the PM post had to be handed to the opposition.
We will do everything possible to mobilize internal resources to finance the elections.
“We will do everything possible to mobilize internal resources to finance the elections,” Tshibala said in Kinshasa. PM Tshibala did not state whether elections were going to be held this year or not.
In February this year, the DRC’s Minister of State in charge of Budget, Pierre Kangudia Mbayi, said the country could not raise the $1.8bn needed to organize the polls.
“It will be difficult to think that we can mobilize 1.8 billion USD this year. At this stage, I prefer to keep a language of sincerity,” he said at a press conference.
The $1.8bn amount was arrived at by the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI).
International donors and other partners have yet to make financial commitments to the electoral roadmap.
The United Kingdom’s Minister for Africa, Tobias Ellwood, while on a visit to the DRC said the UK’s support will be based on respect for the December 31 agreement.
The deal is believed to be under threat following the withdrawal from the process by the main opposition party.
Tshibala who was wrongly appointed by President Kabila by hijacking the place of the main Opposition, Rassemblement led by Felix Tshisekedi, recognized by the 31st December 2016 Deal, which does not only
give Tshisekedi an Opportunity to be the soul Premier Minister but also gives Mr Kabila the Legality and legitimacy to be the DRC President since his second term in office expired on the 19th of December 2016.
The appointments of Badinage and now Tshibala are seen as Strategies by Kabila to buy time and organise a referendum to change the Country’s Constitution and allow him to stand for a 3rd term in Office. Meanwhile the
United Nations and the African Union are preparing for negotiations based on the 31st December 2016 deal to enforce its application, and spare the Country from More bloodshed.
By Sylvestre Mukeba