AAP#1: Electoral Politics in the DR Congo with Jason Stearns
In this podcast, Jason Stearns joins us to talk about electoral politics in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We get into President Joseph Kabila’s strategy for political (and physical) survival, China’s role in Congolese politics, and Moise Katumbi, the man some see as Kabila’s heir apparent.
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At present I am in DRC advancing the civic civil social conversation in the promotion and strengthening of social civic civil public norms in governance.
Kabila is an ‘apparat’ much akin to an Emperor wearing no clothes. The style of governance suggested by Kabila as evidenced in the last 14 years is transactional in form. The good peoples of DRC have benefited only in a sense most marginal. The fundamental tragedy existant is that there is even a conversation consideration as to whether the Constitution should be amended.
There is a fundamental real thirst in DRC for a ‘transformative’ shift in governance values which will require an individual not associated with the present Government.
The comments advanced in this conversation do not really add much additional information as the social civic civil situation now in DRC is mutating constantly. The real driver is ‘power’. Kabila is a straw man whose real influence is being orchestrated by the ‘gangsters’ who report to him nominally but are conducting their own transactions and these miscreants are not interested in shifting the leadership as Kabila who is not well educated is at this point wishing to evade ‘accountabiliy’ to the peoples of DRC which will happen following the 2016 Election.
The understatement now in DRC is that these next few months promise to be both interesting and compelling.
This is the same thing that I said in my earlier comments. All that is said here are du deja entendu (what we have heard when we whwere still kids). Unfortunately, these same so-called experts do not say the VERY TRUTH of what are the CAUSES AOF THE DR Kongo recurrent instability. Also, these are the same people supporting the policies of the country by influencing the faked views like: Joseph Kanambe (alias Kabila) is a Congolese not Kongolese while he is a driver that the same western propaganda has fabricated.
Please give us a rest in all these and ask your governments and all financial corporations financing wars of proxies through Rwanda and Uganda to stop their nonsense. The plot to destabilise of our country dates from the time of the Berlin Conference and the plan remains to spliut our country in small nations.
We own that country and NO MATTER THE PLANS , the DR Kongo will remain: ONE, UNITED AND UNDIVIDED NO MATTER THE LACK OF POLITICAL LEADERS FROM DR KONGO WHO ARE NATIONALISTS. ALL ARE PIMPS OF THE WEST FROM OPPOSITION TO THOSE IN THE INSTITUTIONS.
We, the Kongolese Diaspora, are AWARE OF ALL THE SILLY GAMES. So, leave OUR NATION ALONE.
INGETA, INGETA, INGETA TOUJOURS POINTU!!!
It is true that there are many hypothesis in the DRCongo. Until now noone knows what is going to unveil for this country. I had rumours that there is a possibility of abolishing the constitution and replace it with “CHARTE DU REVEIL DE LA RD CONGO.” This national document apparently has an excellent plan to start everything from zero as the currently constitution is not congolese but from abroad. In fact, it is already in Kinshasa, there are discussions under tables how to introduce the “Charte du Reveil de la RD Congo” to the polution. With this Charte there are original ideas about surfacing the country to its position of power in Africa and the world. For more details watch these videos: Grand debat Kibego
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