Botswana has urged the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Joseph Kabila, to step down.
In a press release titled ‘Refusal by some leaders to hand over power’, the ministry of international affairs said the ‘worsening humanitarian situation’ in DRC is fuelled by the fact that ‘its leader has persistently delayed holding elections, and has lost control over the security of his country’.
The statement concludes by urging the international community to put pressure on the leadership of DRC to relinquish power and pave way for the ushering in of a new political dispensation.
PRESS RELEASE – REFUSAL BY SOME LEADERS TO HAND OVER POWER
Gaborone, 26 February 2018: The Government of the Republic of Botswana wishes to express her concern regarding the disturbing trend, whereby some political leaders refuse to relinquish power when their term of Office expires. These leaders have now resorted to measures such es delaying holding of erections, or amending their national Constitutions to effectively extend their term of Office.
It is clear that such leaders are driven by self-interest, instead of those of the people they govern. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a case in point. We continue to witness a worsening humanitarian situation in that country mainly because its leader has persistently delayed the holding of electrons, and has lost control over the security of his country.
Botswana therefore, urges the international community to put more pressure on the leadership in the Democratic Republic of Congo to relinquish power and pave way for the ushering-in of a new political dispensation.
Delayed polls in DRC
Government troops have clashed with opposition supporters following the refusal of President Kabila to leave office.
He took power in 2001 after his father’s assassination and had been expected to step down in 2016 after the two terms provided for in the constitution.
He has however stayed on citing logistical challenges that have prevented the organisation of elections that would usher in a new president.
A new date of December 23, 2018 has been set to hold the delayed poll but opposition supporters want Kabila to declare that he will not seek to change the country’s constitution to enable him seek another term in office.