-The only solution to this crisis is a transitional government independent of Kabila and all of his cronies
By Christian Malanga*
Elections illegitimately occurred in the DRC for the sole purpose of Kabila appeasing the international community and avoiding scrutiny. The legal process to contest the elections is through the Supreme Court, and the Supreme Court is run by the FCC; Kabila’s majority parties alliance. If Martin Fayulu wants to contest election results it is unlikely that this will lead to anything. Additionally, the court’s decision can take up to three years.
Meanwhile, Kabila remains in power. Kabila also ensured the delay of transfer of power by excluding many regions in the DRC to vote; claiming they could place their votes in March.
Moise Katumbi has always been against legitimate elections. His hope was for the opportunity to negotiate with Kabila when elections did not occur. This backfired for Moise when Kabila held fake elections. In a recent interview with Aljazeera, Fayulu is questioned about his relations with Katumbi. His agreement with Katumbi in Geneva was exposed, which destroys his credibility. Ironically, his faked credibility was invented by Katumbi’s PR machine.
Felix Tshisekedi negotiated a deal with Kabila that he would be appointed as Prime Minister to Emmanuel Shadary. In the coming days, Felix will tell the citizens of Congo to calm down and allow the [drawn out] process to finish.
During the elections, Katumbi supplied the Congolese Catholic priests 40,000 with phones to report on the elections and to communicate that Fayulu won. Katumbi’s propaganda machine has caused confusion for the people and has started a new tribal war.
The election process is rigged. In order to become a candidate the requirements included going into Kabila’s office, CENI, in Kinshasa and paying a fee of $100,000. The country has enormous wealth, yet the people are poor and unemployed. Politicians make money off of Kabila’s corruption. It is not possible to make money outside of Kabila’s sphere of influence as a politician. Kabila targets the lives and safety of any politicians he identifies as a threat.
Kabila’s created political platform: the FCC, chose Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, the chosen Presidential replacement of the People’s Party for Reconstruction and Democracy (PPRD). The FCC is Kabila’s platform for the majority parties: meaning all political parties in the FCC officially support Kabila and his government.
The current so-called opposition candidates in Kinshasa includes Martin Fayulu, Vital Kamerhe, Felix Tshisekedi: all men who have accepted Kabila’s terms of operating and are prepared to represent Kabila’s interests and continue the political crisis.
Martin Fayulu: Is Moise Katumbi’s candidate. His fame was created following a deal he made with Katumbi a month prior to election. His credibility is created through fake fame (Katumbi’s PR campaign). He has no plan to rebuild the country only to take orders from Katumbi.
Vital Kamerhe has historically been one of Kabila’s closest allies. In 2010, in order to manipulate the will of the people, Kamerhe created a political opposition party: the UNC. Kamerhe came up with the distraction to create the strongest oppositional party against Kabila, when in reality it was a party that in private worked entirely for Kabila. Kamerhe is on the ballot for the upcoming election but his name represents Kabila’s political will. Prior to the election he, along with the entire so-called opposition, will announce to the world that elections are not possible; allowing Kabila to continue to reign.
Felix Tshisekedi is relatively new to Congolese politics, following in his father’s footsteps. When his father died, Felix had been living outside of DRC, completely uninvested in the country’s politics. When Moise Katumbi proposed to Tshisekedi that he would finance him to support Katumbi’s Presidency, he took him up on his lavish financial offer. However, When Felix arrived in Kinshasa, he realized his only future in politics was to take money from Kabila. Kabila payed Felix a bribe and the relationship was founded on the understanding that he would follow Kabila’s orders. He lost his relations with Katumbi as following Tshisedki’s agreement with Kabila Katumbi chose Fayulu as his candidate.
Jean Pierre Bemba is the former Vice President and business partner to Joseph Kabila. Bemba was an outspoken critic of Kabila’s mining interests, and when Bemba created animosity, Kabila insisted he must resign. Bemba, desperate to keep his financial interests protected, was in a shoot-out against Kabila’s army that killed hundreds wounded thousands of civilians in 2007. Subsequently, Bemba was tried and convicted for crimes against humanity by the ICC. When he was released, Moise Katumbi financed him to be his muscle in the country. This strategy failed because Bemba had lost his on-ground para-military from his years in prison. Bemba, in debt, decided his best political position would be to accept a bribe from Kabila. However, Bemba’s application was denied despite paying the $100,000 dollar fee because Kabila did not trust Bemba after multiple betrayals and because Bemba decided to accept Katumbi’s financial offer for his on-ground network.
Moise Katumbi: Kabila and Katumbi were very close friends and business partners. They had registered off-shore businesses together. The relationship fractured when Katumbi stole money from Kabila. Kabila was especially enraged after investing so much trust and power in a simple fish distributor; transforming him into the powerful governor of Katanga. He allowed Katumbi to steal alongside him from the DRC. When Katumbi crossed Kabila, he immediately lost all further opportunity to profit, and raced to secure his interests. With the help from Freeport Mining he was introduced to Akin Gump law firm and General Jones, out of Washington, DC. Hiring them he hoped they could ensure his political will and thus secure his financial interests. Now without any support or resources, Katumbi hopes to gain power by paying off all members of the so-called opposition.
President Malanga thanks President Donald Trump for deploying U.S. Special Forces to assist the Congolese people in securing peace, stability and democracy. President Trump’s actions show he supports human rights for the Congolese people. As a former officer President Malanga is most thankful for The U.S. Special Forces stationed and combat ready in Gabon in assisting the Congolese people and the New Zaire. These American soldiers are working tirelessly to ensure the Congolese people have an opportunity for a better future. President Malanga thanks U.S House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Congressman Ed Royce and the select Committee on intelligence for advocating on behalf of the Congolese people and supporting the will of the people to create a transitional government.
The only solution to this crisis is a transitional government independent of Kabila and all of his cronies. The will of the people is not represented by the political elite. The Congolese people want Christian Malanga as their President. President Malanga is the only viable option, and the only true candidate who holds the will of the people. He has support from the military, the universities, the diplomats, and the people. Although the voice of the people has been grossly fragmented by Kabila’s political strategies, with a new government the chaos can end and a new government can reestablish the sovereignty of the people.
*Christian Malanga is President of the United Congolese Party (UCP).The views expressed are his.