DRC protesters march against Kabila

2011-12-23 12:10
Cape Town - Protesters from the Democratic Republic of Congo were gathering in the parking lot of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town on Friday morning, ahead of a march against the re-election of DRC President Joseph Kabila.

Spokesperson for the protesters, Oliver Kalala, said the election was fraudulent and that Kabila had no right to lead the DRC.

"The electoral outcome was flawed," Kalala said.

"The outgoing president committed fraud with the help of other African heads of state, including President (Jacob) Zuma."

Congo opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi is due to hold his own "swearing-in" ceremony at 11:00 on Friday.

It takes place three days after the re-elected Kabila took office.

Tshisekedi, 79, has declared himself "president-elect".

The country's Supreme Court and the election commission said Kabila had won the vote by 49% against Tshisekedi's 32%.

French agency AFP reported that since Sunday, the presidential guard had positioned tanks outside the stadium and throughout the capital.

Police have regularly moved to break up gatherings of opposition groups.

Kalala said Kabila was isolated.

"During his swearing-in ceremony only Mugabe (Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe) was there," he said.

"That shows the world does not support Kabila. At 11:00 we will be celebrating the victory of our true leader."

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