DRC leader's camp vows to quash rebellion

2011-12-01 11:19

Kinshasa - A top ally of Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila accused the party of his main rival of post-election "insurrection" on Wednesday, and vowed any infractions would be firmly dealt with.

Two days after elections marred by deadly violence and reports of fraud, Presidential Majority secretary general Aubin Minaku accused opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi's UDPS party of "insurrectionist schemes".

"We're in the last phase of the insurrectionist schemes of the UDPS," Minaku told AFP.

"The state will exercise its prerogatives in a firm manner" if there is any unrest, he added.

"Whoever commits an infraction, even if it's Etienne Tshisekedi, will have to face the force of the law, that's what we will see in the coming days."

Monday's polls were marred by allegations of fraud, chaos at many voting centres and apparent separatist attacks that killed at least 10 people. Four opposition presidential candidates have called for the elections to be annulled, alleging pro-Kabila fraud - though Tshisekedi has not joined the call.

Minaku levelled his own accusations against the UDPS on Wednesday.

"We have proof that [electoral officials] have been assaulted" by UDPS supporters during the elections, he claimed.

Preliminary results from the presidential race are not expected until December 06, leaving the Democratic Republic of Congo with a tense week of waiting as results trickle in from around the vast country two-thirds the size of Western Europe.

  • aimentumba - 2011-12-01 20:35

    The Presidential Majority secretary general Aubin Minaku already knows who will be the winner in these elections. So he also knows Tshisekedi will loose and will call for post-election insurrection. He must be a magician! Or maybe the alleged fraud is real.

  • Alex - 2011-12-02 09:27

    Without Tshisekedi, there will never be a law in DR Congo. They cheated and Us "Opposition" should remain quiet without speak. The world will define what Obama spook that it is time for africa to stand by their one. Kabila will be removed without blood or with a lot of it. Debout Congolais. this time or never. we have choice our president and no one will stand in our way. Tshisekedi is our choice. news24 bit it.

  • Alex - 2011-12-02 09:32

    why standing in our way, all the world are behind that fraud man Kabila and you know that the people had made their choice, why the world can just accept that their guy kabila is over. this is a time of people first. we have been cast out from a long time, thanks to Ya Tshi-Tshi to bring us front and give us back the courage and remove the fear in our eyes. Vive le Congo, Vive Tshisekedi

      Mazsel - 2011-12-02 14:27

      Alex, 50 years ago he did nothings is not 5 years he going to do some things !Your ya tshi-tshi he useless as kabila. FRom kalombo

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