Tshisekedi set for 'swearing-in'

2011-12-22 09:22

Kinshasa - DR Congo opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi issued thousands of leaflets on Wednesday calling on people to attend his own "swearing-in" ceremony taking place three days after re-elected head of state Joseph Kabila took office.

Tshisekedi, 79, has declared himself "president-elect" and repeatedly rejected results of the November 28 polls which have plunged the giant central African country into deep crisis.

"Men and women of Congo, come in great numbers to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the DR Congo's president-elect," said thousands of leaflets distributed in French and local language Lingala around Kinshasa on Wednesday.

Tshisekedi is challenging the outcome of the vote which the country's Supreme Court and the election commission said Kabila had won by 49% against Tshisekedi's 32%.

Since Sunday, the presidential guard has positioned tanks outside the stadium and throughout the capital. Police have regularly moved to break up gatherings of opposition groups.

London-based rights group Amnesty International on Wednesday denounced what it said was a wave of political arrests, notably of opposition activists, since the elections.

The opposition leader plans to hold his "inauguration" ceremony at Kinshasa's Martyrs Stadium on Friday at 09:00 GMT, a move that could trigger more violent clashes in the vast nation.

Kabila's victory was upheld even after international observers slammed electoral conditions, citing problems in the vote count and the loss of huge numbers of ballots.

Jacquemin Shabani, an official with Tshisekedi's Union for Democracy and Social Progress, confirmed printing some 500 000 leaflets that were distributed around Kinshasa.

"If Kabila wants to send tanks in against the people, that's his responsibility," Shabani said.

Political figures will be invited to the ceremony but "we are not going to invite heads of state, though we will invite their diplomatic representatives here", Shabani said.

Martyrs Stadium has space for 80 000 people.

  • limphow - 2011-12-22 09:39

    We are tired of bloodshed Ma-Afrika!An African killing another African Yhini!This another ploy to spill blood

  • robert.nyathi - 2011-12-22 10:28

    will peace ever prevail in the motherland, it was somalia, sudan, zimbabwe, kenya, ivory coast and now DRC, lives being lost, is Africa really a dark continent, should she continue to live by this name?

  • Hunter - 2011-12-22 11:48

    "...and the loss of huge numbers of ballots." I thought the SA troops were successful in their mission; why were ballot papers lost?

  • mdy.chauke - 2011-12-22 12:32

    Mr Kabila & Mr Tshisekedi need to engage each other on talks that will be primarily focusing on DRC citizens not on their poltical egoes if they don't reach any consesus the African union must move swiftly an intervene. we no longer want to see the continuation of Africa being occupy by Western countries because of democracy,African leaders must act now.

      Nicardo - 2011-12-22 15:53

      Now you are talking a dead cow when talking about AU. They are just useless. Anyway, if France wants you to be the President, you surely be one, and this is the case with Kabila.

  • Paris - 2011-12-22 15:54

    Tsisekedi is the president.people will attend in numbers.If kabila uses force to kill that will be the end of his life on earth.the people will stone him to death.Down the enemies of DRC.

  • Willy Widikin A Kapan - 2011-12-22 15:54

    It is an other joke of his that won't is too late for that ,he stands even chance to be arrested...if he were clever he would have done it before J.Kabila .other than that it is just an other the outcome will be his doom...

  • James - 2011-12-23 12:13

    Dear Brotherly of DRC it is time to come down together for bettermet of your future countly.

  • Leonard - 2012-01-28 10:23

    the DRC elected president is Mr etienne Tshisekedi,from monday 30 january 2012,president Tshisekedi has called for a general strike countrywide in order to claimed the victory of the people of congo. we will make sure that our president is going to rull the country becauise he won the election.we are asking all the country that are supporting joseph kabila to explaineto back of but, promote the choice of the congolese people

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