WATCH: SADC, AU have disappointed us – DRC opposition

2016-10-22 20:00


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Cape Town – Democratic Republic of Congo's opposition coalition has expressed disappointment in the manner in which the African Union (AU) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have handled the country's situation.   

In an interview with News24, spokesperson for the opposition coalition, Bonga Bogaine said: "We are very very disappointed with the performance of AU and SADC. They have made unhelpful statements given the situation of this country."

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Bogaine accused the AU and SADC of "supporting" what he called President Joseph Kabila's "dictatorship".

Listen to Bogaine as he speaks below. 

Tensions in the mineral rich country have continued to rise after it became apparent that President Joseph Kabila will stay in power after his term expires in December.

DRC's electoral commission recently said that November’s scheduled presidential vote would not be possible until 2018, and a court has also said that Kabila could stay in power until the next election.

Authorities and a "fringe opposition groups" taking part in a "national dialogue" held to reduce tensions in the country, also signed a deal on Monday which would allow Kabila to stay in power until 2018.

Kabila first took office in 2001, and in 2006 a new constitutional provision limited the presidency to a two term limit which expires on December 20.

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