US News DRC: President Tshisekedi tries, in vain, to calm things down in the Karega affair

10:00  03 october  2020
10:00  03 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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"There is no point in creating an unfortunate incident", declared the president. Félix Tshisekedi affirmed that steps at the diplomatic level have been undertaken for Kigali to reframe Vincent Karega. The president's words were faithfully reported by the press, one of his close associates told RFI.

For the pro-Kabila senator, Francine Muyumba, who has been raging for several months against the "lack of restraint" of diplomats accredited to Kinshasa, "one cannot sacrifice the honor of a nation to satisfy the interests of the allies". Also, president of the Commission for External Relations of the Congolese Senate, Francine Muyumba considered that Vincent Karega had committed a "serious fault" which "should be clearly denounced by the Congolese authorities".

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The citizen movement Lucha believes that President Tshisekedi is not courageous to take such a decision. He accuses the head of state of violating the dignity of the Congolese people.

When the Filimbi movement, of which Floribert Anzuluni is the coordinator, he considers unacceptable the position of the president and promises to continue his mobilizations. “The position of the President of the Republic is difficult to understand and not acceptable, especially since it goes against the will of the great majority of citizens, explains Floribert Anzuluni. What would Rwanda have done if a foreign diplomat made similar comments to Rwanda about the Rwandan genocide? We will continue the mobilization campaign until the diplomat leaves the DRC, it is really a question of dignity! "

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It is not only civil society that is demanding the expulsion of Vincent Karega. Members of the opposition are among the number. Both sides have turned upside down, not only by the lack of official commemorations, but also by the lack of justice for the 617 crimes listed in the UN's Mapping Report .

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