|Joseph Kabila Has Been Sworn In for the DRC, even though election was rigged by igbo2011(m): 8:21pm On Dec 21, 2011 |
On Tuesday, incumbent President Joseph Kabila took the oath of office after the official results from Nov. 28 elections were confirmed by the Supreme Court. The court confirmation closed the door on any investigation of an election process that international observers called “seriously flawed” and full of irregularities.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a statement expressing the Obama administration’s “disappointment” with Mr. Kabila’s decision to take the oath of office without conducting a review of the electoral process. The European Union also expressed disappointment and said the EU would “reevaluate” its support for Congo in the coming year.
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The South African government and Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, meanwhile, congratulated Kabila. Mr. Mugabe, the only foreign head of state to attend Kabila’s oath of office ceremony, said that Kabila had “won thunderously against [opposition leader Etienne] Tshisekedi. This must send a clear message to those who had other ideas.”
Now all eyes have turned to Mr. Tshisekedi, the opposition leader. Mr. Kabila has deployed Army tanks on the streets of the capital, Kinshasa, to prevent protests, and Tshisekedi’s spokesman has said the opposition leader still intends on taking his own separate oath of office on Friday.
"I consider myself from this day on the president elected by the Congolese people,” Mr. Tshisekedi reportedly told his supporters on Sunday.
“I ask you to be calm and serene because a winner doesn't get agitated, does not worry, to the contrary, he remains calm,” [he was quoted by Congo News Agency as saying]. “As for those who are causing our troubles, starting with Mr. Kabila, I ask all of you to look for him, wherever he is in the country, and bring him to me alive. Whoever brings me Kabila here, handcuffed, will receive a very big prize. Also, Mr. Kabila’s government is dismissed from this day on. All officers, lieutenants, corporals and soldiers of the Congolese armed forces, I order you to obey to the legitimate authority. The same goes for the national and sovereign police force.”
In his investiture ceremony, Kabila promised to create more jobs, reduce Congo’s dependence on the mining industry for revenues, revise the rules for foreign investors in mining, boost agricultural production, and to respect human rights.
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Reporters in Kinshasa say the streets were empty and quiet after Kabila declared a national holiday. But Tshisekedi, who is popular in Kinshasa and other urban centers across the Democratic Republic of Congo, has called for national strikes to protest what he calls a fraudulent election.
Official results from the Nov. 28 election show that Kabila won with 49 percent of the vote, compared with Tshisekedi’s 32 percent, but massive voting irregularities, including high turnout in certain pro-Kabila precincts and violent intimidation by both sides against rival activists were cause enough for outside observers like the Carter Center to declare that the elections “lacked credibility.” Tshisekedi refused to appeal the final vote tally to the Supreme Court, saying that most of the court justices were hand-picked Kabila supporters.
It is this level of doubt among significant numbers of Congolese that led the US government to call for a review process.
“We believe that the management and technical execution of these elections were seriously flawed, lacked transparency and did not measure up to the democratic gains we have seen in recent African elections," a State Department statement said.
"We strongly urge all Congolese political leaders and their supporters to act responsibly, renounce violence, and resolve any disagreements through peaceful, constructive dialogue."
The next move in this game of brinksmanship now belongs to Tshisekedi. Will he urge his followers to take the street? If he does, will Kabila urge the Congolese Army, police, and his own presidential guard to use deadly force against protesters?
What do you think about this?
He is a PUPPET for the west and will let the west steel the country's resources resources!!
|Re: Joseph Kabila Has Been Sworn In for the DRC, even though election was rigged by Horus(m): 9:37pm On Dec 21, 2011 |
|Re: Joseph Kabila Has Been Sworn In for the DRC, even though election was rigged by cap28: 2:44am On Dec 22, 2011 |
igbo 2011 Joseph Kabila is under the control of Israeli mining interests, have you heard of a guy called Dan Gertler?
Dan Gertler was born in December 1973. He is a grandson of Moshe Schnitzer, first President of the Israeli Diamond Exchange, who won the Israel Prize in 2004. His family was traditionally involved in cutting and merchandising diamonds. While growing up, Gertler spent as much time as he could learning about the diamond trade from his father and grandfather. As soon as he had completed his 3-year mandatory service in the Israeli Defense Forces he opened his own diamond business.
Gertler founded the Dan Gertler International (DGI) group of companies in 1996. The Yedioth Aharonoth weekend supplement on 19 September 1999 asserted that in 1997 Gertler had been involved in financing a program to buy diamonds in Liberia and Sierra Leone in exchange for military training and arms deliveries. The plan fell apart due to the chaotic political changes and military events in Sierra Leone at that time. The Israeli arms dealer Yair Klein, who had been convicted for earlier involvement in Colombia, was charged with arming and training rebels, and was thrown in jail. Gertler was also involved in trading in Russia and Guinea.
 Congo diamond trade
After gaining experience with purchasing and marketing artisanally mined diamonds from the DRC, Gertler started negotiations to establish a partnership with the Societé Minière de Bakwanga (MIBA), a state-controlled diamond mine operator. A report in "Rough & Polished" said Gertler paid $20 million to the dominant Kabila clan in the DRC for a monopoly on exporting Congo diamonds, and that the deal included a reciprocal agreement to arrange arms shipments from Israel to the DRC. However, the Israeli journalist Ron Ben-Yishai of Yediot Aharonot newspaper said that any involvement in an arms deal was highly unlikely after the fiasco in Sierra Leone, and that his family would not have allowed it. It is clear that the DRC President, Laurent-Désiré Kabila, needed the money to fund his government's struggle against rebels in the Second Congo War, which lasted from 1998 to 2003, with millions of people dying. Any assistance that Gertler could provide in arranging for arms and training by Israel would have been welcome. The press picked up on the story, saying Gertler's deal included an arrangement for the Israelis to train Congolese security forces in brutal techniques, as they had under Mobutu Sese Seko, that IDI was buying diamonds from UNITA and that by paying below the market price IDI was encouraging smuggling into the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville).
After Laurent-Désiré Kabila died in January 2001, Gertler briefly lost influence in the Congo, but soon managed to reestablish a relationship with his son and successor Joseph Kabila. In April 2002 Emaxon Finance, a Canadian company owned by DGI group, gained a four-year right to market 88% of MIBA's rough-diamond production, about a quarter of the DRC's legitimate diamond exports at around 600,000 carats a month. Gertler became increasingly close to President Joseph Kabila, and was invited to Kabila's wedding in 2006. By 2009 DGI group was one of the largest wholesale distributors of rough and polished diamonds in the world. The group spans mining, manufacturing and sales.
|Re: Joseph Kabila Has Been Sworn In for the DRC, even though election was rigged by igbo2011(m): 4:23am On Dec 22, 2011 |
Yes Keith Harmon Snow talked about him. Men like him are powerful and corrupt. They also corrupt politicians in Africa. They are Africa's worse enemy.