A few days after the medical evacuation of Moise Katumbi to South Africa, the opposition is trying to regroup in Lubumbashi in the southeastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The G7, a coalition of seven parties have been holding discussions in the absence of Katumbi.
Shambuyi Tshivuadi Mukwa Lukusa, Federal President of the Congress of Democrats for Social Progress said: “This departure is not good. It looks like an open door to a forced exile. Apparently, this is a trap that people intended for Moise but the people are more than Kabila. It is the people who gave power to Kabila. Despite the tanks and everything we see here, the people are there and the last word will always come back from people.”
Meanwhile, the mayor of Lubumbashi has asked the parties to avoid plunging the second largest city in the country into chaos. He maintains: “Anything happening in Lubumbashi, must be within the law, respecting the texts, and respect for authority. Whether you are in the majority or the opposition, respect for law and respect the legally established authorities. It is because we have to secure everyone.”
Pressure is on the Congolese opposition as four media houses close to the opposition have been closed down and the headquarters of the Union of Congolese Federalists sealed by the court. A situation denounced by the UN and many Western countries.