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DRC to spend $6m on anniv. of Kabila-Tshisekedi power transfer

Democratic Republic Of Congo

<p>The Democratic Republic of Congo has earmarked a budget of $6 million to commemorate the first anniversary of President Felix Tshisekedi’s accession to power.</p> <p>According to the government, it is imperative for the country to celebrate a democratic and peaceful alternation of power. The decision has, however, sparked mixed reactions and opposition backlash.</p> <p>“This is a comedy and madness,” said former prime minister and leader of the Lamuka opposition party, Adolphe Muzito.</p> <p>The spokesperson for Moïse Katumbi, Olivier Kamitatu also denounced the move, calling it ‘‘mismanagement of public resources in the face of unending challenges of the country.”</p> <p>In spite of the criticisms, the event is scheduled for the 24 January in the capital Kinshasa. It coincides with the day former president Joseph Kabila handed over to Tshisekedi.</p> <p>In a related development, Congolese parliamentarians last Sunday voted an $11.5 billion budget for the year 2020, in a country where most live on less that $ 2 a day.</p>
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