Submit this form
Home News Videos Music Photos Facebook Twitter Friends Newsletter Podcasts Mobile RSS
Tshisekedi's New Tactics Bring Back Old Memories

Congo News Agency | Published on November 12, 2011
Etienne Tshisekedi
Etienne Tshisekedi at a rally in Kinshasa on August 9, 2011 | Enlarge
Still embroiled in a controversy over inflammatory statements he made during an interview on Sunday, Etienne Tshisekedi made new threats of violence during a speech in Kisangani on Friday, telling his supporters to rise up and attack the police if they feel they are being mistreated.

The calls to violence, made three weeks before presidential and parliamentary elections set to take place on Nov. 28, have surprised many Congolese who have admired Mr. Tshisekedi for his non-violent fight for democracy for nearly three decades.

They have also brought back memories of sometimes unpredictable behavior by the veteran opposition leader, who boycotted the first democratic elections held in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2006, claiming they would be rigged.

Many Congolese still remember one particular episode in 1991, when Mr. Tshisekedi crossed over the mention “Mobutu Sese Seko, President of the Republic” while signing the papers naming him as Prime Minister at an oath ceremony attended by his old-time nemesis. After refusing to resign the papers, he was dismissed a few days later and criticized by other opponents to then President Mobutu’s regime for what they saw as a missed opportunity to govern over a minor detail.

Because of his occasionally eccentric behavior, some have questioned whether Mr. Tshisekedi is capable of leading the country or more comfortable as a “perennial opponent”, who always seems to shoot himself in the foot just as he gets closer to power.

Government spokesman Lambert Mende tried to remind voters of these episodes of “erratic” actions and statements on Monday by questioning Mr. Tshisekedi's sanity.

Although some hardcore members of the UDPS may heed these calls to violence, most opposition supporters are more likely to question, once again, Mr. Tshisekedi’s motives and tactics.

So far, the incendiary statements he made on Sunday seem to have fallen on deaf ears. Mr. Tshisekedi’s ultimatum to the government to release members of the UDPS by Tuesday or risk attacks on jails has come and passed without supporters following his dangerous advice.

Many voters are questioning the new tactics, especially after opposition parties failed to unite against President Joseph Kabila ahead of the elections, and with some pointing to Mr. Tshisekedi’s “stubbornness” and failure to compromise with other leading opposition parties as the main reasons.

Related articles

  1. Felix Tshisekedi Sworn In as DR Congo President (January 24, 2019)
  2. Constitutional Court Declares Tshisekedi Winner of Presidential Election (January 19, 2019)
  3. Martin Fayulu Challenges Presidential Election Results in Court (January 12, 2019)
  4. Felix Tshisekedi Vows to Be the President of All Congolese (January 10, 2019)
  5. Martin Fayulu Rejects Presidential Election Results (January 10, 2019)
  6. Felix Tshisekedi Elected DR Congo President (January 10, 2019)
  7. DR Congo Delays Results of December Election (January 06, 2019)
  8. Bemba, Katumbi renew their support for joint opposition presidential candidate Fayulu (November 16, 2018)
  9. Vital Kamerhe also withdraws support for joint opposition presidential bid (November 12, 2018)
  10. Felix Tshisekedi withdraws support for joint opposition presidential bid (November 12, 2018)
  11. Jean-Pierre Bemba banned from running for president (August 25, 2018)
  12. Vital Kamerhe named UNC presidential candidate (August 04, 2018)
  13. Bemba says Katumbi should be allowed to run for president (August 04, 2018)
  14. Moise Katumbi blocked from entering DR Congo (August 03, 2018)
  15. Jean-Pierre Bemba Returns to DR Congo (August 01, 2018)
  16. Jean-Pierre Bemba named MLC presidential candidate (July 13, 2018)
  17. At least 30 dead after massacres in Ituri (March 02, 2018)
  18. Botswana Urges Joseph Kabila to Step Down (February 26, 2018)
  19. No elections in DR Congo in December without electronic voting machines: INEC (February 13, 2018)
  20. US Warns DR Congo Against Electronic Voting for Delayed Election (February 12, 2018)
  21. Presidential election scheduled for December 23, 2018 (November 05, 2017)
  22. Felix Tshisekedi accuses INEC of illegally prolonging Kabila's mandate (October 24, 2017)
  23. DRC Seeks Arrest of Presidential Candidate Moise Katumbi (May 19, 2016)
  24. Papa Wemba Is Buried in Kinshasa (May 04, 2016)
  25. Papa Wemba Awarded Highest National Honor as Thousands Pay Tribute (May 02, 2016)
  26. DR Congo reach final of African Nations Championship (February 03, 2016)
  27. Political tensions 'running high' in DR Congo ahead of 2016 elections (October 07, 2015)
  28. UN Report Blames Ugandan Islamists for 237 Killings in DR Congo (May 14, 2015)
  29. Rights Groups: DR Congo Must Free Pro-democracy Activists (April 13, 2015)
  30. Electoral commission sets DR Congo presidential election date (February 12, 2015)

Live TV Congo Radio en ligne Radio
Available on App Store
Get it on Google Play

Contact Us | About Us | Édition en Français | French Edition

© 2023 All rights reserved.