SADC Heads of State and Government should help Katumbi get into DRC-Sinkamba

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Moise Katumbi being welcomed by his supporters at Kasumbalesa border post
Moise Katumbi being welcomed by his supporters at Kasumbalesa border post

Green Party President Peter Sinkamba says it is quite distressing that SADC Heads of State and Government move at lightning speed to cheer outcome of elections when their colleagues are re-elected but turn a blind eye to election processes when it matters most.

Commenting on the plight of Moses Katumbi who has been denied entry into DRC by President Kabila, Mr. Sinkamba said SADC leaders should not be a bunch of cheerleaders but rather, they must provide pollical leadership in the region when it matters most.

“The case in point is the on-going election process in DRC where President Kabila has thrown constitutionality to the wind. He is unconstitutionally illegally holding office and SADC leaders are merely watching. He has barred entry into the country Moses Katumbi, one of the leading contenders in the upcoming election, and SADC leaders are watching. A serious breakdown of human rights, constitutional law and order, is happening, and SADC leaders are aloof. This is quite distressing,” he said.

“If it were re-election of their own, they would have been the loudest congratulating him. Yet, the SADC Protocol on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation imposes a duty on them to promote democratic institutions and practices within the Region and encourage observance of human rights in accordance with the AU and UN Charters,” Mr. Sinkamba added.

“The SADC Protocol also imposes a duty on these leaders to protect the people and safeguard the development of the Region against instability arising from breakdown of law and order, intra-State conflict, inter-State conflict and aggression. Where need be, the Protocol empowers them to consider enforcement action if peaceful means fail, but regrettably, it appears they are collectively a bunch of failures,” he said.

He has implored the SADC Heads to demonstrate leadership by intervening on Katumbi’s plight so as to enable him to file his nomination papers before the deadline lapses on Wednesday. He said such a move could prevent more blood to be shed in DRC.

“Already there is so much bloodshed in Congo. To allow the situation to deteriorate further than this is serious irresponsibility and failure on the part of SADC leadership,” he said.

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    • The SADC countries should quickly mobilize and intervene in the political crisis in the DRC. They need to force Kabila to allow the opposition leader to enter the country, and also guarantee his safety. Then they’ll need to force Kabila to hold a free and fair election, and make sure they help monitor it. If Kabila refuses to allow Katumbi to enter the country, the SADC nations will have to prepare to invade the DRC and drive this murderous dictator out, like the ECOWAS did with crazy Jammeh Yahya of the Gambia. Help the DRC to truly democratize by kicking out this brutal dictator who doesn’t care about his own people. He has spilled enough innocent blood of his own people. Get this bloodthirsty dictator out of the DRC, if the country is to achieve any peace.

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  1. When Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa took over from Mugabe the UPND were in the forefront celebrating and later on when Nelson Chamisa lost to the “crocodile” UPND cried foul accusing the crocodile of rigging.I don’t their real identity or they are vultures ridding on “dead corpses”.I don’t know whom they are supporting in DRC if its Kabila, Bemba or Katumbi?

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    • The AU Charter forbids other states from interfering with internal affairs of member countries except where military take over is involved. Yes I remember how the Upnd manufactured that audio of Mnangagwa threatening action against Lungu for having appealed for a peaceful transfer of power.

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    • UPND is like a headless chicken with no mental faculties! They have no direction and have no campus. Their head is also Childish and has no formidable formula to win an election except being tribal and applying Mapatizya formula! They opposed the Bill of Rights and now that it was upheld and they found they had been wrong, they changed Hagain wanting to repeal that! Reason? Brains infested with dung that is why they keep on changing goal posts.!

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  2. We told you , SADC is a cable of corrupt wanna be tin pot dictators.
    They watched on as Mugabe terrorized his people , million fleeing some being burnt alive ati “don’t interfere in internal affairs ”
    SADC watched on as kabila refuses to step down….

    We told you these corrupt gang of theives have an unwritten code…

    “…dont condem me if I refuse to cede power, you might want to do the same some day….”

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    • You have a long wait my friend. Be honest here. You celebrated when Mnangagwa overthrew Mugabe and said this would also happen here. Now Mnangagwa is no pea brain who cannot just easily give up what he suffered for. In any case I neither care or worry about the DRC anymore. I’ve been around since the first shot in that country’s sad history. ..seen how people there have come to accept what’s not normal as normal.

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    • That is why your children and there children will forever suffer in a begging country Zambia….accepting what other normal people do not accept as normal…

      As for munangagwa , weather he won or not is up to the courts to prove as zim desperately needs western aid and wants western financial sanctions lifted…

      As for the corrupt theives leading SADC , most of them will end up in courts after they leave power…as for me , I am just glad i have a say to where may tax money I pay ends up in foringe aid by way of online campains to our parliment and ministers….

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    • 5.1 Ndanje
      Don’t they sound clueless? Empty tin style. Encourage them to watch soccer, only then will they appreciate the Win/Lose art of life.
      Never knowing whether they are going or coming though.

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    • Corruption day in day out robbing citizens of a decent living ati

      ” art of win lose “

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  3. And you must be real dead, a sheer bloodless emotion not to care or worry bakalamba BA ndanji. Why?

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    • I was there when these guys first started shooting at each other. ….long before anyone thought you would see the light. Efforts including the death of Dag Hammasjold in Ndola have not helped. That’s Why.

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  4. The Congo has been a mess or centuries. It shall require the whole of Africa to solve their problems.

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  5. SADC is a useless talk-shop …they would rather wait for a coup then rush for an emergence summit

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  6. SADC Leaders can not intervene in that case as they are all culprits of intimidation. They show a fake solidarity to fellow dictators in the name of consolidating bilateral relationships. Look at what has just happened in Zimbabwe, they are busy congratulating him and SADC leaders have not condemned the electoral process, the killing of innocent people and the delay in releasing the results. They are in support of Kabila that’s why they are silent. African leaders are blind to democratic issues affecting Africa and are just busy looting it’s (Africa) finances. When Kabila visited one SADC country,it was sweet talks.Do you think they can intervene?

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