DR Congo on fire, 17 dead in violent protests

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img-20160921-wa0002Zambia’s neighbour to the North, the Democratic Republic of Congo is yet again in another serious political turmoil that has gripped the troubled mineral-rich country.

17 people reportedly being killed  during protests calling for President Joseph Kabila to step down, according to a report by Reuters monitored by Zambian Eye.

Three of them are said to be police officers, one of whom was burnt alive, according to the Interior Minister, Evariste Boshab.

But according to opposition parties, almost 50 people have been killed with one witness saying police fired live ammunition into the crowd killing protesters.

And Protesters set up barricades and torched cars on one of the main roads in Kinshasa, the country’s capital.

The bodies of people who had died were seen lying in the streets after protests ended.

The electoral commission was meant to announce a date for presidential elections, due in November, on Monday, but has said it will not be possible to hold them then.

The opposition says Kabila is trying to delay the elections in order to remain in power beyond his two-term limit, which finishes in December.

Police have made at least 10 arrests, with hundreds of protesters out on the streets, reports suggested.

Most schools and shops are closed in Kinshasa, with those not involved in the protests staying inside to avoid any trouble, our reporter adds.


7 Responses to DR Congo on fire, 17 dead in violent protests

  1. This is the path zambia is heading to if a lot of insensitive minds keep on preaching hate speech and keep demonising other is very clear in Africa we speak of democracy we do not understand,if we understood then, we could have been tolerant to divergent views, we live in a continent that believes whoever holds a different view is an enemy. This can’t be a nation that calls on the name of the Lord, far from it.we have a mammoth task not only as a nation but a continent as a whole to teach our people on what it takes to live in harmony with one another but Africans speak of democracy they have never embraced. It is nowander Donald Trump, feels Africans cannot rule themselves.

    September 22, 2016 at 8:54 am

  2. This a lesson for dictator EL. You can’t continue taking people for granted.
    In Ivory Coast people removed a military government. A number of them died but people power prevailed. In Madagascar, President Rasirika was removed by people and not the army.

    In Turkey, people won the battle against coup plotters. In Zimbabwe now people have lost fear. They are riots.

    People reach a stage where staying in their comfort zone will not help them.

    September 22, 2016 at 9:27 am

  3. Kwashala zambia

    September 22, 2016 at 11:30 am

  4. Dream on.It shall not happen.Keep hoping for such and soon it shall be 2021.Again you will cry rigged.Ours shall always be in the ballot box,whether in a revolt or not.

    September 22, 2016 at 1:13 pm

  5. 2021 PF again

    September 22, 2016 at 1:48 pm

  6. The Truth Will Remain Truth,some Comments Here Ar Point Less.You Ar Just Like Football Fans,if People Can’t Judge You, God Can Judge You.You Can Boast About Today,not About Tomorrow,bcouse You Don’t Know What Tomorrow Brings.Talk Something Else 2021 Is Not Today.

    September 23, 2016 at 10:10 pm

  7. Please don’t pray for this to happen in Zambia.You can’t compare Drc with Zambia.Zambia has got responsible security wings while Drc doesn’t.

    Dirt kay
    September 25, 2016 at 4:51 pm

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