Congo forces fire shots to ward off protests after talks fizzle

March 28, 2017 | By | Reply More

Congolese police fired shots and tear gas on Tuesday to ward off protesters after Catholic bishops pulled out of their mediation role in talks meant to pave the way for President Joseph Kabila to step down after an election.

congo Sporadic unrest broke out in Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital Kinshasa when the bishops announced they would no longer host the talks between Kabila’s allies and the opposition, after voicing frustration at their unwillingness to seek compromise.

The implementation of a political transition pact mediated by the bishops and signed on Dec. 31 has stalled, raising the specter of renewed violence in a vast central African country that has suffered a series of ruinous wars and rebellions.

Congo has never experienced a peaceful handover of power and millions have died, mostly from hunger and disease, in conflicts in east Congo since the late 1990s, when rebels ousted President Mobutu Sese Seko after three decades in power.

“We think that there’s no longer anything to do,” Donatien Nshole, secretary general of CENCO, the bishops’ organization. “We have given all our time and all our energy.”

Press journalist for HRO media – Ignacio Damigo reports.

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