Presidential candidate Moise Katumbi, third on the ballot for the upcoming December 20th election, launched his election campaign in the Grand Bandundu region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. At a meeting with his supporters in Kikwit, Katumbi highlighted the current government's shortfalls, including high youth unemployment, the absence of electricity despite promises of electrification, a depreciating Congolese franc, and soaring market prices.
A Promise of Change
Katumbi criticized the government's failure to construct the Kikwit stadium, a project meant to foster youth sports activities. He argued that the current administration's promises were hollow and portrayed himself as an experienced leader with a strong affection for all Congolese. Katumbi, claiming to be on a divine mission to liberate the country, promised to tackle youth employment and implement anti-erosion policies in the city, which is plagued by erosion problems.
However, Katumbi's campaign event was not without controversy. His motorcade faced potential hostility from a group of unruly youths as it entered the city, a situation that was quickly defused by his supporters. Despite this incident, Katumbi continued to emphasize his commitment to addressing the pressing issues facing the Congolese people.
The election campaign comes amidst a contentious political climate in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with various candidates vying for the top seat. Among them is Martin Fayulu, who insists the 2018 election was unjustly taken from him. He promises to combat corruption, improve basic services, and create a stronger, better-paid army to tackle the humanitarian crisis in the eastern part of the country.
The current President Felix Tshisekedi, who is also seeking re-election, has been criticized for failing to bring peace to the turbulent eastern region, despite his promises upon taking office in 2019. The ongoing security crisis in the region remains a critical issue in the upcoming election.