President Kabila puts off UN Chief’s visit ahead of December polls
Written by: Administrator
Tuesday, July 10th, 2018, 10:32
President Joseph Kabila of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has postponed a planned visit by the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Chairperson of African Union Commission.
The spokesperson of the Congolese government Lambert Mende confirmed this development in a statement.
“Is it the case that in all African countries in the middle of the electoral process these same visitors come to verify if the preparations are going in the right direction? If yes, they are also welcome in our country”
Guterres who is currently at the African Union’s Headquarters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa had planned to visit Africa’s mineral-rich nation with one of the longest conflict this week, diplomatic sources have said.
Congolese Foreign Ministry, however, has said in a statement that Guterres will be welcome after reaching a compromise a new date.
Guterres and Faki remain welcome in Kinshasa at a date to be agreed upon jointly”.
UN has the largest and most costly peacekeeping mission in DRC with about 18,000 falling slightly short of the mandated 19,800.
Kabila was supposed to exit power in 2016 according to a peace deal.