Violence in Run-up to Congo Elections

CONGO ELECTIONS
Congolese supporters of opposition candidate Martin Fayulu protest the cancellation of their rally in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Wednesday Dec. 19, 2018. The governor of Kinshasa has banned political activities till Dec. 23, election day, fearing violent action by party extremists disrupting what could be its first democratic, peaceful transfer of power since independence from Belgium in 1960. Jerome Delay / AP Photo
CONGO ELECTIONS
Congolese supporters of opposition candidate Martin Fayulu protest the cancellation of their rally in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Wednesday Dec. 19, 2018. The governor of Kinshasa has banned political activities till Dec. 23, election day, fearing violent action by party extremists disrupting what could be its first democratic, peaceful transfer of power since independence from Belgium in 1960. Jerome Delay / AP Photo

Violence in Run-up to Congo Elections

Tensions are high in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as official presidential elections approach on December 23rd. This past weekend, the U.S. State Department ordered all non-emergency governmental staff and family members to leave the country. This announcement comes after a series of violent and malicious attacks all over the country. Last week, an arsonist’s fire in the capital, Kinshasa, destroyed thousands of voting machines and ballot boxes. This week, Congolese security forces opened fire on a group of opposition supporters, killing four people. Joining us to discuss the unraveling situation in DRC is Kambale Musavuli, national spokesperson for Friends of the Congo.