The people of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) would like to see President Joseph Kabila step down so that good governance and security could be restored to the whole of the country. Those living in Eastern DRC in areas controlled by the M23 Movement have seen an improvement in their lives with schools being opened and roads repaired. This has led to business reopening again and people going about their normal lives without any hindrance.
In an exclusive telephone interview with The London Evening Post, the President of the M23 Movement now in control of most parts of Eastern DRC, Bishop Jean-Marie Runiga Lugerero said the problem in the DRC is not his Movement but ‘bad governance, corruption and abuse of power’. “In the areas we are controlling, we have brought security; our people have security. And now we are beginning to repair the roads which have enabled business to go ahead and our people to be able to move about. And this is just the beginning.”
Bishop Runiga said his Movement had four plans for the Kampala talks which were organized after his forces last year overran Goma , the provincial capital of Eastern DRC. “The first one was about the 2009 agreement. That we have completed. Now we are getting on to the second plan which is security, political and economic wellbeing. So we are waiting. President Museveni is doing a good job.”
Established in 1885 by King Léopold II of Belgium and named the Congo Free State, making it a Belgian colony, this country that lies in South Central Africa has had several changes, most of them bloody. In 1908 it became the Belgian Congo until independence in 1960. It was baptised ‘Congo-Kinshasa’, a name it kept until 1971 when then leader Gen Joseph Mobutu who had led a military coup in 1965 wanted to get rid of all colonial names and after ditching ‘Joseph’ and renaming himself Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngubendu Wa Zabanga, he changed the country’s name too to Zaire. After his overthrow in 1997, the country received its current name. READE MORE