The former president of the Congolese Independent National Electoral Commission (Céni), Corneille Nangaa Yobeluo, left the DRC for exile in Ghana; saying to himself ” threat “ by the regime of President Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo. Mr. Nangaa is also in the sights of the pop power for having mentioned the presence of FDLR in Kinshasa and Lubumbashi.
This close friend of former President Joseph Kabila Kabange had led the Ceni during the disputed presidential election at the end of 2018, after which Mr. Tshisekedi was declared the winner. He had expressed his desire to run in the next presidential election, scheduled for December 20.
The one who reconverted himself into a politician and rallied the opposition against Mr. Tshisekedi, explains having chosen exile as a precaution, because he feels ” threat ” by the regime in place – which he has continued to criticize after having been one of the main “tools” of the Kabilie to install him in power and deprive the real winner of the election, Martin Fayulu and the Lamuka platform of his victory .
“When we feel threatened, only the absence of the threat allows us to return to the country,” declared the president of the Action for the Dignity of Congo and its People (ADCP) party.
A refugee in Ghana, he said he would consider returning only when the political situation improved.
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During a column published in the press last weekend, Mr. Nangaa notably affirmed that former members of the FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda), a Hutu movement formed by certain perpetrators of the Tutsi genocide in 1994 in Rwanda were recruited within the Republican Guard (GR, an elite unit of the Congolese army).
“Just a few days ago, power figures began to discuss the possibility of putting me on trial for my positions in relation to the deterioration of the security situation in the country? How is exposing the presence of infiltrators in the presidential guard a crime? “, he asked himself.
During a press briefing on Wednesday in Kinshasa, the Minister of Communication and Media, Patrick Muyaya, affirmed that Mr. Nangaa’s remarks were “extremely serious”, emphasizing that “he may even be called to answer before the courts” of these statements.
Corneille Nangaa’s comments on the presence of two FDLR battalions in Kinshasa and Lubumbashi in fact only repeat information that has been circulating for several weeks in the DRC, in diplomatic posts and various foreign services. According to several sources, on the eve of this weekend, members of the battalion established for several weeks in Lubumbashi were urgently recalled to Goma.