Reading the news that Kabila was not going to run for President in the DRC brought me joy and happiness at the same time a great deal of doubts. DRC has to be the richest country in the world but decades of political wrangles has made them dirt poor.
Sparsely populated in relation to its area, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is home to a vast potential of natural resources and mineral wealth. Its untapped deposits of raw minerals are estimated to be worth in excess of US$24 trillion. These political wrangles however has made the country one of the poorest in the world.
The news that the tyrant and dictator was going to step down was surprising to say the least but it was actually too good to be true. It was later confirmed to be all a facade after news outlets reported that President Kabila had chosen own friend Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary as his preferred candidate. I did my research and saw that he is the interior minister in the DRC and looks like a desperate move by Kabila to keep power within his circle.
This is further evident with the government constantly frustrating Moise Katumbi, who is seen by many in the DRC and the world as the man to deliver Congo from oblivion. Congolese opposition leader Moise Katumbi was twice refused permission to return home to register for the December presidential election, he is clearly seen as a threat by Kabila and his cronies who want to keep siphoning the DRC’s vast wealth and resources.
As we speak now he is on a self imposed exile in Zambia and has been trying to enter DRC but his efforts suppressed by the government.