The Minister of Foreign Affairs, who is also a Spokesperson for the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo, has accused the candidate Moise Katumbi of failing to mention Rwanda in his manifesto and continuously questioning the security of the country.
Patrick Muyaya made these statements after Moïse Katumbi officially announced his candidacy. This was met with various reactions from both Congolese citizens and some government officials, with some expressing concerns that he might be playing into the hands of Rwanda, especially considering the background of the M23 rebel group.
It is worth noting that Patrick Muyaya accused Moïse Katumbi specifically, not criticizing other candidates. He said, “I hope you can lead the country, but you cannot hide your benefactor.”
He added, “It’s fine to mention Rwanda, but it should be in the interest of the security of the people. Speak about everything as it is and how it affects the leadership of Congo.”
Patrick Muyaya further suggested that they expect different viewpoints from other candidates, especially regarding the ongoing conflict in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he commended President Félix Tshisekedi’s leadership and the strengthening of the military and security.
Muyaya stated, “The government of the DRC is not the same as it used to be! And this Moïse Katumbi, I dare say he has no say that can change what the Félix Tshisekedi government has done. Instead, they should prepare to be defeated in the presidential elections.”
Moise Katumbi’s candidacy had already caused tension within the Kinshasa government, with individuals like Noël Tshiani challenging him on the issue of nationality, questioning his commitment to the country. This was expected to be resolved on November 30, 2023, by the Constitutional Court.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) had already announced the release of the final list of candidates on November 18, 2023, as outlined in the electoral law.
The presidential election in the Democratic Republic of Congo is scheduled for February 20, 2024.