As part of preparations to mark the first anniversary coming to power of President Felix Tshisekedi’s, The Democratic Republic of Congo has reportedly set aside a sum of $6 for the celebrations.
The government believes there is a need for the country to celebrate a democratic and peaceful alternation of power. The decision has, however, not gone down well with a lot of people, amongst whom is the country’s former prime minister, who describes the moves as comedic;
“This is a comedy and madness,” said former prime minister and leader of the Lamuka opposition party, Adolphe Muzito.
The spokesperson for Moïse Katumbi, Olivier Kamitatu also denounced the move, calling it ‘‘mismanagement of public resources in the face of unending challenges of the country.”
In spite of the criticisms, the event is scheduled for the 24 January in the capital Kinshasa. It coincides with the day former president Joseph Kabila handed over to Felix Tchisekedi.