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After the campaign speech, the money fluttering bills

Emmanuel ramazani was the photographer Shadary is on the small tower of the stadium of Bumba, on the normally, the stadium speaker announces the results of the

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After the campaign speech, the money fluttering bills

Emmanuel ramazani was the photographer Shadary is on the small tower of the stadium of Bumba, on the normally, the stadium speaker announces the results of the game of football. Shadary came into the town in the middle of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to make a little bit of the election campaign, he is the candidate of the government party and to this day that he on 23. December is a choice. For seven hours, about five thousand people in the sun now waiting for the speech of the former Minister of the interior, which didn't take five minutes: We will build the country further. Bumba has a great future. Many thanks for your Come. Finish. So you can consider the approximately.

the question is, why Shadary is on the way with a plane that can't fly due to safety concerns to Europe, if he didn't really have much to say. Under the microphone in the stadium panel, normally the gates of the home team and the guest are displayed. Today, the Logo of the ruling party, the PPRD depends on both sides, as if the result of the election seems to have been previously entitled to. So, that one wonders whether it will ever be a choice. A few days later, the election Commission will announce the date due to organisational problems on the 30. December move.

Governor acts awkward

Four presidents of the Congo has had since its independence in 1960, yet none of them is divorced voluntarily from the office, there was no peaceful Transition by a vote at the ballot box. Now he is to succeed the first Time, cheered the party in government for months – which it has done in the past years, so that the change of power within the family takes place. President Joseph Kabila, since 2001, in the office, was not allowed to compete according to the Constitution for the third Time and began to rule so easily.

Since 2016, there should have been elections, the Kabila always move left, and then in the summer, but his retreat to announce, only a half. He is already thinking about how Vladimir Putin to suspend a term of office, and then in the next election again. Be place holder until then the former interior Minister, Emmanuel ramazani was the photographer supposed to be Shadary, also in the Congo not very popular or well-known politicians, acting in his performances awkward. Because of its role in the suppression of the Opposition, he is on the sanctions list of the EU.The government party did in the past few months, however, everything, so he has a good chance of: Kabila not to let the two best-known opposition politicians for the election – a simple majority is sufficient. The Opposition is, of course, fallen out, which is why Shadary could be a low double-digit earnings President.

Help him to be possibly the use of electronic voting machines, to make from the point of view of the Opposition of manipulation. On Thursday of last week, was burned in Kinshasa, the Depot with 7000 voting machines, for which the government made the Opposition, and Vice versa. Belgian diplomats reported that the heavily armed government soldiers who were guarding the Depot, had been in front of the fire removed. It was one of the first signs that the election date is not hold that the government probably would not have been elections.

He ruled undeterred: President Joseph Kabila. Picture: Reuters

of all Of this is not felt much to this afternoon in Bumba, the city on the river Congo near the Equator. "I'm going to go choose it up to go with the Congo and the city, my hopes are huge," says Gédéon in the stadium of Bumba, 18 years, he is old and is one of those million in the fast-growing country, with the vote for the first Time, for which there is little past and a lot of the future. You cheer as Emmanuel ramazani was the photographer Shadary leaves the stadium. And stretch out the arms, as his people in 20-Dollar bills to distribute.

Political concepts or programmes are no matter this afternoon, it is important for the candidate to convey the impression that by the riches of the country arrives at the people's. Bumba is an old Belgian commercial station, without a road connection, with an airport on the once a week a plane lands or not. It comes, ultimately, just across the Congo river to here, a journey full of hardships. Who is in Bumba, therefore remains.

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Kabila and his people's praise in these days, to have the country after the many Wars to restore a measure of stability and economic Running provides: The gross national product, during its term of office, the converted 7,44 billion Swiss francs 72.2 billion in 2017, representing almost a tenfold increase. To not feel, however, began at a low level, and for most of the 80 million Congolese, Two-thirds of them is living on less than two francs a day. In Eastern Congo, more than 100 rebel groups fighting against the government and against each other for the riches in the earth. The country is the largest producer of copper, Tin and cobalt on the world. The profits flow, but mainly to a small Elite, the country has become in the past few years, a family business of Kabila. It should, therefore, be no elections? But, but, says the government, on the penultimate day of the year. This Time, really.

"He will save us"

"pure's time to go waste," says the 33-year-old Placid Ngondo, whose resume shows how hard it is to build something, if you know the right people. Ngondo has studied management and political science, and then years after a permanent employment in a company or an NGO, without success. Now he is a dealer, like so many others, bought in Kisangani, cocoa or beans and goes with the bags hundreds of kilometers of the Congo river, where there is for the Sack of a few dollars more. "This is a terribly hard life, but I have no other choice."

there Would be in the Congo a free and fair election, would be likely to attract a candidate of the Opposition, the divided, but still more popular than the government – President Kabila has slipped, according to an independent survey, less than 20 per cent. Many opposition parties promise to bring improvement, have worked together in the past with Kabila, the gave them here and there a Post. The most independent likes to be Martin Fayulu, supported by several parties. "A soldier of the people" on his election posters in Bumba. "He is the Only one that has to hold for us, the head hung," says Shirt, a merchant with his face on the T -.

Fayulu was the Manager of the oil Company Exxon and is relatively fresh in politics, he was the only known opposition politicians, the protesters in the streets, marched, was beaten up by the soldiers and police officers. "He will save us," says the dealer in Bumba. A city that is full of hopelessness. And at the same time full of hope.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 22.12.2018, 18:20 PM

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