The Mirage of Democracy in the DRC

The Mirage of Democracy in the DRC
By Mvemba Phezo Dizolele

The Kabila administration has fallen short on many critical fronts— notably, security, freedom of the press, decentralization of power, and individual freedom and liberties—and the quest to amend a constitution that is only four years old is reflective of the government’s misplaced priorities. One year remains in Kabila’s first term, and he is eligible for a second five-year term. As the incumbent, the odds are in his favor. But the tremendous support from his political base in the east has eroded substantially during the last year as a result of his government’s lack of progress on security. Without this support, Kabila cannot win in 2011. It is this new reality that drives his need for a constitutional review. Read entire article (PDF)