On the front page of the Kinshasa press: blackmail against secession

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Kamanda Wa Kamanda Muzembe © Thomas Nicolon

By: Kamanda Wa Kamanda

7 min


It is in the daily

Le Potentiel


From the outset, the columnist, in a dry tone in the section À Haute Voix, writes:

“If the history of the secessions in Africa in general, and in DR Congo in particular, were told to you, you would discover that more ardent promoters of chaos, crushed by the firepower of loyalist forces, ended up fleeing abroad while awaiting an amnesty and a return to the fold, with their tail between their paws


The Belgian company Union minière du Haut-Katanga, the financier of the Katanga secession of July 11, 1960,

recalls the colleague,

is not Gécamines, a company of the Congolese state”.

"Worse, Chinese mining operations in Katanga,

can we still read

, will not turn into a new UMHK.


What is the blackmail against secession brandished by an elite enjoyable, unable to share with the base the mega-booty that the 21-year-old Kabila, father and son, graciously offered to him?

Asks the columnist of the newspaper

Le Potentiel

who concludes:

Nothing but hateful and separatist speeches to not account!


"The Mulunda Affair"

The Republic

, another daily, is interested in "The Mulunda Affair", this former president of the Independent National Electoral Commission and pastor of the United Methodist Church who has been under arrest since Monday.

He was arrested for his sermon delivered during the worship organized on January 16 in memory of the anniversary of the assassination in 2001 of Laurent-Désiré Kabila.

According to the newspaper, his detractors accuse him of having made secessionist remarks.


Mulunda's preaching was not religious, it was a political rally

," accuses Gabriel Kyungu wa Kumwanza, leader of UNAFEC, quoted by this newspaper.

Arrested since, the former president of the CENI now president of a political party of the FCC, was transferred to the general prosecutor's office of Lubumbashi before landing at the central prison of Kasapa where was organized a flagrant trial.

Félix Tshisekedi honors the two national heroes Patrice Emery Lumumba and Laurent-Désiré Kabila

The weekly sorting

Le Maximum

, for its part, was interested in the commemoration of the anniversary of the assassinations of Patrice Emery Lumumba and Laurent-Désiré Kabila, the two national heroes.

The significant gesture made by President Tshisekedi to those close to Laurent Désiré Kabila particularly marked the mind of the columnist.


The beautiful gesture of Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi

", headlines the editorial




who writes that After the democratic alternation that took place on January 23, 2019, some thought that the tributes to this second national hero were going to lose their splendor with the end of the reign of his son Joseph Kabila and the breakdown of the FCC-CACH coalition by Félix Tshisekedi on December 6.

While we least expected it in a most deleterious political climate

,” we can still read.

Félix Tshisekedi pulled out all the stops by enhancing with his presence the ceremony of the twentieth anniversary of the assassination of Mzee ... Joseph Kabila's successor also joined the biological family of the third President of the Republic to share the loss of this political icon in a spirit of national reconciliation and cohesion.

An eloquent presidential symbolism,

appreciates the colleague of the newspaper

Le Maximum




finally, Covid-19: Jean-Jacques Muyembe envisages the imminent reopening of schools and universities.

According to this daily, “

the pupils and students of the DRC will in the next few days go back to school, for some, and amphitheatres for others.

This information is increasingly confirmed with the recent conference of the coordinator of the technical secretariat of the multisectoral committee for the response to Covid-19,





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