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DR Congo opposition leader urges citizens to reject Kabila

A supporter of the Democratic Republic of Congo's opposition leader Etienne Tshiskedi holds his portrait during a rally in Kinshasa, in July 2016Congolese opposition head Etienne Tshisekedi called on citizens and foreign countries to “no longer recognise” Joseph Kabila as president, in a video released as the long-serving leader appeared set to remain in office on despite his mandate expiring. “I am launching a solemn appeal to the Congolese people to no longer recognise the authority of Mr. Joseph Kabila, to the international community to no longer deal with Joseph Kabila in the name of the Democratic Republic of Congo,” 84-year-old Etienne Tshisekedi, leader of the country’s mainstream opposition party, said in the video released on YouTube overnight. Valentin Mubake, a close aide to Tshisekedi, confirmed to AFP that the video was authentic, and said it was filmed in the Kinshasa district where he lives.

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