KINSHASA Democratic Republic of Congo (Xinhua)
-- Voters in the Democratic Republic
of Congo cast their ballots on Sunday in an election vital to
the future of the central African country.
The election, which
comes after repeated delays, will produce a successor to
President Joseph Kabila and is deemed decisive for a peaceful
transfer of power.
However, there is
concern over the credibility of the election following some
organizational problems and a government decision to exclude
some 1 million voters due to a deadly Ebola virus outbreak in
Two dead at
presidential election polling station in DRC: media
KINSHASA Democratic Republic of Congo (Xinhua)
-- Two people were killed in a
disturbance between voters and police at a polling station in
the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Sunday, local media
The incident took
place on the polling day of the presidential election at a
polling station at Lurhala Primary School in the eastern
province of South-Kivu, said a media report.
testimonies collected by the local press, a man suspected of
being an agent of the CENI (electoral body of the DRC) came in
the day to force voters to vote for the ruling party candidate
Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, creating scuffles.
A police officer
deployed to secure the poll then fired on the voters he thought
were out of control, killing one of the voters on the spot. In
anger, the crowd beated the policeman to death. The unrest also
left two injured.
The organization of
the presidential election in the DRC has experienced several
obstacles, including late opening of polling stations, absence
of electoral lists, various malfunctions of voting machines,
After slipping his
ballot into the ballot box on Sunday morning, incumbent
President Joseph Kabila said that “our people remain determined
to overcome the challenges of the poll, together we write our
The Congolese will
know the successor to Kabila on Jan. 15 with the publication of
the final results.
Uganda on high
alert as neighboring DR Congo goes to the polls
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
As the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is
scheduled to hold general elections on Sunday, neighboring
Uganda is on high alert at the military, health and refugee
Uganda’s military spokesperson, told Xinhua by telephone on
Saturday that the army has beefed up security at its western
common border with volatile eastern DRC.
“We continue to be
prepared in case on any incursions on our territory by the
Allied Democratic Forces rebels (ADF).That one has always been
steady and has become a permanent phenomenon on our part to keep
on maximum alert,” Karemire said.
Karemire added that
the ADF could use the high numbers of fleeing Congolese to
infiltrate the border.
ADF is a Ugandan
rebel group holed up in the jungles of eastern DRC together with
other Congolese militia groups.
military has sufficient forces along the border. “We are
supported by Local Defense Units. We recruited thousands of them
sometime back,” Karemire said.
The UN refugee
agency in a recent interview with Xinhua said in case there is
an overflow of Congolese seeking refuge in Uganda, humanitarian
agencies are ready to handle them.
There are fears that
there is likely to be post-election violence after the Sunday
Duniya Aslam Khan,
spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for
Refugees (UNHCR) office in Uganda, said additional resources may
be required in case there is an influx of refugees.
According to the
inter-agency Refugee Response plan for 2019-2020, about 416
million U.S. dollars is needed for 2019 to respond to the
humanitarian needs of the Congolese refugees in Uganda.
According to UNHCR
figures, about 300,000 Congolese refugees are expected to be
hosted in Uganda by the end of 2018. Many of them flee fighting
in north and south Kivu regions.
Parts of eastern DRC
are experiencing an Ebola outbreak, according the World Health
challenge, Uganda says it is tightening border surveillance just
in case there is an influx of people crossing as a result of
possible election violence.
“We are putting in
place measures to ensure that we have the capacity to screen
whatever numbers may flock into the country,” Ruth Aceng,
Uganda’s minister of health told Xinhua in a recent interview.
Woldemariam, WHO Country Representative, told Xinhua that
efforts have been doubled ahead of the polls to prevent the
spread of the highly contagious disease into the country.
“There has been an
effort by the ministry and its partners to prevent the spread of
the disease. The volunteer health teams have been briefed and
are intensifying surveillance,” said Woldemariam.
“Even if people pass
and they get sick, the community is the second line of defense
and that capacity has been enhanced in the last few weeks,” he