Congo experienced extensive violence and mass protests after a parliamentary bill was announced in media which was seen as a ticket for Congo’s president to extend his term in office. The divisive president of Congo, Joseph Kabila has stirred up mistrust among the people of Congo.
The International Federation of Human Rights reported that at least 42 civilians were killed by government militia. The number of people killed reported by the government of Congo was only 14 people.
The authorities cut off access to internet for two days as the nationwide unrest continued.
A mother was in tears upon learning the death of his 24 year old son. She was crying while recounting to media how great his son was and how bright his future would have been. The mother pleaded that his son’s life be restored. Christian, the boy who died during the violent uprising was an unemployed guard, attended the nearby church regularly and had nothing to do with politics.
The mother’s grief was only one among the several woes of people who lost loved ones in the uprising. They are calling to receive justice from the government.
The senate’s decision
The senate of Congo in a pronouncement last Friday appeared to withdraw the bill. If the bill will be implemented, Joseph Kabila will be kept in power for two more years. The senate president told the media that they have heard the plea of the citizens of Congo and have heeded their call.
The senate’s decision brought adults and students alike to their feet in jubilation. People of Congo have expressed their dislike for the current president and extending his reign of power brought about criticisms and hatred to the government.
Investors in the region are hesitant to conduct business expansions in the country. The turmoil in Congo has affected the performance of the businesses in the area. When internet was cut off for a full two days, online businesses took a big blow. Take for example Papermart, an online business in the packaging industry experienced lower sales in that part of the world.