There is an interesting anecdote doing the rounds at the moment, written by Field Ruwe, a Zambian novelist and journalist currently based in California. It tells the story of a chance meeting on a plane between Ruwe and ‘Walter’, a former IMF official now working in a similar capacity for another organisation.
On December 9th, Joseph Kabila was re-elected President of the Democratic of the Congo. Overseen by international observers, this was the first ever election organised from with the DRC… and it was a whitewash. With serious electoral irregularities being minimised and ignored by the international community, the election was a farce.
Tomorrow there will be a further protest in London over the re-election of Kabila in dubious circumstances. This follows on from a week of protests including 143 arrests at a similar protest on Saturday. Protests against the elections results have occurred in a number of major cities and indeed it was chancing on one in …
Winding my way home yesterday afternoon on the bus, idly watching the world go by out of the window, I chanced on a demo of about 60 people marching over the Squinty Bridge. I couldn’t hear much of the chanting but eventually a banner came into view – saying “Kabila must go”.