Theophile Mugisho
Jun 10, 2017

Love for Power in the DR Congo

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Edited: Jun 10, 2017

As things are worsening in the DR Congo because unwilling leaders to sit and seek a peaceful way to get out of the quagmire of instability at all levels, there are no jobs countrywide. This is now causing anyone to struggle, in their way, for life, which makes corruption escalate. Lots of open and public corruption, and anyone is now doing anything. So, there is still room in politics for "my brother, friend can take me there, and I will be sitting on a chair, heat it and when it time to go, I also get my perdiem." The way things are going in the DR Congo, for the moment, at political level is heartbreaking. Leaders have been in power for more than a decade and now they cannot leave power for another generation. The people want the constitution to be respected and the president to respect it, by respecting his terms, as stated in the constitution. The country is falling into growing political decay. The economic, cultural and developmental aspects are chaotic. This is due to the fact that the leaders are there with no terms guiding them; they are now careless of the hardship the people are in. They cannot respect he constitution and let the people elect the leaders of their choice. They are ruling the people who do not like them anymore, for they (leaders) are mega-selfish. The leaders are fighting among themselves to get positions and not pull the country out of the quagmire of pandemonium. Now, when a deputy is promoted to a higher position, his place is given to his wife. This is called lust for power, and total neglect of the people.

Kavithe Kieti
Jun 29, 2017

I totally agree with you. Some African leaders want to remain in their seats for long or make it seem like a seat of succession where their children take up leadership. People want power and remain ignorant of the effect it has on the people. After the post election violence, the main issue decided on by Koffi Anan was power sharing. No consideration was put on the lives or property lost.

Mugisho Ndabuli
Jun 30, 2017

Kavithe, this is sad but African leaders have made it a rule of thumb. Since they are now changing the constitution the way they like, things on political level are becoming worse and worse. Sticking on power is due several factors, but the most prominent are awful and generalized killings of the people and mostly the opponents and human rights activists who denounce rights abuse. Moreover, embezzlement of government finance and finally excess or blind love for power. As they have political immunity, they feel protected, but once they are out of office, they are hugely afraid these atrocities will be open to air, leading them to the Hague. Thus, they decide better die in power, not matter how awful this is affecting their people. Good leaders understand the needs of their people and do everything they can to develop and empower them, but tyrants willingly make their eyes bling and their ears deaf just to make the people die slowly at their nose. This is structural violence.

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