Mass to launch Ramazani Shadary’s campaign in the DRC

Ramazani Shadary in the North-eastern Cathedral of Congo in Kinshasa, November 24, 2018. Photo: AFP

NEWSROOM (ADV) – President Joseph Kabila’s appointed heir, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, launched his campaign by attending a Mass in Kinshasa Cathedral on Saturday, four weeks before the December 23 presidential election in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“Comrade Ramazani Shadary is first and foremost a Christian devotee who has just handed over his campaign to God,” Jean-Claude Kazembe Musonda, a member of the presidential coalition of the Common Front for Congo (FCC), told reporters. ) who supports Mr. Ramazani Shadary.

For his first appearance in public since the official opening of the campaign on Thursday, Ramazani Shadary sat in the front row of Notre-Dame catholic cathedral, without saying a word.

The Catholic Church (about 40% of Congolese) is present in the electoral debate. On Friday, the Bishops’ Conference called for “credible elections for a real democratic alternation”.

Ramazani Shadary is expected to meet voters for the first time on Monday in Lubumbashi, the country’s second largest city and its mining capital.

The capital of Katanga is also a strategic issue of the election between the supporters of President Kabila and his candidate, and the opposition.

The opposition is split between two main candidates: MP Martin Fayulu, supported by Katanga, former governor of Katanga, and Felix Tshisekedi, supported by Vital Kamerhe, former Speaker of the National Assembly.

A total of 21 candidates were selected for the presidential election (not counting the withdrawal of Mr. Kamerhe for Mr. Tshisekedi).

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