Opposition leader arrested ahead of general strike in Congo

Opposition leader arrested ahead of general strike in Congo

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo briefly detained a prominent opposition leader on Sunday, the government said, two days before a general strike to pressure President Joseph Kabila to step down from office.

Kabila is required by the constitution to stand aside in December after 15 years in power. Critics accuse him of trying to delay a presidential vote due in November in order to stay in office. Dozens died in protests over this issue last year.

Martin Fayulu, president of the Engagement for Citizenship and Development (ECIDE) party and one of the organisers of Tuesday’s strike, was held briefly for “incitation to public disorder”, government spokesman Lambert Mende told Reuters, declining to elaborate further.

Mende said Fayulu was released after a few hours because of his immunity as a national deputy. Investigators will transfer his dossier to parliament, which could authorise judicial proceedings against him, he added. Read more

 

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