Are More African Leaders Ready to Abandon Congo’s Kabila?

Are More African Leaders Ready to Abandon Congo’s Kabila?
Congolese President Joseph Kabila at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, Aug. 5, 2014 (AP photo by Susan Walsh).

Editor’s Note: Every Friday, WPR Associate Editor Robbie Corey-Boulet curates the top news and analysis from and about the African continent.

Government critics in the Democratic Republic of Congo who insist that “Kabila must go” gained a new ally this week: the government of Botswana.

In a statement Monday, Gabarone delivered the harshest criticism Congolese President Joseph Kabila has yet received from another African nation over his country’s recent turmoil, pinning Congo’s multifaceted security and humanitarian crisis on Kabila’s refusal to respect democratic norms. “We continue to witness a worsening humanitarian situation in that country mainly because its leader has persistently delayed the holding of elections, and has lost control over the security of his country,” the statement said.

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