Nangaa: SADC military presence won’t shield Tshisekedi from overthrow in DRC political crisis

By Esther Muhozi
On 19 February 2024 at 05:22

Corneille Nangaa, an opponent of the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo, has declared that the military forces of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will not prevent President Félix Tshisekedi from being ousted from power.

In an interview with La Libre, Nangaa, who coordinates the activities of the Alliance Fleuve Congo (AFC), criticized Tshisekedi’s government for its involvement in killings, misuse of the judiciary, racial discrimination, and destabilizing the security in the eastern part of the DRC.

Nangaa accused Tshisekedi of exacerbating insecurity, organizing armed groups, and being responsible for the deaths of citizens. He highlighted the shooting of Wazalendo by the presidential guard in Goma in August 2023 and called for Tshisekedi to be held accountable for the deaths of generals Delphin Kahimbi, Timothée Mukunto, Ange Matondo, and William Ngoy, who died in intelligence operations.

He stated that the current DRC government poses problems domestically, regionally, and internationally, prompting the AFC to seek its removal.

When asked about the SADC forces deployed in the DRC to assist Tshisekedi against groups including M23, which are part of AFC, Nangaa expressed no concern, stating that SADC forces could not affect their cause as the conflict in DRC is rooted in internal issues. He asserted their intention to go to Kinshasa to remove those who perpetuate racial discrimination and end the cycle of violence.

Nangaa also mentioned the possibility of dialogue with the DRC government, showing willingness on AFC’s part to address the root causes of the conflict, but expressed skepticism about the government’s willingness to engage.

Furthermore, Nangaa criticized Tshisekedi for violating the constitution multiple times and disrespecting the national military in the international arena, suggesting that Tshisekedi should be imprisoned and held accountable for his actions.

SADC forces, including a commitment of 2900 soldiers from South Africa, began joining the DRC forces in December 2023 to combat M23.