One of the founders of the Filimbi citizen movement, Floribert Anzulini, returned to Kinshasa on Sunday after more than four years in Belgium, where he had fled the regime of former president Joseph Kabila.
Joined by AFP, Anzulini said the moment « favorable » for his return more than nine months after the inauguration of the new head of state Felix Tshisekedi, proclaimed winner of the election of December 30.
He is pleased that « internal and external mobilization » has prevented Joseph Kabila from representing himself, then imposing his « dolphin », Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, as winner of the presidential election.
« For us this electoral process has not been sufficiently transparent and democratic, » he adds, however.
« The system we continue to fight is still in place, » he added. « Our role will be to peacefully eradicate all the roots of the system and its various evils: corruption, bad governance, misappropriation of public funds, political violence … ».
Other opponents released or returned from exile
President Tshisekedi, who governs in coalition with his predecessor, also says he wants to fight corruption.
« Today we need more than just promises. It is in the acts that we judge, « commented Mr. Anzulini.
A banking specialist specializing in risk management, Mr. Anzulini left the Democratic Republic of Congo in March 2015 after a police crackdown on Filimbi and activists of the Balai citizen movement (Burkina Faso) and was fed up ( Senegal).
In his absence, four activists from his Filimbi (« whistle » in Swahili) movement were jailed for almost a year under Joseph Kabila’s regime. They were released just before the elections of December 30, 2018.
Several opponents have returned from abroad to the DRC since the inauguration of President Tshisekedi. The most famous is the former governor of mining Katanga Moïse Katumbi, who returned on May 20 after three years in Belgium.