Moïse Katumbi and his party are very angry and have not failed to say so, this Monday, July 19, 2021, especially after the arrest of the president of the youth of their political formation, Jacky Ndala. The latter had reacted strongly to what he considers an attempt to exclude his mentor from the next presidential election.
The proposed law, which would exclude candidates born of foreign parents from the 2023 presidential election, is about to turn the Democratic Republic upside down. Indeed, the proposed law on « congolity », which could prohibit access to the presidential office and other government functions to people who have a non-Congolese father or mother, has drawn the ire of pro-Katumbi.
The text was contested by Moise Katumbi’s party, which even threatened to leave the ruling coalition. Jacky Ndala and several other executives of Katumbi’s party made threats after the text was submitted. After several media outings and harsh statements, Jacky Ndala was arrested by the National Intelligence Agency on Sunday 18 July at his home in Kinshasa. This exasperated the party of Moïse Katumbi, Ensemble pour la République, which issued a statement.
Recalling that he is « a member of the Sacred Union in the same way as the other components, and deserves, therefore, its share of consideration and respect especially because of its significant contribution to this dynamic, » the party Ensemble pour la République demands the immediate release of its youth leader.
In a communiqué signed by its secretary general, Dieudoné Bolengetenge, the party of the former opponent insists that it is « incomprehensible that Moïse Katumbi, our leader, is the object of slander and other insults by some members of this sacred Union without anyone being indignant. The construction of a coalition is a collective work; the contempt of the partners does not honor ».