On the 30th of June, the Democratic Republic of Congo is supposed to celebrate its 57th Independence Day from the Belgian colonial rule but this won’t be happening this year as the government canceled the celebrations.
The celebrations that involve a military parade showcasing the country’s arsenal will now be summarized with a speech from the president on the national television.
A message from president Kabila’s Deputy Chief of Staff Jean-Pierre Kembille states that the celebrations were canceled due to security concerns.
This is the 2nd national event to be canceled in a space of six months as we saw last year in December the president canceled the celebrations on grounds that the government was financially constrained and slow voter registration.
The country is facing a growing humanitarian crisis as the government is fighting off rebels of a local militia in the Kasai region where 3300 people have lost their lives and a staggering 1.3 million have fled the area.
In addition to that, last month Kinshasa’s main security prison reported a prison break in which 4000 inmates escaped.
It is best to remember that this will not be the first time Congo have cancelled their national independence day celebrations as they did this in 2012 and 2013 due to the ferocity of the M23 rebels.
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