LETTER OF REMINDER TO THE UN SECRETARY-GENERAL AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE FIVE PERMANENT MEMBER STATES OF THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL
To the Secretary-General of the United Nations
To the Excellences, the representatives of the five permanent member countries of the United Nations Security Council, called to meet in New York about the Democratic Republic of the Congo: United States of America, France, United Kingdom, Russian Federation, and People’s Republic of China
Subject: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC): Need for a political transition of technocrats because of the situation in the country
We hereby seek to remind you of our letter of January 6, 2016, addressed to the Secretary-General, attached hereto, on behalf of the Congolese Intellectuals’ Collective of the Diaspora and the Interior of the DRC. These are proposals to end the recurrent instability in the DRC in a sustainable way. Indeed, the legislative and presidential elections, according to the terms of the Constitution, should have been organized at the end of last year but were not because of the lack of political will on behalf of President Joseph Kabila, who had reached the end of his second term and who should no longer be in office, according to the terms of the Constitution.
Our proposal deals with four points, summarized as follows:
- Strengthening of the United Nations presence
We believe that the premature withdrawal of UN forces (which had been the object of several irresponsible requests from the DRC authorities) or a reduction in its strength would have disastrous humanitarian consequences for the Congolese population.
- Need for dialogue between political and social forces
We recognize the cardinal virtues of dialogue in a society transitioning to democracy and therefore only wish to strengthen the dialogue of all the political and social forces of the DRC. This dialogue should be aimed not only at the sharing of power but also the search for durable solutions for the institutional stability of the country.
- Do not scratch the electoral process
The “election-first” or “democracy-first” doctrine has already shown its limits, both in the world and in the DRC. In our view, it would be preferable to give priority to an “institution-first” doctrine to increase the capacity of the State. All the evidence shows that the elections currently being prepared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) will not be democratic and may lead to disputes and another widespread civil war. You must muster the courage to postpone them for a period of twenty-four to thirty-six months to ensure proper preparation. Moreover, postponing the election will allow more time to mobilize resources and better allocate them.
- Implementation of a technocratic transition
Pending the organization of a real democratic ballot in the DRC, we need a technocratic and nonpolitical transitional regime to optimize the performance of the State. The role of this transition will be to strengthen institutions and consolidate the State’s capabilities to stabilize the whole country and allow it to function on a solid basis. This will pave the way for a promising future for the DRC.
In the annex, you will find a summary of a project by the Transitional Executive Corps (CET) outlining the meaning and necessity of this transition in the DRC under the direction of technocrats. It is necessary to contest the hasty entry into an electoral phase at a time when the country is weakened by the acute internal crisis that it is experiencing under the guidance of the corrupt and ineffective political actors who led it there. It should be noted that the prospect of political governance of the DRC by technocrats, in times of transition or normal mandate, is supported by almost all Congolese people, given the destruction of the country thus far by the so-called power-holders.
In advance, Mr. Secretary-General, Excellences, we welcome your determination to help stabilize the situation in the DRC, a home for 80 million people, where nearly 8 million people have perished in the last two decades, due to both internal and external instability factors, amplified by the deficit of state capacity, which the CET will help to fill before holding credible, fair, free, and therefore democratic elections.
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Date: September 17, 2017
For the Collective of dr-Congolese intellectuals gathered around the project CET,
- Pierre Vile-Linda Sula, DBA, IT Architect, USA
- Andy Kelo Keller, PhD, University Professor, USA
- Malonga Miatudila, MD, MPH, International Consultant
- Paul Kalonda Olamba, PhD, Professeur d’Universite, RDC
- Ikonga Wetshay, PhD, Professeur d’Universite, CANADA
- Mambo Lumona, MBA, Consultant Finance, CHINA