Presidential polls are approaching on November 28th in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but few observers expect them to be free or fair. The country’s Parliament has changed the Constitution to favor sitting President Joseph Kabila with one round or winner-take-all voting, in which opposition candidates would be expected to divide the opposition vote, leaving Kabila with the most votes and no run-off to face.
Even if the opposition unites behind one candidate, neither Kabila nor the dominant foreign powers in the region including the U.S. and its military partners Rwanda and Uganda are likely to tolerate Kabila’s defeat. The question is how will the Congolese people respond. And, the real question underlying that is: How can the Congolese people claim Congo’s vast resources and defend the claim? AfroBeatRadio spoke to Maurice Carney, Executive Director of Friends of the Congo who believes that Congo, like the rest of resource-rich Africa should look to the Global South.