Days before ConDemocratic Republic of Congo ’s elections, the Kinshasa’s governor banned campaign rallies in the capital city, citing security concerns.
The capital’s governor Andre Kimbuta on Wednesday cancelled all political rallies in the city for the 21 candidates vying for the presidency in the Dec. 23 elections.
Kimbuta issued a communique saying he had information that extremists were preparing street confrontations in the last days of electoral campaign activities.
The ban angered supporters of opposition candidate Martin Fayulu who had gathered for a rally in Kinshasa. Thousands of Fayulu’s supporters gathered along a main road stretching out from Kinshasa hoping to see their candidate but Democratic Republic of Congo’s police dispersed many y firing tear gas.
Fayulu was stopped by police about 50 kilometers (31 miles) outside Kinshasa, according to his campaign manager Pierre Lumbi, who said they were trying to negotiate to allow the candidate to enter Kinshasa.
The elections have been postponed several times. Democratic Republic of Congo has not had a peaceful, democratic transfer of power since the vast Central Africa country became independent from Belgium in 1960.