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Vol 47 No 19

Published 22nd September 2006


One of us cannot be wrong

Both President Kabila and challenger Bemba believe they can win the presidential poll

Tensions are rising again following the burning down on 18 September of presidential candidate Jean-Pierre Bemba's main propaganda outlets, the studios of Canal Congo Télévision, Canal Kin TV and Radio Liberté in Kinshasa. Confusingly, youths brandishing Bemba's photograph stoned fire-fighters. Information Minister Henri Mova Sakanyi had already taken his TV stations off air on 21 August in the middle of a previous bout of post-election violence but allowed them to broadcast again on 11 September. Meanwhile in North Kivu, Tutsi dissident General Laurent Nkunda, now loosely allied to Bemba, accused President Joseph Kabila of planning to send Hutu soldiers against him and provoke a Tutsi-Hutu war.

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