President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Felix Tshisekedi
The United States US has made good on its threat to penalize individuals that undermine electoral processes. It announced on Friday that it would deny visas to officials that were involved in election misconduct in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
According to US media, it wanted to send a clear signal of the need for accountability in the conflict-torn nation but stressed that it will still work with the controversially elected new president, Felix Tshisekedi.
The United States said it would reject any visa request from 5 senior Congolese figures as well as their immediate family members over “involvement in significant corruption relating to the election process.”
They include Corneille Nangaa, president of the Independent National Election Commission, Constitutional Court president Benoit Lwamba Bindu and Aubin Minaku Ndjalandjoko, president of the National Assembly.
The State Department said it was also imposing visa restrictions on an unspecified number of other military and government officials over human rights abuses related to the election.
The State Department said in a statement, these individuals enriched themselves through corruption, or directed or oversaw violence against people exercising their rights of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression.
It said, they operated with impunity at the expense of the Congolese people and showed a blatant disregard for democratic principles and human rights.
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