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ICC Note: The DRC has decided to deny Special Envoys entry into the country. The move has raised concerns that President Kabila is looking to ensure his own rule for years to come. President Kabila was scheduled to stand down in December 2016, but the change was delayed twice. Now, for a third time, it is unclear whether he will stand down.

08/22/2018 DRC (All Africa) – DRC government spokesman says special envoys to his country act like “proconsuls”.

Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila has rejected President Cyril Ramaphosa’s appointment of former President Thabo Mbeki as South Africa’s Special Envoy to that country.

Mbeki’s appointment was confirmed by Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Khusela Diko at the weekend, after the summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Windhoek.

At first Kabila’s government appeared to welcome the appointment. DRC minister of communication and government spokesman Lambert Mende said on Monday that his government had been informed of the decision and was open to any proposals from SADC.

But later Kabila’s foreign policy adviser Barnabe Kikaya bin Karubi told DRC media that Kabila’s government would not be accrediting any further special envoys to DRC. He said that the special envoys of the past, including those of the European Union, the UK and the US, had not served the DRC’s interests.

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