Emmanuel Masirika Kabila, aged 32, and son of the late Laurent-Désiré Kabila, said his brother should step down and allow the country to organize a national census, which was last done in 1984.
He also called for the dismissal of the president of the Independent Electoral Commission (CENI), Corneille Nangaa, accusing him of being the accomplice of Joseph Kabila in the extension of his mandate.
Emmanuel Kabila was born in Ankoro in the Katanga province in 1985. His mother, Victorine Hakiza Masirika, from South Kivu in eastern Congo, was one of Laurent-Désiré Kabila’s wives.
The polygamist had about 25 children with different wives, and spent part of his life in exile to escape the anger of former President Mobutu Sese Seko.
After the birth of Emmanuel, Désiré Kabila went into exile in Tanzania and his mother and son joined him a year later. Masirika was killed in 1994 by Mobutu’s forces during a spy mission in Ankoro.
Speaking to EastAfrican journalists, Emmanuel Kabila said he fled the DRC in December 2011 because of ongoing harassment of security agencies and death threats.
“The fact is that we are asking President Kabila to reopen investigations into the murder of my father, to release those who have been wrongfully arrested and to return the wealth and legacy of our family. “
As far as politics is concerned, Emmanuel thinks that the president does not intend to leave power after the elections.
He claims that President Kabila, whose constitutional mandate ended in 2016, fears that if he leaves power without a guarantee of immunity, he could be held accountable for human rights violations and killing of protesters.
President Kabila recently asked parliament to discuss the status of former presidents, including immunity and benefits.