n African Renaissance - The DRC : moving beyond the bullet and ballot box

Volume 4, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


This article provides a brief assessment of some of the key issues at the root of the country' on-going miseries. At the heart of the problem is that the DRC is a nominal country. In terms of truly national and democratic institutions, the nation of the DRC is a phantom. The DRC exists in name only. The country is an enclosure for predatory elites to rob, pillage and plunder with impunity. The country's 50 million or so inhabitants (no one keeps a reliable head count) are not citizens of their nominal country but subjects of strongmen, indigenous and foreign. Slaves would not be too strong a description in many instances, especially in the east of the country. In the wake of the elections of 2006 'largely devoid of major violence or gross irregularities', according to the International Crisis Group, real hope exists. The article assesses the tasks that must be undertaken by the post-conflict leaders and the international community if a nation deserving the description of 'Democratic' in its name is to emerge.

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