The Christian Science Monitor – Why so much is at stake as Congo goes to polls

“The Congo has been without proper infrastructure for decades under Mobutu, but the Congolese have never felt any poorer and unsafe than they do now,” says Nicolas-Patience Basabose, a Congolese political editor for LeCongolais, a weekly magazine based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Many Congolese blame Mr. Mobutu for having used Congo’s riches as his personal bank account, Mr. Basabose says, but at least Mobutu had a political network of supporters and a broad-based organization. “That alone, in the eyes of many Congolese, is far more than [President Joseph] Kabila has offered so far.”

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