Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila special envoy Mr Kikaya Bin Karubi [centre] and DRC ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Mwawapanga Mwanananga [left] meet President Mnangagwa [30.10.18]

The Democratic Republic of Congo will not tolerate any external interference in its elections which are due on the 23rd of December 2018.

This was said by the Chief Diplomatic Advisor to the President and envoy of DRC leader  Joseph Kabila, Dr Kikaya Bin Karubi when he met with President Emmerson Mnangagwa at Munhumutapa Offices in Harare today.

The comments by Dr Karubi come amid preparations for the long awaited DRC elections which will be held on the 23rd of December this year.

It will be the third election to be held in the DRC after the death of Laurent Desire Kabila who was assassinated in January 2001 when his son and incumbent leader Joseph Kabila took office.

He was elected President in 2006 and re-elected in 2011 for a second term which expired in December 2016 according to the constitution adopted in 2006.

In the coming elections, President Kabila is not seeking re-election and his party the Peoples Party for Reconstruction and Democracy is rallying behind Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, the former interior minister.

The Special Envoy of outgoing President Kabila said everything is on course for the holding of the elections with some 21 candidates vying for the presidential position and over 700 political parties taking part in the elections.

Dr Karubi said he is in the country to brief President Mnangagwa on the coming elections, with campaigns starting, adding that there are slight challenges pertaining to terrorist attacks on the Congolese population in some parts of the country and the Ebola virus.

He said the coming elections should mark the first time DRC will see a civil transition of power and it is a young democracy.

He was also emphatic that DRC will not brook any interference from the international community members like Europe and the United States, saying should DRC need help, it knows which doors to knock, with first preference being given to African brothers.

Zimbabwe and DRC are close partners that are in the SADC grouping which saved DRC from invasion in 1998 under Operation Sovereign Legitimacy.