Kinshasa, March 21st, 2022 (CPA). – Head of State Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo is concerned about the promotion of women, young people and people living with disabilities (PVH), indicated the Secretary General of the Union for Democracy and Progress (UDPS), Augustin Kabuya, to a delegation from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) electoral advisory council, which he received at the party headquarters in Limete.
Secretary General Augustin Kabuya revealed to his hosts who had come to inquire about the position of the ruling party on the recommendations of the Heads of State of SADC member countries from the August 2020 summit, that the way of life of the ‘UDPS is based on the promotion of the aforementioned categories of people. “This materializes in particular through the policy led by the Head of State Félix Tshisekedi, at the top of the country. These people are given special attention by the Head of State during appointments,” he said.
Secretary General Augustin Kabuya also discussed with his hosts issues related in particular to the fight against the spread of false information on social networks, the financing of political party electoral campaigns, electoral law and public political demonstrations as well as to « Fake news » published in social networks. Speaking of the financing of political parties, the secretary general of the UDPS, indicated that this law exists, but was not applied during the reign of the past regime. « The current context characterized by the global economic crisis linked to the COVID 19 pandemic and the war in the East has not allowed our country to fund political parties immediately, » he said. adding: “As soon as the economic order is restored, this law will be applied flawlessly. Because, the main thing today is to think first of the daily life of the Congolese people”.
Fake news and denials
For the secretary general of the Union for Democracy and Progress (UDPS), Augustin Kabuya, the best way to prevent the spread of fake news is to deny it with another version of the situation. « The case of false information relayed around the alleged death of the Head of State, Félix Tshisekedi was swept away after the appearance in public of the Head of State and his return to Kinshasa », he said.
He also said that the organization of political mornings is also an opportunity for party authorities to deny false information posted on social networks. Augustin Kabuya also told his hosts of his indignation at false information circulating on social networks that seek to discredit him. « While I was holding a plastic bag containing anti-covid masks and a packet of gloves that the Head of State’s doctor had given me, several people in bad faith made publications claiming that I had received from the money of the President of the Republic », was indignant Augustin Kabuya The secretary general of the UDPS was at this audience, assisted by a member of the party’s Permanent Electoral Commission and adviser to the President of the Republic, Me Crispin Mukendi, the Deputy National Secretary in charge of legal and human rights issues, Me Evariste Kalala, the Deputy National Secretary in charge of mobilization, Clément Baruti Limbaya, the national rapporteur secretary Nixon Leya, his director of the cabinet, Dr Serge Kuvu as well as the head of his communication unit, Hervé Mulumba. ACP/