Congolese opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi was not urging violence when he called on supporters to “terrorise” the country’s security forces ahead of elections and free activists from jail, his party said Monday .
“The statements by (party) president Tshisekedi are far from being a call to violence. We are a non-violent organisation…. It is a cry of alarm and frustration,” Jacquemin Shabani, secretary-general of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS), told journalists.
Tshisekedi is the UDPS candidate in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s November 28 presidential election, one of 11 contenders for head of state in the vast mineral-rich African nation. On Friday his supporters clashed with ruling party faithful in the eastern province of Katanga where President Joseph Kabila was on a campaign tour, leaving six wounded.