DRC Orders Kinshasa Schools to Re-open
Government in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has ordered schools in Kinshasa to reopen days after violent riots hit the capital.
Last week, Kinshasa was the centre of anti-government protests with activists accusing President Joseph Kabila of delaying to hold elections so as to extend his stay in power.
The week long protests claimed a total of 50 people according to the DRC government although the number has been disputed by the opposition and Civil society.
And now Maker Mwangu, the Congolese Minister in charge of Secondary and Primary education, says that it is high time the schools reopened and embarked on normal business.
He says that loss of time in the education calendar will hurt the children and asked parents to send their children to school.
Mwangu says that arrangements have been put in place to secure the students while on their way to school.
Mwangu says that every day counts and they cannot afford to lose more days. He adds that the ministry will make changes on the education calendar to ensure that the lost time is recovered.
But Crispin Kobolongo, the president of Action Against Vulnerable People (CPSA) in Kinshasa says that the order by the minister is not timely.
Kobolongo says that the minister should have instead engaged the ministries of Defence and that of Internal Affairs to demilitarise the streets of Kinshasa.
He says that the presence of heavy military deployment traumatises children and that even if they go back to school, they will not concentrate.
What started as a peaceful protest later turned violent on the 19th and 20 of September.
Some of the schools lost infrastructure and other vital installations after police and army started cracking down on the protesters who are calling for an end to President Joseph Kabila's 15-year reign.
Kabila has led the DRC since January 2001 when he succeeded his father, Laurent Desire Kabila, who was assassinated by one of his body guards.