A governmental organized dialogue conference in preparation for the forthcoming local and legislative election in the country was boycotted by the Congolese opposition.
A coalition of parties thus called off the meeting which had started on Thursday in Owando as they perceived the boycott as a political stunt to divert attention from various crises that the country is hampered with.
Mr. Jean Itadi, The leader of the dialogue team and president of the African Congress for Progress said: “we must not think about what Owando should be between. Rather, we need a real dialogue that brings together all the sons and daughters of The Congo”
The current sitting president who has been in power for over 38 years, H.E Denis Sassou under the party of Congo Labour Party had won the previous election controversially that was held in March 2021 and there were lots of agitation which had transcended to various conflict against his re-election in the country.
In order to avoid further conflicts, the government organized a dialogue session in other to reach a concrete consensus ahead of the legislative vote to be held in five months which the ruling party would want to triumph and preserve their supremacy in the country.
Unfortunately, the opposition party failed to show up for the dialogue as planned and demanded that the dialogue should be a structured dialogue which power-sharing, constitutional reforms, and the release of political prisoners that were captured for political reasons.
Among these political prisoners is General Jean Marie Michel Moko the former commander who was against and challenged the current president’s strategy in 2016. He was charged with treason and convicted for such action