US places Visa Restrictions on multiple Congolese officials

The United States of America has placed travel ban on some top government officials of the Democratic Republic of Congo over alleged electoral fraud.

The restrictions was announced in a statement released in Washington DC

According to the statement, those sanctioned by the US Government include President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s National Independent Electoral Commission,  Mr Corneille Nangaa; Vice President of CENI, Mr Norbert Basengezi Katintima; Advisor to the President of CENI, Mr Marcellin Mukolo Basengezi; President of the DRC’s National Assembly, Mr Aubin Minaku Ndjalandjoko; and President of DRC’s Constitutional Court, Mr Benoit Lwamba Bindu.

The statement read, “The United States stands with the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo following that country’s historic transfer of power.

“The elections reflect the desire of the people of the DRC for change and accountable government institutions. However, there are legitimate concerns over the conduct and transparency of the electoral process.

“The Secretary of State is publicly designating, due to their involvement in significant corruption relating to the electoral process, the following individuals: Mr Corneille Nangaa, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s National Independent Electoral Commission; Mr Norbert Basengezi Katintima, Vice President of CENI; Mr Marcellin Mukolo Basengezi, Advisor to the President of CENI; Mr Aubin Minaku Ndjalandjoko, President of the DRC’s National Assembly; and Mr Benoit Lwamba Bindu, President of the DRC’s Constitutional Court.

“This public designation is being made under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programmes Appropriations Act of 2019, (Div. F, P.L. 116-6-).

“Section 7031(c) provides that, in cases where the Secretary of State has credible information that officials of foreign governments have been involved in significant corruption or a gross violation of human rights, those individuals and their immediate family members are ineligible for entry into the United States.

“The Secretary of State is also imposing visa restrictions on election officials as well as military and government officials believed to be responsible for, complicit in, or to have engaged in human rights violations or abuses or undermining of the democratic process in the DRC

Read the statement