DRC police stop opposition swearing-in ceremony

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Electoral Campaign in the DRC

Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo dispersed supporters of opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi on Friday to stop a banned "swearing-in" ceremony, according to the UN backed Radio Okapi.

Etienne Tshisekedi lost to President Joseph Kabila during the 28 November presidential elections, but immediately contested the elections, alleging fraud.

Kabila was inaugurated by the Supreme Court on 20 December.

Okapi says that "sporadic gunfire" could be heard in the capital Kinshasa as well as around the Kinshasa Martyr Stadium.

Berry Franklin Lutshaka is a reporter with Radio Okapi.

"We are in the city centre Babel where police are trying to disperse the supporters using tear gas. There are reports of numerous arrests. Panic has hit the surrounding communes like Kasa-vubu, Kinshasa and Lingwalla. Police have also surrounded the headquarters of the opposition party, UDPS. Most of the roads have been blocked by police as well as soldiers of the Republic Guard who are heavily armed with kalashinkovs and rocket-propelled grenades."

Last month, Kabila won with 49 percent of the votes and Tshisekedi came in second with 32 percent of votes.

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