For the second year in a row, the Congolese will not celebrate this national holiday by performing any rallies or ceremonies because of an exponential rise in COVID-19 infections. Low vaccination rates have left the country vulnerable to the most contagious variants such as the Delta COVID-19 strain.
Commenting on the deficiencies in the management of the pandemic, the mayor of Bandundu city Rabby Ilwani stated that the corruption of the national public institutions has not facilitated the rapid return of social life to normality. For this reason, he appealed to the population to support the values that gave rise to the country's independence.
On this national holiday, several messages from world leaders were also sent to President Felix Tshisekedi. For instance, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI stated that his country and DRC are united by exceptional bonds of fraternity and solidarity which continue to strengthen for the greater good of our two peoples.
Patrice Lumumba helped free the [DR] Congo from colonial rule this day June 30, 1960 — not long after he was tortured and killed in a conspiracy by imperialists and their local quislings. pic.twitter.com/ruyz0tnK5h