Grand farewell to Etienne Tshisekedi

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It is this Friday, May 31, that the mortal remains of Limete’s sphinx, Etienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba will be exhibited at the Martyrs of Pentecost stadium for popular tributes.

Thousands of activists and supporters of the former president of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) are slowly beginning to fill the stage of the Martyrs. Reinforced security device. They are forced to go through at least 4 police and Republican Guard checkpoints to gain access to the stadium.

Beside this device, a hundred policemen deployed in every corner of the stadium.

For the moment, the implementation is almost complete. The podium is mounted, the sound system installed and the decoration almost complete. 
Died on February 1 in Brussels, the remains of the historical opponent was repatriated to the land of his ancestors on Thursday, May 30 two years after giving up the ghost.

Christian and secular music artists will complement the three days of the wake of former Prime Minister Etienne Tshisekedi. According to the funeral organizing committee, several artists responded favorably to the invitation to honor the memory of the illustrious disappeared. Among them, Mbilia Bel, Manda Chante, Reddy Amisi, Felix Wazekwa, Werrason, JB Mpiana … 

According to sources close to these musicians, these artists had already started rehearsals behind closed doors to offer the audience shows worthy of the notoriety of the late president of the UDPS. Only, nothing indicates that these great figures of Congolese music will occur together.


Still, a handful of artists, with the help of the organizing committee of the funeral of Etienne Tshisekedi, produced a spot on the spot at the stadium of the Martyrs, inviting the Congolese to make the trip to honor the memory of the ” father of democracy “. 
In this register, gospel music will also be part of it. The night from Thursday 30 to Friday 31 May will be dedicated to the choir concert “Chœur la grâce”. This show will precede the official tributes scheduled for Saturday with the presence of several heads of state expected in the Congolese capital.

he Protestant Church on Thursday (May 30th) hailed the struggle of the historic Congolese Opponent, Étienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba, whose body was received in Kinshasa in the evening, two years after the death of the sphinx of Limete.

“The Church of Christ in Congo and its President salute the memory and the struggle for the rule of law of this illustrious disappeared,” writes the Church in a statement signed by Pastor Maurice Mondengo, deputy director of cabinet in charge of communication , press and public relations of the Church of Christ in Congo, (ECC).

Return on some tributes in memory of the sphinx of Limete.

“Let’s remember his fight for democracy” says Jean-Pierre Bemba

“The final act of the funeral of the late Étienne Tshisekedi will (finally) come to an end. I remember the moral support he gave me by coming to see me twice in The Hague. Let’s remember his fight for democracy. May his body rest in peace on the land of our forefathers” – Jean Pierre Bemba

“Proud to have been with him since 1990, I salute his fight for justice and democracy in the DRC” said Martin Fayulu.

As President Etienne Tshisekedi makes his final journey to the RDC to finally find the eternal rest, our prayers accompany him.

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