In the Democratic Republic of Congo's fast-evolving political, the Union for the Congolese Nation (Union pour la nation congolaise, UNC) has claimed it overcame an internal divisions' crisis with the participation of two of its heavyweight leaders in a historic meeting in Brussels last month.
Opposition leaders gathered in Genval on the outskirts of Brussels on 9 June in an unprecedented attempt to agree on a strategy to oust President Joseph Kabila. As the political crisis in the country continues to deepen, the so-called 'Conclave' was launched by Etienne Tshisekedi, leader of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS).
While the UNC and its leader Vital Kamerhe boycotted the Conclave, two party heavyweights, Jean-Bertrand Ewanga and Claudel Lubaya, participated in the talks which resulted in a new platform known as 'Rassemblement', or 'Rally'. Ewanga and Lubaya said they had been invited in a personal capacity.
Following Genval, an UNC executive said that the party was considering imposing sanctions as the party leadership crisis deepened, but on Tuesday (5 July), its officials published a video in which the three leaders appear together after leaving a meeting.
Published on Youtube, the video shows deputies Ewanga and Lubaya speaking to the camera while Kamerhe remains silent. Ewanga, a General Secretary, appears keen to assert the unity of the UNC, describing it as a "strong party that still has ambitions to manage this country. We have our joker, Kamerhe."
"We talked for two hours with the president, (these were) very pleasant moments of exchange," Ewanga tells the camera. "The UNC, our president, we support all the resulutions (taken) in Genval. It is true that within the political dynamic, the UNC expressed reservations, but reasoning continues."
Kamerhe, who finished third in the DRC's flawed presidential elections in 2011, is rumoured as the planned broker for any alliances which will seek to make impact.