JOHANNESBURG – The US ambassador to the Congo says that 20 days without Internet in the country are "20 too many days" and that access stopped immediately after the disputed presidential election "needs to be restored now".
Ambassador Mike Hammer is not the only diplomat in the Congo who expresses frustration. British Ambassador John Murton has regularly tweeted the closing reminder, saying that "this poses problems for hospitals, universities, trade".
The Internet service in the Congo has been interrupted since December 31 in a probable attempt to dampen speculation about the election results. The Constitutional Court has already been able to decide on Saturday a challenge to the results presented by the second classified Martin Fayulu.
Zimbabwe has joined the Congo in cutting internet service in recent days, amid a crackdown on protests.