Officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo have lifted a ban on a song that critiqued President Félix Tshisekedi.
The ban that had been seen as dictatorial and widely criticised was announced on Tuesday by the censorship commission and then lifted on Wednesday after the justice minister intervened.
The group behind the music, MPR, also said it had requested the ban be lifted.
Media houses have now been allowed to broadcast the song titled ‘What Didn’t We Do’ that compares what Tshisekedi promised when he was in the opposition with what he has so far achieved as president.
“You promised us happiness after [the late president] Mobutu left. Mobutu went but we didn’t get anything. You said you would fix things if [the former president] Kabila stepped down. Kabila left but it’s still hard,” part of the lyrics read.
Government spokesman Patrick Muyaya tweeted that the ban did not come from the government.
“Any citizen is free to express his opinion, provided it is in line with the law,” he said.