Defeated Congo Presidential Election Candidate Vows To Go To Court


Martin Fayulu, the first runner-up in the recently concluded Presidential election in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has vowed to challenge the result in court.

Fayulu, a member of an opposition party, said the people deserve to know the truth of the election, which he said had led to a “coup”, according to the BBC.

Another opposition candidate, Felix Tshisekedi, who was declared the winner of the election, has been accused of reaching a power-sharing deal with the outgoing president, Joseph Kabila.

“I will do whatever is possible for me to do to get the truth because the Congolese want change,” he said.

But he admitted that such a challenge would have little chance of success, alleging that the court was “composed of Kabila’s people”.

He stated that there could be violence if the electoral commission did not give the true figures “polling station by polling station” and, that it was the right of all Congolese to demonstrate according to the law.

“Felix Tshisekedi has been nominated by Kabila to perpetrate the Kabila regime. Because today, the boss is Kabila. “Kabila cannot stay and make an arrangement with someone who will not have any power…Tshisekedi knows himself that he did not win,” he added.

The election was to choose a successor to Kabila, who has been in office for 18 years.

If the result is confirmed, it would be the first orderly transfer of power since independence from Belgium in 1960.

Several persons have been reportedly killed in the aftermath of the election.

However, United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, has urged all sides “to refrain from violence”, though widespread unrest has not yet been reported.

Tshisekedi has hailed his victory, vowing to be “the president of all DR Congolese”.

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