Kabila declared winner of DRC election

2011-12-09 17:15

Kinshasa - Provisional results published by DR Congo's election commission on Friday handed victory to President Joseph Kabila who won another term with 49% of the 18.14 million votes cast.

Longtime opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi trailed with 32% of the vote, according to the final tallies released by election commission chief Daniel Ngoy Mulunda.

Tshisekedi's supporters vowed to take to the streets if Kabila was declared the winner.

But Mulunda warned before reading the final results: "The candidates must understand that in every election there is a winner and there is one or several losers."

In the tightly controlled pro-Kabila downtown neighbourhood in Kinshasa near the election commission, people hung out of balconies cheering after the results were released. A woman danced in the street.

Police in riot gear in trucks stood at attention.

Although international observers said the vote was flawed, they have stopped short of calling it fraudulent. Most say irregularities were not widespread enough to have caused a change in outcome.

However, the perception among opposition supporters is that Tshisekedi won, setting the stage for a confrontation.

Some residents have left the country, fearing violence.

Election violence has already left at least 18 dead and more than 100 wounded, with most of the deaths caused by troops loyal to Kabila, according to a report by Human Rights Watch.

This was the country's second democratic election.

Congo's enormous geography has proved challenging both for the electoral commission organising the vote as well as for the country's government. Its vast rain forests in the east still harbour vicious rebel armies, including remnants of the Interhamwe, the militia responsible for Rwanda's 1994 genocide.

Results must now be approved by the Supreme Court.

  • colin.dovey - 2011-12-09 17:59

    What else is different.......the DRC has got such fantastic potential.......minerals, educated people, beautiful country......ALL destroyed by politics and greed. THAT is why you can see these unfortunate people doing menial jobs in Car Guards....and they hold good qualifications. Our neighbours are form the DRC, and their son got 7 distinctions in Matric last year, and he got a bursary to study Electrical Engineering at Wits. The daughter is heading down the same route of excellence. Most politicians are a blight on their people - especially the inept ones we have got here, who do not seem to worry about the people and their education. They are building up for a BIG problem as every year goes by without anything really changing!

      lieviny - 2011-12-09 21:11

      Thanks Xavier7034,An honest,non-racist and true to his status white South African! Unlike other South Africans I've so far read their racist,xenophobic and childish comments on this website;you dare to speak truth in its truthfulness... Most South Africans look down to these Congolese,they don't know that most of them are highly educated,but without job;they try to honestly survive by doing odd jobs...Thanks also for the true analysis of DRC political situations...

  • mundu.olewega - 2011-12-09 18:21

    More of the same. When will Africa learn...if the politicians don't perform, vote them out! If they cheat...shoot them.

      colin.dovey - 2011-12-09 18:43

      My wife went to the same High School (Nakuru High) as you @Mundu! - matriculated in 1955 though - a few years before you :-) - she speaks fondly of the school, where she was awarded Victrix Laudorum...

      mundu.olewega - 2011-12-09 18:52

      I didn't really go to school there, but I was born there.

      colin.dovey - 2011-12-09 19:12

      Just trying to connect - we all have more in common in this country than we realise!

  • Erich - 2011-12-09 18:40

    I can only hope that there were no South Africans amongst the international observers. Our 'observers' were guilty of not revealing the truth in the Zim election a few years ago and if they don't have the conviction to call the DRC election a farce, it will reflect badly on their integrity. In the DRC election violence caused the deaths of many. Kabila is no better than his father and does an injustice to the word 'democratic'.

  • s4turnz - 2011-12-09 19:29

    Living in the CT CBD I was actually threatened and other residents felt scared to actually leave the building and walk in and around Church Square on Parliament street. I actually have pics of them attacking a guy in a van and they actually had a confrontation right infront of my building. The police promised to stay but as soon as they promised they left again. These people are outside in Church square well into the early morning making a noise and causing a disturbance with no authorities intervening.

  • nicn44 - 2011-12-09 19:40

    African democracy,Kabila's father took up his position through a coup, and now the presidency is haned to his son, they will be voting for Kabilla III & IV soon

  • Paris - 2011-12-10 01:35

    Kabila is no more president.Tshisekedi is the president.Be ready to witness an earthquake that will bury him.

  • Lulama - 2011-12-10 10:56

    war against the gov or kabila will not solve any problem, we need good administration in congo that is the message all these opposition have tell they member let all the institution be free to do the job without any influence from the party in power.because even etiene T. longue all the department are not free is going to be insult we need clarity.

  • Norah - 2011-12-10 14:51

    @Paris, if the opposition in DRC had fielded a single candidate instead of the 10, DRC might well have had a new president today! Instead, egos and self-aggrandisement came into play and split the vote ten-ways! With Kabila at 49%, Tshisekedi at 32%, the remaining 19% opposition vote would have given the edge to a single opposition candidate! So you really have no-one but your selfish egos to blame! Furthermore, while international observers agree that there were irregularities here and there, they say it was not widespread enough to nullify the polls. So get over it, let's move on and develop this beautiful country so southern Africa can become a continental powerhouse that other regions will emulate! And gosh, are you Congolese people tired of war??? Peace!

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