DRC: Fayulu calls for ‘peaceful resistance’ after controversial election loss

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The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC’s) top opposition leader Martin Fayulu has called upon supporters to engage in “peaceful resistance” following his controversial presidential election loss earlier this year.

Falayu lost out to new president Felix Tshisekedi in the DRC’s long-awaited election, which was held in late December 2018. However, the result was highly contested with Fayulu insisting Tshisekedi struck a deal with former president Joseph Kabila in order to secure his election win.

Fayulu calls for ‘peaceful resistance’

With Felix Tshisekedi replacing Joseph Kabila as president, the DRC has secured its first peaceful transition of power in more than 60 years. The landmark election result also means an opposition party will lead the country for the first time in its democratic history.

However, the result was still shrouded in controversy with Martin Fayulu insisting he was the rightful winner with roughly 60 percent of the vote. His claim was reinforced by the country’s influential Catholic church, which stationed 40,000 election monitors, and revealed its own data conflicted with the result announced by the electoral commission.

The commission refused to publicly reveal its own data and Fayulu’s appeal was rejected by the courts.

With few options left open to the opposition leader and Tshisekedi already sworn in as the DRC’s new president, Fayulu is calling upon his supporters to engage in what he calls “a peaceful resistance without provoking anyone”.

He also said he has no issue with Felix Tshisekedi himself but rather the circumstances in which he was appointed “against the will of the people”.

“I have no personal problems with Felix Tshisekedi,” he told supporters. “He’s my brother. So I have no problem with him. It is not so much him, it is those who appointed him, those who want to go against the will of the people.”

“So what I’m saying is, first we need the truth about the ballot boxes,” he added.

Featured image: By MONUSCO Photos – Election Day Kinshasa, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32470462

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.