Exclusive: Kabila lieutenants met Kagame before court ruling

Swearing in Felix Tshisekedi in DRC [Cartoon by Gado Cartoons]

Outgoing President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Joseph Kabila, sent a high level delegation to meet Rwandan President Paul Kagame who doubles as the Chairman of the African Union prior to the constitution court ruling on Martin Fayulu’s petition, edge.ug reports.

In the wee hours of Sunday morning, the Constitutional Court ruled that Félix Tshisekedi had won the highly contested 30th December presidential vote after dismissing former oil executive Martin Fayulu’s petition.

According to highly placed sources that were briefed about the meeting, the high level delegation comprising of Kabila’s Chief of Staff, Néhémie Mwilanya Wilonja, the head of Congolese intelligence, Kalev Mutonda and head of Diplomacy, Barnabé Kikaya Bin Karubi briefed Kagame about the situation in DRC and requested that the African Union respects the country’s top court, among others.

The trio’s visit came just two days after a high level consultations meeting of Heads of State and Government at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa had then resolved that DRC should delay announcement of the final outcome of the election.

However, Congo reacted by dismissing the resolutions saying that DRC will not take lessons from foreigners including the African Union in managing her after internal affairs.

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“I don’t think there is anyone who has the right to dictate to the court what do, DRC is a sovereign country and able to determine its destiny,” Information Minster Lambert Mende told the press.

Congo’s dismissal of the resolutions was followed up with the trio meeting the AU chairman in Kigali and the announcement of the election winner by the Constitutional court which forced the AU to postpone its urgent trip to Congo.

Kagame, was due in Kinshasa Monday after other international bodies voiced concern over the results.

Fayulu has described the outcome as an “electoral coup”. He has alleged that Tshisekedi promised to protect Kabila’s political and financial interests in return for helping ensure his victory.

Fayulu called on world powers to reject the results, declaring himself “the only legitimate president”.

Ugandan ‏President Museveni is still tight-lipped while his regional colleagues extended their congratulations to Congo president-elect.

Tanzania President Dr John Magufuli‏ and Burundi leader Pierre Nkurunziza were the first to congratulate new Congo President HE. Felix Tshisekedi followed by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.



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