Museveni silent as Kenyatta, Nkurunziza, Magufuli congratulate Tshisekedi

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Museveni meeting Tshisekedi and his team

‏President Museveni is still tight-lipped while his regional colleagues except Rwanda President Paul Kagame, 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.

“Following the judgement by the High Constitutional Court. I congratulate HE. Felix Tshisekedi on his election as President of the DRC,” Magufuli said on Sunday.

He added: “While congratulating all the Congolese, I beseech you to maintain peace and affirm my commitment to furthering our historic and brotherly ties.”

Nkurunziza‏ said through a fully organised electoral process with no external influence and the wisdom of President Joseph Kabila, it has just defended its dignity and sovereignty.

“Burundi congratulates the President-elect, Felix A. Tshisekedi, as well as the step taken by the Congolese people.”

Kenyatta congratulated President-elect Tshisekedi on his victory in the recent General Elections.

“Your victory is a portrayal of the confidence of the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in your ideals, leadership and vision for the future.”

Kenyatta said he was looking forward to working closely with Tshisekedi to strengthen and deepen the long-standing cordial relations between our two countries and peoples.

Opposition dispute

Congo’s constitutional court Sunday declared Tshisekedi president after disputed elections, outraging opponents who alleged a stitch-up as an African Union delegation prepared to head to the volatile country.

Announcing the final results of the much-delayed poll, the Constitutional Court threw out a legal challenge by runner-up Martin Fayulu.

It declared Tshisekedi the winner, paving the way for him to take over from long-term leader Joseph Kabila.

The chairman of the African Union, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, was due in Kinshasa Monday after it and 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”.

“I ask the entire international community not to recognise a power that has neither legitimacy nor legal standing to represent the Congolese people,” he said of Tshisekedi.

Tshisekedi’s victory was provisionally announced earlier this month by the Independent National Election Commission (CENI) but it was challenged both at home and abroad.

The Constitutional Court, which is made up of Kabila’s allies, said Fayulu’s claims were “unfounded”.

It said he had failed to prove any inaccuracies in the figures, describing his call for a recount as “absurd”.

“Only the CENI has produced authentic and sincere results,” judge Noel Kilomba said.

The court went on to declare Tshisekedi as the “President of the Democratic Republic of Congo by simple majority”.

The Financial Times and other foreign media have reported seeing documents that confirm Fayulu as the winner.

The influential Roman Catholic Church, which says it deployed 40,000 observers to monitor the poll, has also dismissed the official outcome.

The electoral commission had previously scheduled the swearing-in of the next president for tomorrow.

Additional reporting by AFP

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