Kabila-Tshisekedi power transfer fete to cost $6m

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By SADC News

Summing up the results of 2019, SADC News looks at how the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has changed with the new president taking over the power in the country “in a democratic and peaceful way.”

Next month, on January 24, the capital Kinshasa will host an event to commemorate the first anniversary of President Felix Tshisekedi’s accession to power after the former president, Joseph Kabila, handed it over on that very day this year.

The government confirmed the celebration would cost $6 million.

The news has angered the opposition leaders and left the public stunned. In a country where most live on less that $2 a day, the decision to spend so much of an $11.5 billion budget of 2020 year on the celebration seems almost unreal.

Olivier Kamitatu, the spokesperson for Moïse Katumbi, also condemned the move, calling it a ‘‘mismanagement of public resources in the face of unending challenges of the country.”

Let’s further have a look at the most important events of 2019 in the political life of the DRC and how they were covered by the respectable major publications and international organisations.

For Tshisekedi and the DRC, the year began with a huge fraud, namely the falsified results of the presidential election.

The Financial Times (FT), an international daily business newspaper, writes in more detail about it with a reference to the primary results from the polling stations.

As per their reports, Martin Fayulu won 59.4% of the vote and was in the lead throughout the voting day in more than a dozen provinces, including Kinshasa.

The abnormal change of the leader by the end of the day, clearly shown by FT on the published charts, indicates the use of the administrative resource by the DRC authorities controlled by Kabila and large-scale falsifications.

This leads to the conclusion that the incumbent power represented by Kabila had realised the hopelessness of its candidate Emanuel Shadari and decided to negotiate with Felix Tshisekedi and Vital Kamerhe, who, at that time, had a falling out with the opposition coalition, which had elected Martin Fayulu as a single candidate.

The latter was the one to win the election, according to all the ratings and polls.

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