The Southern African Regional body has called for a unity government in the Democratic Republic of Congo. SADEC, which includes old Kabila allies Angola and South Africa, recommended a government of national unity including parties representing Kabila, Fayulu and Tshisekedi that could promote peace. The body on Sunday also called for a recount of the votes following complains of rigging, citing that the recount would provide the necessary reassurance of both winners and losers.
Since the proclamation of the result, Martin Fayulu has claimed that he is the rightful winner in the presidential polls, accusing Oposition leader Felix Tshisekedi for striking a deal with Joseph Kabila to be declared winner. A claim which Kabila and Tshisekedi have both denied.
The Catholic Church in Congo on its part has also casted doubts on the tallies saying, they don’t match what their 40.000 observers gathered in the field.
The recent developments in the country has marred the hopes of a long awaited historical, and uncontested transfer of power, since the country gained its independence in 1960. The country has since then been cut up in a high level of continuing conflict, corruption , diseases and poverty. The outcome if peaceful would also bring to a final end to the chaotic rule of president Joseph Kabila who has been in power for 18 years after taking over from his father.
Sadec hopes to use a similar approach to that which has been used in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya. The approach was successful in maintaining stability for durable peace.
Based on the event unfolding in the DRC, critic have doubted the application of this approach, considering that the unity in Congo at the moment appears slim, following a formal complaint filed on Saturday by Fayulu who is backed by a harsh political rival of Kabila.