DR Congo Supreme Court rules Incumbent Joseph Kabila the winner

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By Josephine Lukoya, Jean Luc Ndaruhutse, John Mwesigye

President Joseph Kabila-photo Radio Okapi

Kinshasa, DRC-The Supreme Court President, Jerome Kitoko has declared incumbent President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo as the winner of 2011 Presidential election.

In its ruling released Friday, Dec. 16, Joseph Kabila was officially re-elected by a simple majority for a term of five years with 8,880,944 votes, or 48.95%. It is followed by Tshisekedi wa Mulumba credited with 5,864,775 votes or 32.33%.

This announcement comes at the end of the first hearing on electoral disputes concerning the request of the Union for the Congolese nation (UNC), challenging the election of President-elect Joseph Kabila.

After reviewing all the means of the applicant, the Court received the appeal in terms of form, but rejects it in its bottom.

According to the judges, the violation of election law by Ceni denounced by the UNC is not likely to overturn the presidential election of November 28.

The secretary general of the Presidential Majority, Minaku Aubin, said he was pleased with the announcement of final results of the presidential election saying that “the process has come a long way Republican and today we have a president elected”.

For its part, denounces Vital Kamerhe a travesty of justice and “a play that was staged by a bad director.”

The president of the UNC refers to the absence of breach Joseph Kabila at the hearing on Friday, December 16.

“Yesterday when we were summoned to the court, Mr. Joseph Kabila and I was a ruling from the bench. And we were required to physically be there the two of us in person. I introduced myself and he never showed up, “Vital Kamerhe said.

He adds that Joseph Kabila was presented during the hearing as a candidate for the People’s Party for Reconstruction and Democracy (PPRD), while “You know better than I that he ran as an independent candidate.”

Vital Kamerhe said, moreover, He challenges not only the results of Joseph Kabila as well as his explanation that this is not what it should be “especially not in the Eastern DRC” before concluding.

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  1. timo

    December 22, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Kabila deserves more time to shape DR.Congo but Tshisekedi can act as a political control by his experience in the arena. Having two president can only hold everything to a stand still.

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