DRC: Foreign affairs Minister denies AU support to recount results

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By Josephine Lukoya

Alexis Tambwe Mwamba

There has not been any position taken by heads of state for the recount of the election of November 28, 2011 in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC),” said Foreign Minister Alexis Mwamba Thambwe on Wednesday 1st February on Radio Okapi. He has denied the words of Vital Kamerhe, who had led a delegation of the Congolese opposition at the last Summit of the African Union (AU).

Alexis Thambwe acknowledged that a group of opponents presented a memorandum from some African leaders in Addis Ababa. “I know that the memo was distributed, but it will return in the archives of African heads of states,” he said.

He added that for his part, he explained to heads of state of the African Union summit, there were some technical problems in the organization of elections but that the classification could in no way be called into question.

Thambwe Mwamba revealed that members of the delegation of the opposition had secretly tried to see President Kabila in Addis Ababa. “He said he was very disappointed that it was just me. That’s you and me but I have evidence, “he said.

The President of the Union for the Congolese nation (UNC), Vital Kamerhe said Tuesday, January 31 that some African leaders “are more than favorable” to the recount of presidential and legislative elections in the DRC.

Some opposition members seeking the recount of the presidential election, challenging the results published December 9, 2011 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (Ceni) and confirmed by the Supreme Court on December 20.

The results of the Ceni crediting Joseph Kabila of 48.95% of the votes against 32.33 for the opponent Etienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba.


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