The DRC has just concluded some sort of elections in which Joseph Kabila was declared the winner with 48.95% to 32.33% for main opposition leader, Etiene Tshisekedi.
But, Tshisekedi would not have none of it. He cried foul, and declared himself president. Such foolish and brazen bravado. Only in Africa.
Kabila himself admitted there had been mistakes in the election process but rejected concerns that the results lacked credibility. No, the mistake in the first place was when in a frenzy of emotion Kabila was chosen to succeed his assassinated father in 2001. The DRC has been rudderless since.
The US-based Carter Center, which sent observers to the election, said the vote was too flawed to be credible. The US called for review, while the EU said the election process was “chaotic.”
Here is my point : Tshisekedi’s declaration was unstatesmanly and uncalled for. Such fighting words from an elder statesman can inflame the public and lead to a civil war. Just what the DRC needs.
And this time around, they cannot blame their mismanagement and corroded politics on Rwanda. No!
It was not too long ago that we witnessed a similar scenario in the Ivory Coast with Laurent Bagbo refusing to conceed defeat? Where is he now?
Unless Africa learns from its mistakes it is bound to remain the the laughing stock of the world, politically.