DR Congo elections: Confusion as Tshisekedi, Kamerhe withdraw from the opposition coalition.

The DR Congo elections are reaching the culminating point and hitting the rock-like situation where the key opposition figures are withdrawing their agreement signed in Geneva to send one unique opposition candidate in the December elections.

THE BIG PICTURE: The key opposition figures had agreed last Sunday to nominate one of the opposition, Martin Fayulu to represent the whole opposition in the December elections.

But in less than 24 hours after the signature in Geneva, the key opposition figures began to withdraw their signatures which left Fayulu’s camp in dismay.

Felix Tshisekedi withdraws his signature.

24 hours after the signature of the Geneva agreement designating Martin Fayulu as the joint candidate of the opposition in the presidential election, the president of the UDPS, Felix Tshisekedi just withdrew his signature.

Felix Tshisekedi made this announcement on Monday, November 12, 2018, in an interview with Top Congo FM in the evening.

Tshisekedi pressured by the followers of the late Etienne Tshisekedi.

The leader of the UDPS said to have respected the will of his base. The local magazine reports that the UPDS members contributed to Felix Tshisekedi’s withdrawal. Members of the UPDS likely didn’t approve of the Geneva agreement and pressured their boss Tshisekedi to withdraw by holding a major rally at the UPDS headquarters.

The loyal followers of the late Étienne Tshisekedi(father of Felix Tshisekedi) party invaded their party headquarters in Limete where they burned tires to protest against Fayulu’s appointment to the detriment of the UDPS president.

Vital Kamerhe follows suit and withdraws his signature.

Another opposition figure, Vital Kamerhe the President of UNC, followed suit and withdrew his signature of the agreement designating Fayulu as the unique opposition candidate. Like Tshisekedi, it appears that Vital Kamerhe has been pressured by his followers.

In posing this act, Vital Kamerhe claims to have respected his base. Kamerhe said: “The political leadership is enjoining me to temper in the direction of the demand of the base. I would not here comment on this decision because it is above my person in our statutes. I announce that I withdraw my signature to respect the will of my base. Without this foundation, I will myself exclude from the party, “said the president of the UNC.

With the withdrawal of Felix Tshisekedi and Vital Kamerhe, the Geneva agreement designating Martin Fayulu as the joint candidate of the opposition becomes an empty shell according to some analysts.

Martin Fayulu’s reactions.

Following the withdrawal of ‘his brothers’ from the Geneva agreement, Martin Fayulu felt disappointed and he is appealing for ‘his brothers to come to sense’ and accept his nomination as the unique opposition candidate in the December elections.

Fayulu told Tshisekedi and Kamerhe: “I ask my two brothers to come to their senses, not to deny their signature is very serious. To deny a signature affixed in soul and conscience is to tell the whole world not to recognize me, not to have dealings with me, because if tomorrow I have dealings with you, I am able to say no, to deny my signature, this is extremely grave as losing credibility“.

Despite this disappointment from his brothers, Martin Fayulu still has a hope of the majority behind him. He confirmed that the remaining key opposition figures are still loyal to him such as Jean Pierre Bemba and Moise Katumbi.

 

 

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