With runner-up Martin Fayulu challenging the result, and the powerful Catholic church and the French also casting doubt on his victory, Tshisekedi is unlikely to have an easy road to power.
There hasn’t been a peaceful transition of power in DRC since the end of Belgian colonial rule – one of the most brutal – in 1960. Violent protests followed rigged elections in 2006 and 2011.
So far there have been 458 cases, including 271 deaths, in two DRC’s provinces. This could get much worse. In Liberia’s case, over two years, 4,810 people lost their lives to ebola.
Burundi is far from alone. Rwanda, Togo, Gabon, Uganda, Chad, Cameroon, Djibouti, Republic of Congo, Sudan, Eritrea, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have all fiddled with term limits
“When I returned back home in the morning I thought I would find my husband and son…They were no more. They had been killed the same night I was terribly raped”