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.
In Africa many times it is not the voters who decide the winner, but those who count and announce the results. Expect the fight to control the internet, which can define who the victor is, to be even more furious in future
Hichilema called the results “a coup on democracy”
People like the admirable Tanzanian president Julius Nyerere were right to claim that old Africa had a democratic system of appointing leaders. However, what they didn’t have was a democratic system of removing them.