Violent Protests Erupt After Congo Polls

Violent Protests Erupt After Congo Polls

KINSHASA (DR Congo),:Violent protests have erupted in the DR Congo’s capital after incumbent Joseph Kabila was named the election winner and his two main rivals rejected the result.

Gunshots rang out in Kinshasa’s eastern neighbourhood of Limete, where rival Etienne Tshisekedi, who has rejected the result and declared himself President, has his party headquarters.

Third-placed candidate Mr Vital Kamerhe also rejected the result and recognised Tshisekedi as President. There was also shooting in the central neighbourhood of Bandale, where protesters set tyres on fire and threw stones at a heavy contingent of armed police who fired tear gas to disperse them.

And there also reports of looting and at least one person was shot and wounded near Bandale.

While the unrest was limited to specific areas, calls poured in from the international community for restraint in the restive central African country. Tshisekedi himself called for calm late yesterday.

According to provisional results finally released yesterday by the election commission after a marathon 11-day wait, Kabila, who has been in power since 2001, secured 49 per cent of the vote. Tshisekedi, they said, had won just 32.3 per cent. But Tshisekedi dismissed the figures and declared himself president. “I consider this (result) declaration an outright provocation to our people and I reject it in full,” he said. “As a result, I consider myself from this day on as the elected president,” he said.

“I call on the international community, which has relentlessly encouraged me to guarantee a peaceful process, to not only find a solution to this problem but take all possible measures so that the blood of the Congolese people is not spilled again.” Agencies.

25 Responses to "Violent Protests Erupt After Congo Polls"

  1. Alangizi   December 11, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Wat do u expect wen rupiah waz invitd as some nonsense obsever fraud lik he trid here.tshekedi b careful u wl b bruizd

  2. Honest chanda   December 11, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    To bad to our friends,nw we are going to hav lot of congolise in zambia

  3. alfared   December 11, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    ba smuggler imwe please copy from us your neighbors. cant you see how smart we do things here in zambie. bana ba congo whats wrong with you?

  4. dora   December 11, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    I beg ba congo ikaleni kumwenu,we got no beanz 2 feed u.z it difficult for u 2 do thingz in a peaceful way?grow up!and how do invite Bwezani a reject frm hz country?

  5. Champi   December 11, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    God bless Zambia. God bless our leaders eapecially Ba KK, and Ba RB. These are the presidents that have tasted defeat and yet they gave in. Thank you to the opposition leaders esp. PF for having accepted defeat even when it was event that MMD used to cheat. All in all thank you to ALL ZAMBIANS!

  6. Zebige   December 11, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Don`t fight imwe bafikala ba kasai.

  7. Bandito   December 11, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Champi walasa!

  8. kabiala unga   December 11, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    i’m praying to the people of congo ( dr ) please to unite and come up with concrete solution. Than destroying infrastructures.

  9. Gaddafi   December 11, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Tshisekedi must jus give in…it means the time aint right for him. He should consult from SATA, when time is right even rigging fails to work.

    Congolese citizens must crave for peace themselves…unless they’re foolish enough to die for their selfish leaders.

  10. chakaka   December 11, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Let congo be divided into two countries.

  11. Real African   December 11, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Champi you are very right. Let’s praise ourselves for being the only true Democracy with Ghana in Africa. Most so called democracies like South Africa, and Botswana are de facto one party states which have never been tested by strong opposition. People don’t go looking for heroes in Europe America elsewhere. We are pacesetters We are heroes!

  12. Blaise   December 11, 2011 at 2:13 pm


  13. kabiala unga   December 11, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    chakaka vamene wakamba ni point !!reason why i’m saying this , is look dat country got natural resources ,minerials but y sibanga cigabanise pakati monga ku sudan winangu ali uku wina uku.

  14. Bravo   December 11, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Sense!!! Champi and Real African. True. Let our Congolese brothers and sisters rest. Its only last year when they were repatriated from Northern Zambia Refugee camps. Kanshi mulefwaya bale butauka fye kwati tabakwate calo? Congo DR Leaders, behave pse. Learn from our Zambian wisemen. Or is it because we are in your eastern direction where wisemen of the Bible came? But since we are neighbour we can give you wisdom free of charge. Ask, and it shall be given. But don’t knock, because it shall not opened. we want our friends to stay safe in their own land. Its too much for them to continue eating donated ration

  15. paulo siliya   December 11, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    @ba champion. one love.

  16. Air mukwai   December 11, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    peace prevailed in sudan after dividing the country into two parts. the same thing should be done in congo. towns like kolwenzi, kipushi, demase, liambo, mindodasi, ekongo, kimasu and others should be part of katanga (lualaba) province and have the country divided into western and eastern. guess that will not come to zambia as barotse land, bantustan..

  17. mature   December 11, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    am reliably informed that kabila is not congolese but from burundi. he was adopted by the late kabila. congolese have come to know about this and want him out. rigging at play jere.

  18. jozmac   December 11, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    These issues are sensitive and don’t just end without an unwanted candidate
    (In this case kabila)does not accept to share that country. That’s bloodshed in congo again, too bad for our brothers there. I wonder what) went to observe in congo. Did he go there to pump fraudulent election ligging in kabila,s brains?

  19. it pains   December 11, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    f..k the international shit,f..k sadc,f..k african leaders,F..K THE AFRICAN UNION.f..k,the human rights,f..k,the U.N.
    the conflict in congo affect the economy of southern africa,congolise are every where trying to survive.
    abasuko are not there to help us but to bribe us.

  20. Ernest Sichalwe   December 11, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Too bad 4 Congores,The Zambian Police force must increase security in Chililabombwe.We have a problem already in Chililabombwe.The congores are arleady in our small town.Too many attacks after 22:oo hrs.

  21. nshilimubemba   December 11, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    congolese people need to respect their people and care for them than a leader who aims at his selfishness

  22. E.P   December 11, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Champi dats brilliant.
    But I have a query; is wealthy associated with curses here in Africa? Congo has more than enough for everyone but yet pipo still kill to get rich. Whats wrong with Africa? Has God got a better time for us in the next life than this.For as long as i have known Africa there has neva been peace. WHY US? No wonder our African map is like a question mark when Madagasca is pushed below to cape town.????????????????????

  23. Souljaboy   December 12, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Ignorant ernest,it ain’t the duty of police to man border security,this should ring a bell to most zambians who take for granted the people that maintain peace that without there presence, you would be all over just like the congolese.

  24. bobby   December 12, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    champi thats yery nice and proud to be zambian!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. realtalkrach   December 15, 2011 at 9:21 am

    The reason Congo is in this situation is not because of its people but mainly because of the USA and other western countries. Because Congo is the richest country on the planet and is by far the only country that manufactures coltan a mineral used to create cell phones laptops HD TVs etc. All these powerful countries like USA want to have kabila in power because technically he ain’t even from Congo he is Rwandan so he dosen’t care about the Congolese people and developing the country. They want to use kabila so they can have complete access to all the natural resources of the congo. Its clear that no Congolese wants kabila so why Is he president now???