JOHANNESBURG – The Southern African Development Community proposed on Sunday a national unity government in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the wake of disputed results of a recent presidential election.
SADC urged, in a statement, that the DR Congo follow in the footsteps of fellow African countries such as South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya, where a national unity government proved to be a successful solution.
“SADC, therefore, encourages all parties to enter into a political process towards a government of national unity in order to enhance public confidence, build bridges and reinforce democratic institutions of government and electoral process for a better Congo,” the African bloc said in a statement.
The statement came a day after an opposition candidate, Martin Fayulu, challenged the provisional results of the electoral committee that had proclaimed winner another opposition candidate, Felix Tshisekedi.
Fayulu, who was the favorite to win the polling, held on Dec. 30, claimed he had got 61 percent of votes, much more than 38.57 percent he got according to the Congolese electoral committee’s figures.
These figures have been also questioned by the National Episcopal Conference of Congo, which claimed that results compiled by over 40,000 observers did not match the official numbers.
SADC is a Botswana-based bloc comprised of 16 countries, including Angola, South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, among others and aims to boost inter-economic and security cooperation.