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A unique candidate, the hope for change in the democratic republic of congo

At the end of three-day negotiations meeting in Geneva under the auspices of Koffi Annan Foundation, on Sunday, November 11th seven leaders of the Congolese opposition have decided to appoint Martin FAYULU as the sole candidate for the elections on 23 December. The dynamics of the opposition united to guarantee a massive vote and an alternative accession to power.

Such designation is the first in the history of politics in the Republic of Congo. Never before had the candidates gone to the united urns. ”Unity is strength”, this is what Congolese opponents, who are still in the race or disqualified, have understood. It is now against Emmanuel Ramazani SHADARY of the presidential majority that the match will be played for the race for the post of president.


Initially, the idea did not seem to please everyone, but the thirst for change was right on them. For months debates between Félix TSHISEKEDI, Vital KAMERHE, Martin FAYULU, Freddy MATUNGULU, Jean Pierre BEMBA, Moïse KATUMBI and Adolphe MUZITO have lasted to find a headliner to face the candidate of the Common Front for the Congo (FCC – Front Commun pour le Congo). Debates, which finally paid off in Switzerland last week.

It required the seven candidates to put aside their egos and think about the future of the people, that is to say, to agree on the “All for One”. Several conditions were imposed to become eligible candidate of the opposition. The choice finally fell on Martin FAYULU, a candidate almost “neutral” qualified by his brothers of arms as “extremist” because he had never been part of the KABILA government and would have no suspicious records.


Martin FAYULU, about sixty years old, is a solid candidate, with a strong character, able to bring together people, very close to the citizen. Far from being a prime contractor, he knows how to give everything for the cause remaing at the same pace as the citizens.

Also optimistic and brave, FAYULU does not give up easily. He was arrested twice by authorities in power, later released, for organizing and participating in protests shouting.

He would be hoping for reunification and alternation in the DRC because he knows what Congolese need – sustainable peace and security, but also everyday life of the Congolese first and foremost. His coming to power will be a transition phase between the Kabila government (18 years in power) and the governments to come.

Although united, opposition leaders will not win elections without voters; hence the need for the people to do like the leaders of their different parties do: put aside tribalism, abandon all ethnic hatred and vote for this single candidate to gain power.


The Seven Leaders of the “LAMUKA” alliance, which means “wake up,” a coalition formed during Geneva meeting, are skeptical of voting with aid of voting machine. They maintain that this machine would be to the advantage of Kabila’s protégé, who has since started with his presidential campaign, and would prefer old-fashioned elections.

This machine, which from an objective point of view, is a technological innovation to proceed as it is done across the West. Corneille NANGAA, Director of CENI, intends to make the elections with this machine easily accessible to voter.

For this purpose, it is recommended that he keeps the machine in good and proper condition during the elections. If, as we say, the effort makes one strong, the leaders will have to agree with the people, explain their vision and go massively to vote to circumvent this gray area for the sake of the nation.

AFRIC Editorial Article.

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