The Democratic Republic of Congo President, Joseph Kabila, has missed Thursday’s High Level consultation meeting of Heads of State and Government on the political situation in the country.
Selected African leaders are in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia discussing the post Presidential elections’ disagreements in DRC.
Speaking at the function, Rwandan President Paul Kagame who is also head of African Union, said, “In arranging for this meeting, I also contacted the President of DRC, President Joseph Kabila, in fact I extended the invitation to him as well.:
Kabila, according to Kagame, said he could not make it.
“He (Kabila) told me he had wished to participate but because of that exact situation he may not be able to travel,” said Kagame.
The Rwandan leader further said Kabila “promised me to send a delegation to participate in this discussion and maybe also give us a picture of what the situation is and what maybe they would be expecting us to do in support of what they are trying to achieve.”
While the electoral commission declared Felix Tshisekedi as president-elect, opposition candidate Martin Fayulu’s believes the outcome was rigged in favour of the former.
Fayulu has since petitioned the country’s Constitutional Court, seeking a manual recount of the votes.
Fayulu’s claims are backed by DRC’s influential Catholic Church and western diplomats.
The African Union has been pushing for a vote recount and possible government of national unity.
Kagame said DRC is “expecting that neighbours and other countries on our continent will express solidarity with them and work with them towards resolution of the problem faced.”
He further said during consultations, it became clear that “if we met as we are here, we could probably find some common way of understanding what this problem is. That would give us the possibility of being useful and supportive of the resolution to the challenges faced in that country, DRC.”
He also warned against the possibility of foreigners taking advantage of the situation in DRC for their own advantage.
“When we have not come together like this to find solutions to our problems, our continent’s problems, it’s one way of inviting outsiders, people outside of our continent, to meddle and be the ones to get busy with us trying to find solutions for us. One way of preventing it, I thought, was also to have this meeting,” he cautioned.
DRC’s Constitutional Court on Tuesday begun hearing Fayulu’s appeal with a verdict expected by Saturday, January 19 ahead of the presidential inauguration scheduled for January 22.