Which Way Will The DRC Final Election Results Go?

By Pinky Khoabane

IN the week that peace loving people around the world remembered the brutal assassination of Patrice Lumumba by Belgium and the United States, the fate of the Congolese will be decided by Belgium and France who are interfering in the outcome of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC)’ December 2018 elections. Lumumba was the first democratically elected president of the DRC. https://uncensoredopinion.co.za/tribute-to-patrice-lumumba-assassinated-on-17-january-1961/

The announcement of the final results of the (DRC) elections is scheduled to be made shortly although the African Union, at a high level consultation meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has called for the suspension of the announcement. The meeting was chaired by President Paul Kagame of Rwanda.

In the early hours of January 10, the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), declared Felix Tshisekedi as the winner but former oil tycoon and runner-up Martin Fayulu contested the results. He’s joined by France and Belgium, the two colonialists who have and continue to wreak havoc on the African continent. Despite having looted this continent, the West has not stopped and this time it is the cobalt-rich DRC.

In cahoots with Western media, a narrative has been created that Fayulu was the favourite candidate to win based on an opinion poll held shortly before the elections. He had before that had less than 8%.  An opinion poll in October 2018 placed him in third place at 8% and by December, he had leap-frogged to top spot with 44% support in an opinion poll conducted days before the elections.

As we asked earlier in the week on this platform – where did he get the support that catapulted him to 44% within a month? https://uncensoredopinion.co.za/where-did-drcs-runner-up-martin-fayulu-get-his-miraculous-voters/

The answer may lie in a US-based company which Fayulu appointed in the weeks before the elections. The company claims to develop political campaigns that help parties win elections. It uses a combination of tools which are “A secret weapon in politics – that’s what clients say about our technology,” an executive is quoted on their website. “And some would add we are a nasty team. But that’s for you to discover” the executive continues.

Another executive writes: “Political technology and digital campaigns can make the difference on election day. We’ve seen this happen in all the countries we have worked in. It’s the reality of today.”

These quotes give credence to the concern that today’s elections are a fake reality of constructed data and phony polls.

The concept of rigging opinion polls is not far fetched at all.

We’ve just learnt through media reports that Michael Cohen, then US President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, paid John Gauger to rig online polls in his boss’s favour before the presidential campaign. John Gauger, runs a small technology company, RedFinch and is chief information officer at Liberty University in Virginia, where Jerry Falwell Jr., an evangelical leader and fervent Trump supporter, is president.

A Wall Street Journal article wrote that “Gauger said he never got the rest of what he claimed he was owed. But Mr. Cohen in early 2017 still asked for—and received—a $50,000 reimbursement from Mr. Trump and his company for the work by RedFinch, according to a government document and a person familiar with the matter”. https://www.wsj.com/articles/poll-rigging-for-trump-and-creating-womenforcohen-one-it-firms-work-order-11547722801

The big question is whether Martin Fayulu, like former President Mobutu Sese Seko who Belgium and the US used to usurp power illegally in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is the man who France and Belgium will use to scupper peace efforts in the DRC and the ideals of national unity, economic independence and pan-African solidarity that Patrice Lumumba, the first president of independent Congo, had so championed and for which he died so brutally?

Lumumba was arrested, beaten mercilessly and was later killed, buried, his body exhumed and acid poured all over it. It wasn’t enough that the US and Belgian governments using Congolese accomplices and a Belgian execution squad had killed him, they wanted to obliterate him from public memory.

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