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Uhuru sends Tshisekedi message following DRC elections

Uhuru Kenyatta sends Felix Tshisekedi congratulatory message following his re-election as the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

In a statement shared via the Office of the Fourth President of Kenya, Uhuru urged Tshisekedi to work for peace and unite the DRC.

In his congratulatory message, Former President Uhuru Kenyatta urged re-elected Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Felix Tshisekedi to embrace peace and unite his country.

“President (Rtd) Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a congratulatory message to H.E President H.E Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on his re election as the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo,” the statement reads in part.

“Peace and unity are the foundations of a prosperous country” Uhuru said according to the statement.

As of Saturday, Tshisekedi had garnered around 72 per cent of the votes during elections held on December 20, 2023. At least 17.8 million votes have been counted.

He now awaits confirmation by the country’s electoral commission.

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Partial results released so far leave little doubt that Tshisekedi won the single round presidential election, and the National Independent Electoral Commission (Ceni) plans to announce provisional totals Sunday afternoon.

Tshisekedi, 60, has been in power since January 2019 and is running for a second five-year term. 

Moise Katumbi, a businessman and former governor of Katanga province in the south-east, was second with 18.9 percent.

Martin Fayulu — who says he was robbed of the last presidential election in 2018 — was next at 5.5 percent, and former prime minister Adolphe Muzito had 1.36 percent.

The 20 remaining candidates, including Denis Mukwege, who won a Nobel Peace Price for his work with female victims of wartime sexual violence, were all under one percent.

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