Part of the Congolese community living in Mombasa have expressed their satisfaction with election results in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Speaking to The Standard, DRC nationals living and working in the Coastal city said that they were looking forward for a new nation that will be built on peaceful co-existence among the population.
Veteran Congolese musician, Mr Ricky Mwololo who is band leader of Ideologia Musica said that change for DRC was the best New Year gift for the Congolese populace.
'' We wanted change. Though it is not what we expected. We are excited that Kabila is out of the way and the good people of DRC have spoken through the ballot,'' Mwololo who resides in Mtwapa, Kilifi County said.
He said that though Congolese in the diaspora were not give an opportunity to vote, they feel overwhelmed that change has come to their motherland.
Opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi won the long-awaited presidential poll in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the electoral commission said, paving the way for the country’s first handover of power in 18 years.
Having gained 38.57 percent of the vote, Felix Tshisekedi is provisionally declared the elected president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, said Corneille Nangaa, the head of the Independent National Election Commission (CENI).
The DRC has been in the grip of a two-year-old crisis over the succession of President Joseph Kabila, who said last year he would step down after nearly two decades in power.
The candidate he hand-picked to succeed him, loyalist, former interior minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, came third in the poll.
The other main opposition candidate, former oil executive Martin Fayulu — who was tipped as favourite in the few pre-election opinion polls — came second, official results showed.
According to the initial timetable set out by the CENI, the definitive results are due on January 15 with the swearing-in of the new president three days later.
The result could still be appealed in the Constitutional Court.
Another music maestro living in Mombasa and from DRC, Mr Fabrice Mwendanga, 40, said that he was happy that the reign of Kabila has finally come to an end.
He alleged that Kabila never had interests of the local Congolese population and was always working at the behest of neighbouring and foreign masters.
Fabrice whose hometown is Bukavu said that once all protocols are complete, he will travel to be part of the history- making to witness DRC's first ever democratically elected President.
For 35 year old, Music producer and promoter, Ben Christopher, President Kabila's move to allow for elections to take place must be commended by all.
''Under very difficult conditions, Kabila allowed for electionsto proceed and for this he deserves accolades,'' Christopher said.
He said that his best contribution to his motherland -DRC is to offer prayers for DRC.
''DRC needs prayers to excel. It is what I can offer,'' he said.
He said that DRC has continued to contribute towards the betterment of the economy of its neighbouring states through export and exploitation of its vast mineral and other natural resources.
''It is for this reason that other Africa states, particularly those that neighbour DRC must not watch it go to the dogs,'' Ben said.
And a straight talking Levi Makambo who is from capital Kinshasa, said that there was nothing that DRC nationals can remember Kabila for.
'' He leaves no legacy behind. His late father was a better leader instead,'' Makambo said.