Global Affairs Podcast: The Painful Transition to Democracy in the DRC and Zimbabwe

On 30 December 2018, the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo headed for the polls to vote in the election that would result in the country’s first democratic transition since decolonisation in 1960. However, the two-year delay of the elections, which were supposed to mark the end of rule for outgoing President Joseph Kabila, and the unexpected victory of candidate Felix Tshisekedi over Martin Fayulu have raised questions over the legitimacy of the elections and the chance for any tangible change in DRC politics. William Kerslake and Tom Shacklock inteview academic staff at the University of Bristol to discuss the political developments in the DRC, drawing parallels with the political violence witnessed in Zimbabwe under Mnangagwa.

Outgoing President Joseph Kabila, by the US Department of State, 22 April 2016.

Outgoing President Joseph Kabila, by the US Department of State, 22 April 2016.