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>> For the last 18 years, this political cartoonist in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been used to sketching the same leader. But, with President Joseph Kabila set to step down next month after an election on Sunday decides his successor, the artist Thembo Kashauri, better known as Kash, is bracing for a new era in the country's history.
>> If we have a real alternative, meaning that one of the members of the opposition takes power tomorrow, I believe, I have this hope, it's a fantasy, I think we can turn the page. We can manage to turn the page.>> The new leader could be Kabila's favorite candidate, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, or the two main opposition challengers, Felix Tshisekedi and Martin Fayulu.
And the vote could lead to Congo's first democratic transfer of power following decades of coups, civil wars, and authoritarian rule. But the long delayed election has already been marred by violence after the electoral commission postponed the vote in several of their strongholds citing security and health concerns. However, for those moments, Kash uses satire, as shown in his sketch of the commission president Corneille Nangaa.
>> In this drawing, I was inspired by Nangaa's latest statement when he explained that the elections will happen no matter what. No no, he says there will be elections across the world of the Congolese territory, providing there is no war, and he also mentioned the Ebola virus. So I'm drawing him in his kitchen, where he is trying to taste his casola sauce and he realizes that his chicken or his meat is not tender yet.
The waiter comes to pressure him and he loses a tooth, which means it is not tender yet, and so he proposes to add baking soda and he warns it will be rare. Don't expect it to be well done.>> Kash is hopeful the election outcome may help lighten the dark mood that infuses his current drawings.