As the state of siege he decreed in the two provinces of Ituri and North Kivu in eastern DRC draws to a close, President Felix Tshisekedi has expressed the need to extend it by 15 days.
During the council of ministers that he chaired yesterday, Friday 28 May 2021, the Congolese President, Felix Tshisekedi, expressed the need to extend the state of siege currently in force in the eastern provinces plagued by violence from armed groups: Ituri and North Kivu. « On the security front, the President of the Republic welcomed the constant efforts of the new military authorities in the provinces of Ituri and North Kivu to defeat the enemy. He asked the government to go to parliament to obtain a 15-day extension to allow our officers to continue with their plans, » government spokesman Patrick Muyaya told the press.
The idea of extending the state of siege does not always appeal to everyone. The national deputy Juvénal Munubo Mubi of the Union pour la nation congolaise (UNC) and therefore of the Union sacrée, for example, expressed some reservations about the need to extend the state of siege expressed by President Tshisekedi: « State of siege North Kivu/Ituri. How could the Parliament, which was not fully involved in the launching of the state of siege through the vote of an implementation law as required by Article 85 of the Constitution, assess the appropriateness of its extension? « the lawyer asked.
In any case, the extension seems to be the only way to hope to see the fruits of the state of siege emerge. Decreed on 30 April by President Félix Tshisekedi who wants to put an end to the exactions of armed groups and bring peace to the East of the DRC, the state of siege, which is in its third week, has not yet fulfilled the expectations of the population, since armed groups still continue to hit civilians.