The new Congolese Prime Minister, Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde Kyenge, is expected this Monday at the National Assembly where he will present the programme of his government for the investiture of the new team.
After several twists and turns, the programme of the Sama Lukonde government will finally be presented this Monday, April 26, 2021, at the National Assembly, with a view to the inauguration of the new team. The announcement was made Saturday evening by the rapporteur of the National Assembly, Lembi Libula, through a statement: « Plenary National Assembly, this Monday, April 26, 2021, at 10 am, in the conference room of the Palais du peuple. One item on the agenda: Hearing of the programme and investiture of the Sama Lukonde Kyenge Jean-Michel government ».
It took the intervention of President Félix Tshisekedi in person to resolve a situation that seemed hopeless. Indeed, on Saturday, the Congolese President had to meet with deputies members of the Sacred Union of the Nation, who had not found their account in the new government team and who, for this reason, were decided to block the investiture of the government in Parliament. The discussions held by the Prime Minister with these deputies during the week were not successful, so Félix Tshisekedi had to take matters into his own hands.
The task will undoubtedly not be easy for this government, whose very constitution was not at all easy, in the face of the voracious appetite of the various parties and movements members of the Sacred Union of the Nation. Appointed Prime Minister, replacing Sylvestre Ilunga Ilunkamba, on 15 February 2021, Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde Kyenge was only able to make public the list of members of his government on 12 April, after almost two months of negotiations. A week later, on Tuesday 20 April 2021, the Prime Minister transmitted the government’s programme to the President of the Lower House of Parliament, Christophe Mboso, with a view to his investiture.
All eyes are now on the National Assembly for the new team to get down to work, as Sama Lukonde himself recalled last Tuesday: « We are happy to have reached this stage and we are waiting for the right moment to finally get down to work, to meet the needs of the nation and the Republic.