« Improving the living conditions of the Congolese people and establishing a climate of peace throughout the country » is the mission of the new government, whose composition was published on Monday 12 April.
The Democratic Republic of Congo has a new government. The mission of this new team is to improve the living conditions of the Congolese people and the establishment of a climate of peace throughout the country. This mission includes the following sectors: Security, Justice, Agriculture, Fisheries & Livestock, Economy, Electoral Process, Infrastructure and Digital.
An inclusive government?
This new team has 56 members including 15 women. In this government, we note the appointment of former members of the political party of former President Joseph Kabila, close to the opponents Moise Katumbi, Jean-Pierre Bemba and Vital Kamerhe, former director of cabinet of Felix Tshisekedi.
According to the Prime Minister, Sama Lukonde, « we have taken into account the representativeness of gender, the youth of the provinces and the stakeholders. With 56 members, the new government has 27% female representation, an average age of 47 years and the integration of new members, » he said.
A government committed to Tshisekedi
The publication of this government comes more than two months after the resignation of the former Prime Minister, Ilunga Ilunkamba. For the presidency of the Republic, this new government also has the mission « to implement the vision of the head of state. In clear, the appointment of this new team, made up mostly of people close to Felix Tshisekedi, is a victory in his struggle to break the ties with the former regime of Joseph Kabila.
« A plethoric number
Unlike the former government of Sylvertre Ilunga Ilunkamaba which had 65 ministers including 13 women, this one has 56 members and 15 women, but does not reassure some opinion. A few days before its publication, those close to the Head of State spoke of the reduction in the number of ministers due to the socio-economic situation. For Jean-Claude Katende, president of the African Association for the Defence of Human Rights (ASADHO), a civil society organisation, « the plethora of ministers » does not « reassure ». Adding: « we expect them and we will judge them on the basis of their actions, » he said.