It is in principle this Wednesday that the consultations launched by President Félix Tshisekedi will end. He got political, religious and civil society figures to put an end to the differences with Joseph Kabila and within the FCC-Cach coalition. But after three weeks of discussions, several cases stand still.
as reported from Kinshasa, Patient Ligodi
In his speech on October 23, Félix Tshisekedi stated that almost two years later, there were still differences between the parties who signed the FCC-Cach coalition agreement. The head of state claimed that these deviations relate specifically to issues concerning the independent national election commission and the organization of elections. But after several weeks of discussions, The FCC and Cach do not always agree on the names of the future leaders of the polling station.
The process is almost still and discussions on the election issue will wait until next year at the National Assembly, given the legislative calendar.
Joseph Kabila and Félix Tshisekedi also disagrees with several other issues, including the management of the state portfolio, the leaders of decentralized territorial units, the establishment of the DRC’s diplomatic missions. Again, the two parties do not agree on the distribution.
The second dispute is control of the judiciary, including recent appointments to the Constitutional Court. And to resolve this point, Félix Tshisekedi consulted those he considered to be the most representative political and social leaders to “gather his views to create a holy union of the nation.”
Towards the end of the coalition?
During consultations, according to Felix Tshisekedi, aimed at “rebuilding the government’s measures on the principles of participation in the country’s leadership”, three main categories were consulted.
Members of civil society, including churches and NGOs, insisted on speeding up the electoral reform process and depoliticizing certain institutions such as the Ceni. Socio-professional organizations have hammered at the end of what they consider to be the sharing of the cake by politicians. And different political forces, about more openness in the leadership of the country.
But in the meantime, the FCC and Cach are waging war through the media. Even today, the question is whether Felix Tshisekedi will announce the end of the FCC-Cach coalition or not. The head of state is expected to speak in the coming days.