That’s $ 12 million. Members of civil society, pro-Kabila and opposition MPs protested and pointed to the scarce resources the country has today. How is such an amount explained?
The Assembly’s temporary office ensures that it has complied with the provisions of the law. It also refers to the Rules of Procedure of the lower house of Parliament. Pursuant to Rule 65, alternates, members of the cabinet, administrative staff and parliamentary assistants shall receive during an extraordinary session equal to their monthly remuneration and various bonuses. “It’s exorbitant,” admits a member of the office, “but those who complain are hypocrites or try to harm us, they should have condemned it before or even made changes to the existing texts,” again indicates this source.
For opposition MP Léon Mondole, a former member of the Ecofin Commission, the explanation is not enough. In this budget, part of the remuneration is officially allocated to retired parliamentarians, while the extraordinary session does not concern them. Half a million dollars earmarked for the election of the final office when the election material from the previous election is still available. This deputy finally points out that the operating budget seems as high as that allocated to a final board of seven members when the provisional board contains only three and is not authorized by law to appoint a cabinet.
For a member of the pro-Kabila government, the most serious thing is that this is a new expense not provided for in the Finance Act of 2021. Suddenly to avoid spending the board cash, this could lead to him not paying in the end of the month of other limiting expenses, such as the operating budgets of public services or even the salaries of other agents.
■ Is the Senate in line with pro-Tshisekedi?
In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the office of the upper house of the Congolese parliament, numerically dominated by supporters of former President Joseph Kabila, fears a change. On Thursday, therefore, the Senate office gathered the press in Kinshasa to express a warning against any attempt to destabilize the institutions of the republic.
Kaumba Lufunda, rapporteur for the Congolese Senate