In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), an eventful session took place on January 26 at the National Assembly, where deputies were to examine and vote on a motion of censure against the government of Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga, a close friend of Joseph Kabila. .
In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga had been in Lubumbashi since January 24 to meet with the former head of state. Finally, the no-confidence motion against him and the vote were adjourned until 27 January. This did not prevent the deputies from the Common Front of the Congo (FCC) from slamming the door, those who still contest the legality of the investigation of this no-confidence motion.
For Didier Manara, President of the People’s Party for Reconstruction and Democracy (PPRD) Group, Joseph Kabila’s party, “the biggest issue at yet another extraordinary session is voting on the final office and installing this office. We note with regret that this office gives itself the power to chair the meetings as if it were a final office. He arrogates for himself unlimited powers. And the constitution was ready, the constitutional court was ready, our internal rules are clear ”.
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“That is why, as the common front of the Congo by President Joseph Kabila Kabange, Senator for Life, we say that we absolutely cannot tolerate another violation of the Constitution,” he continues. They will perform coercion. And we go out so that the Congolese people know that what is being done in this space is a transgression and that we are not starting ”.
The author of the no-confidence motion, opposition deputy Chérubin Okende, does not share this reading. “If you read the judgment of the Constitutional Court, you will find that in the Constitutional Court there are provisions on parliamentary control,” he recalls. Competence rests in plenary. So we are in the regularity. Today, we should not fall into the trap of giving a pretext to the FCC, which wants to escape this parliamentary control. The postponement of a day does not kill the National Assembly. We want to build a rule of law, and even when we have formulated complaints about someone, we must give them time to develop their means of defense ”.