Forum Replies Created
All counters of the Multimodal Freight Management Office (OGEFREM) both at the head office of the administrative headquarters of Kinshasa and those of the provincial entities: Lubumbashi and Kasumbalesa at the Katanga-Kasaï Regional Directorate (DRKK), Matadi, Boma, Muanda and Lufu at the Provincial Directorate West (DPO) and in the three entities of Bukavu, Goma and Maniema at the Regional Directorate Kivu-Maniema (DRKM) did not work. Indeed, the workers of Ogefrem, gathered around the Intersyndicale Nationale observe since yesterday, Monday, March 12, 2018, a work stoppage. Objective, get the departure of the Government of VPM José Makila Sumanda and Mr. Jemsy Mulengwa, Chairman of the Board of Directors (PCA) of Ogefrem. Through a correspondence dated March 12, 2018, the National Intersyndicale of the Office seized the competent authorities, including the General Labor Inspectorate, to make this strike action official.
The MPV of Transport and Communication Channels and the PCA of Ogefrem are accused of wanting to harm their company which, since the advent of the current management team, is resurfacing. Targeted in the destruction of their company, the officers and agents of the Office denounce the VMP Jose Makila and PCA Jemsy Mulengwa who would engage in any kind of trap against the DG of Ogefrem, Patient Sayiba Tambwe , and his DGA, Olivier Manzila, from whom they regularly ask for sums of money as the former management committee would have accustomed them to.
It is time for a quick solution to be found because, this strike movement will undoubtedly affect the revenue of the company and therefore a considerable loss of profits, regrets an agent. This work stoppage is not without serious implications in the relations of collaboration with other related services involved in the Multimodal Freight sector such as DGDA, OCC, Chargeurs, shipowners and FERI Center.
As a result of this large-scale economic paralysis, the workers of the Office are already seeking the assistance of the Head of State, Joseph Kabila Kabange, who is the guarantor of the proper functioning of all the Institutions, to get involved decisively to settle this situation as quickly as possible by raising their cries of distress before it is too late.
Asked by the press, Mr. Mike Mahene, Legal Advisor at Ogefrem, said that Mr. Makila received from the former committee, on his own behalf, the sum of $ 25,000 each month. This, not to mention the pot that was reserved for the PCA.
The water drop…
According to the Legal Adviser, José Makila and Jemsy Mulengwa seek to reinstate the agents and executives expelled from the company for financial malfeasance, better for forgery and use of forgeries, according to the prescriptions of the Collective Agreement, the rules of procedure and the Code working. And this, despite the fact that the decision of the high hierarchy of the Office would have been endorsed by the two aforementioned. They even went far, seeking legal action against them. More curious than it may seem, the same Minister and the PCA return to the charge to rehabilitate people whose file has already been filed. If the DG does not obey the orders of the latter, it is rather him, who will be suspended, was learned from the mouth of another worker. “Such a posture is like a simple subterfuge or alibi,” retorts the staff of the Office because, the problem is elsewhere.
The real problem
Cross-checking the facts with some witnesses suggests that these people being chased out of the business were protecting the interests of their mentors, in this case the MPP and the PCA. That’s why, they say, it was not surprising to see Ogefrem live on overdrafts that are fanciful receivables estimated at hundreds of thousands of dollars for which the current management team is currently to mop up gradually. Like what, to remove the staff of the Office, agents and executives caught in flagrancy of diversion, it is to cut the grass under the feet of the above-mentioned high personalities, indicates on the side of the intersyndicale.
Call for vigilance
One of the members of the Intersyndicale praised the maturity of the workers who, until then, did not give in to the provocation even though there were people sent to try to provoke the demonstrators so that there would be clashes and breaks. Against all odds, the workers agree to maintain the pressure and fight to win their claim.
In a speech delivered on the occasion of the African Statistical Day 2017, the Minister of State for the Plan poses the problem. How, indeed, improve lives by improving economic statistics? It gives, below, a panoramic view and book tracks to explore.
Ministry of Planning
National Institute of Statistics
SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY, THE MINISTER OF STATE, MINISTER OF THE PLAN, ON THE OCCASION OF THE AFRICAN STATISTICAL DAY 2017
Congolese and Congolese,
Ladies and gentlemen,
The 18th of November of every year has been chosen as African Statistics Day, since 1993, by the meeting of the Ministers of Planning of the African countries. The objective of this Day is to make a plea to the general public, on the interest and utility of statistics, as tools for decision-making. This event is held each year around a theme. The theme chosen this year by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) is: “IMPROVING LIVES BY IMPROVING ECONOMIC STATISTICS”.
As early as 2008, according to a statement from the Commission of the African Union, this day was instituted so that the African political authorities in charge of economic development should rather raise awareness about the crucial role of statistics as a public good and basic infrastructure of the development process.
By choosing this theme, the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) wants to draw the attention of decision-makers, Technical and Financial Partners, Data Producers, Researchers and the Public in general, to the importance and the the usefulness of statistics for better decision-making in economic development planning and management, as well as the monitoring of policies put in place and that this can be reflected in the life of every Congolese and every Congolese.
To meet the challenge of the availability of quality economic statistics and in time, the authorities perceived very early the need to have a reference framework for the development of Statistics in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Thus, the Government adopted the first document of the National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (SNDS 2013-2017). A second generation of the NSDS, currently in progress, should aim at strengthening the achievements of the implementation and correcting the shortcomings noted in the first NSDS.
Important activities will be carried out to improve the system of data dissemination by modern means of technology including websites, the use of statistical data with tablets by decision-makers and populations for the improvement of culture statistics in the different decision-making processes.
In addition, the ratification of the African Charter of Statistics by our country is a strong signal from the Government to comply with internationally recognized standards and principles.
To this end, I would like to reiterate my most fitting respects to His Excellency the President of the Republic, Head of State, Joseph Kabila Kabange, for having committed our country to the path of emergence by 2030.
It is also an opportunity for me to thank His Excellency the Prime Minister, Head of Government, Bruno TSHIBALA NZENZHE to engage the Government of the Republic, in the vision of the Head of State, for the development of our System National Statistics.
Congolese and Congolese,
Ladies and gentlemen,
The lessons learned from the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs in acronym, focused primarily on traditional development issues, have shown that progress is difficult to measure, especially for the least developed countries, even in the most basic areas such as the reduction of poverty or infant and maternal mortality. This difficulty is mainly due to the insufficiency of human, technical and financial resources, to which the highest authorities of the DRC are committed to remedy this durably.
After 2015, the United Nations has agreed to set up a new development agenda, called the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, whose goals and targets will pose a challenge for our National Statistical System. The Sustainable Development Goals create unprecedented demand for data in almost every field.
That is why, for these purposes, the DRC is committed to internalizing the indicators and targets to ensure that we are at the Rendez-vous with the conclusive results.
Congolese and Congolese,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Let me note that opportunities to leverage new data sources have increased dramatically in recent years. Indeed, in addition to information from traditional sources such as administrative data, surveys and censuses, the National Statistical System can now consider the use of data from web applications, mega data produced by commercial companies, and non-governmental organizations, as well as data collected through satellite or drone technology. This is an important aspect of the so-called “data revolution”.
Congolese and Congolese,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Today, we are faced with a situation in which statistical capacity-building has the power to tip the balance in favor of development and in which the old difficulties remain as new possibilities emerge.
That is why our National Statistical System needs to provide relevant, comprehensive, accurate and objective statistical information to shed light on the major social, economic and environmental concerns and issues in our country.
The data produced and published must focus on the needs and expectations of users. In this respect, our national statistical system must adjust to adequately meet this demand. Monitoring our various development frameworks, as well as the commitments to which our country has subscribed, requires us to have reliable and quality statistics.
One of the major challenges facing the National Statistical System is that of insufficient quantity and quality of statistical professionals. In this regard, the Government of the Republic has undertaken to make every effort to form a critical mass of cadres in not only national but also sub-regional schools. Thus, strategies will be developed to complete the institutional reform of the National Statistical System and, above all, strengthen the coordinating role of the National Institute of Statistics (NSI).
God bless the Democratic Republic of Congo
Long live the African Day of Statistics
He was at the National Representation on Friday 17 November 2017, in order to answer the oral question with debate addressed to him by the Tshangu representative, the Honorable Serge Mayamba Massaka. He is Thomas Luhaka, Minister of Infrastructure, Public Works and Reconstruction -ITPR-. In addition to Mayamba Serge, Thomas Luhaka also recorded the concerns of 34 successive National Deputies in the gallery to question him about some of the shadows contained in his response to the Honorable Mayamba’s oral question. Not being able to immediately reply, in view of the number of concerns raised, and to enable him to prepare the elements of the appropriate answers, Thomas Luhaka requested and obtained from the 1st Vice-President of the National Assembly a delay of 48 hours. Ultimately, it is this Tuesday, November 21, the Minister of ITPR will be back to the National Assembly.
It is within the framework of the parliamentary control that the Honorable Serge Mayamba had deposited at the office of the National Representation, since November 1st, 2017, an oral question with debate addressed to the Minister of ITPR, Thomas Luhaka.
Although the initiator was previously satisfied, after having examined, thoroughly, the activity report of the ITPR, even before the programming of his oral question with debate, Serge Mayamba was encouraged by his peers to continue his approach to the end .
Thus, after having resembled the three main aspects of the oral question with debate, the Minister of ITPR, Thomas Luhaka has exposed in front of the elected representatives of the people, the balance sheet of his portfolio which, despite the difficult economic situation, works without stopping the reconstruction of the country, as advocated by the Head of State, Joseph Kabila, initiator of the revolution of modernity. It is with modesty and frankness that he has reported the achievements to the elected representatives of the people.
Most of the concerns, it should be emphasised, were focused on road infrastructures, mainly in the Kinshasa City-Province and some new provinces in the east of the country and in Ecuador. But, his presentation took away the myth that the western part of the DRC was neglected. However, after clear and precise answers, 34 national deputies raised new concerns. Thus, to satisfy these elected officials, the Minister requested and obtained a deadline of 42 hours, to come and answer. Appointment is made for this Tuesday, November 21, 2017.
Response to the oral question addressed to His Excellency the Minister of ITPR by the Honorable Serge Mayamba
Honourable Speaker of the National Assembly,
Honorable Members of the Bureau,
Being in front of the National Representation, I would like to salute the remarkable presence of the Honourable President and of all the Members of the Bureau for the interest they continue to show in the running of the affairs of our country and especially to its development. integral.
I also greet all the Honourable Members, especially the Honourable Mayamba Massaka Serge, for the importance and relevance of the oral question he has addressed to me and for which he has just delivered the quintessence.
Honorable Speaker of the National Assembly,
Honourable members of the Bureau,
In my role, that of reporting to the Congolese people at all times that you represent validly here, let me express to you all the respect I owe to this people for their attentive ear which they continue to lend to all the actions that affect his daily life.
It is precisely to improve the life of every day that His Excellency the President of the Republic, Head of State, Mr. Joseph Kabila Kabange had had this prospective idea to initiate the two concepts for the reconstruction of our country known under the names of “5 Chantiers” and the “Revolution of Modernity.
For the Government, the two concepts initiated by His Excellency the President of the Republic have been translated into sectoral programs. The Ministry of Infrastructure, Public Works and Reconstruction, which I am currently in charge of, is highly concerned by these programs.
Honourable Speaker of the National Assembly,
Honourable Members of the Bureau,
The oral question addressed to me by the Honorable Member Mayamba Massaka Serge has three main aspects, I quote:
What is your assessment of your ministry’s policy regarding the process of rebuilding the country?
What is the rate of completion of the work undertaken since its management was entrusted to you, with presentation of an indicative table?
Should we consider that to date, the action of your ministry tends to privilege the rehabilitation of road infrastructures in the city of Kinshasa and in the Eastern Provinces of the country, thus devoting the abandonment of others as former Province of Ecuador?
Honorable Speaker of the National Assembly,
Honourable Members of the Bureau,
Faced with this questioning of a remarkable coherence and full of common sense, I must answer with a lot of modesty and frankness in order to account to all of you, who are the emanation of the Congolese people.
But before anything else, I would say before this microphone that by initiating the two concepts that I had just mentioned, the initiative of the President of the Republic I said was of absolute nobility.
Taken in normal times, that is at the moment when the economic situation of our country was in a state of recovery, this initiative should boost the priority sectors for the reconstruction of the Democratic Republic of Congo and that the ultimate goal of to improve the daily life of all our populations.
Any program has a cost. The Democratic Republic of Congo first had to rely on its own ability to mobilize funding for these sectoral programs before hoping for support from external resources.
But, alas, it was not counting with the fall of the courses of the mineral resources which incited the Government of the Republic to modify downwards the pretensions expressed in various programs.
The DRC’s vision for the transport sector by 2035, according to the National Strategic Development Plan, PNSD in acronym, is to have a transport system with all interconnected infrastructure networks, functional in all seasons and at the service of national integration, economic development and poverty reduction.
In line with the vision of the sector, the road sub-sector of the DRC aims, by 2035, a main road network all year round and at the service of national integration, economic development and the reduction of poverty. It is materialized thanks to a strategy that integrates, beyond the national budget resources, various financing participants including Public-Private Partners.
With regard to the public buildings sector, the vision is to provide the Ministry with investment planning for the maintenance, modernization, extension of old buildings and construction of new ones. The objective is to reduce, if not cancel, the expenses related to the renting of buildings to house the State services, on the one hand, and to guarantee the State agents the best conditions of work, on the other hand.
In relation to the process of rebuilding our country, the policy of the Ministry that I have the honour to lead is based on three pillars for road infrastructure, namely:
Pillar 1: rehabilitation of old asphalt roads and construction of new ones;
Pillar 2: the restoration of the traffic on the earth network;
Pillar 3: Protection and maintenance of the road network.
In order to better understand the record of the Ministry’s policy in the road sub-sector, I consider it necessary to give a brief overview of the road network of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Indeed, as you know, the road network of our country is 152.400 Km long, of which 58.129 constitute the so-called network of “general interest” which concerns my ministry through the Office of Roads.
From this network of general interest, it has been defined a so-called “priority” network of 30,788 Km consisting of roads linking the provincial capitals and those linking the main socio-economic pools of the country.
Due to the precariousness of the resources, an ultra-priority network, 15,800 km long, was defined, draining more or less 90% of the road traffic that had to be prioritized in the interventions.
In 2001, at the advent of His Excellency Joseph Kabila, the country is divided into several territories completely isolated from each other following the wars that the country has experienced. The maintenance of the road network suffers from the consequences of armed conflicts and the road agencies are unable to take charge of the entire network.
It is in this context that the reunification efforts of the country will be accompanied by the implementation of programs of reunification of the national territory by road.
With the support of development partners, rehabilitation programs will be started, including the Rehabilitation Support Program, in the acronym PAR, the Multisectoral Emergency, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Program, in acronym PMURR.
Following these efforts, five years later, that is to say at the end of 2006, the state of the DRC road network is almost as follows:
For the network of general interest (58.129 Km):
Network in good condition (on which the average speed of journey is equal to or greater than 40 Km / h): 5% (2.610 Km):
Network in the middle state (average speed of travel between 25 and 40 Km / h): 6% (3.590 Km)
Network in poor condition (average speed of course less than 25 km / h): 26% (15.038 km)
Network in undisclosed state: 63% (36.891 Km)
FOR the Local Interest Network (86,821 Km): almost 90% in an unknown state.
From 2006 to 2015, in the framework of the concept of the five construction sites of the Republic, the joint efforts of the Government with its external partners for the improvement of the road infrastructures of the country, whose main actions carried out concerned the modernization, the rehabilitation, the reinforcement, the reopening of earth roads and rural roads, as well as the large-scale maintenance of infrastructure to improve the free movement of people and goods, have led to an encouraging recovery of the state of the general interest road network. , whose situation at the end of December 2015 is as follows:
Network in good condition: 24.3% (14.142 Km);
Network in medium condition: 16,3% (9,483 km);
Network in poor condition: 59, 4% (34.504 Km)
Network in state unknown: 0%
In summary, the network is practicable in all seasons, that is to say. in good and average condition totaled at the end of December 2015 a linear of 23.625 km, 40.6ù of the network of general interest of 58.129 km, while 60% of said network was in poor condition.
This result was achieved thanks to:
On the continuation or start of the rehabilitation of certain roads by international companies in the context of the PRO ROUTES Project financed by the World Bank;
With the revitalization from December 2012, of the program of opening of roads known program of Reunification of the Republic by Road “RRR” which also resorted to the method of High Intensity of Labor “HIMO” on the segments justifying a level of traffic, soil and adequate relief to offer more jobs, lower the cost of work and ensure better ownership of the program and investments by the population;
Road concessions on the Kasumbalesa-Lubumbashi-Likasi-Kolwezi and Kinshasa-Matadi segments justifying average daily traffic between 2,500 and 3,000 passages per day, although less than the required 15,000; and at the beginning of the program of the reorganization of the national road number 1, segments located between Batshamba and Kananga thanks to the donations of the African Development Bank and the European Union.
Unfortunately, as of 2015, the decline in prices of the DRC’s main export products and the global economic crisis lead to a drastic decline in investments in the infrastructure sector.
For example, the 2016 and 2017 finance laws do not provide sufficient funds to face the challenges of the sector. In addition, it should be noted that FONER resources can normally cover only about 36% of rehabilitation needs due to insufficient funding.
To date, the all-weather network is approximately 19,910 km as shown in the table in appendix 1 and in the map given in appendix 2.
Urban roads in the DRC total 8.215 km, mostly located in neighborhoods that have experienced urbanization. Their breakdown by provinces is shown in the table in appendix 3.
To date, the state of said roads is as follows:
Follow the paved roads 1.843,62 Km:
Good condition 641,36 Km, 35%
Middle state 442, 77 Km, 24%
Bad condition 760, 49 km or 41%
For unpaved roads 6.371, 99 Km:
Good condition O km
Middle state 819, 81 km, or 13%
Poor condition 5.552, 18 Km, 87%
In spite of the strong constraints mentioned above, my Ministry has set up a minimum road infrastructure maintenance program to maintain a practicable network essentially on FONER resources and to guarantee the participation of the Government in the various programs co-financed with the partners. development.
It is in these conditions that:
345 Km have been reopened and are maintained on the ultra-priority network under the PRO ROUTES project thanks to co-financing from the World Bank, the UK DFID Cooperation and the DRC (FONER);
730 Km were rehabilitated and asphalted under financing from the African Development Bank and the European Union on RN1;
223 km and 50.4 km respectively of roads and roads as part of the Sino Congolese program;
347 Km asphalted as part of the public-private partnership with road concessions;
11, 94 Km paved in 2X2 strips of roads within the framework of the Cooperation with Japan;
492 Km of covered earth road as part of the project of Reunification of the Republic by Road, in initials RRR;
Several hundred km have been rehabilitated thanks to the support of the Belgian Technical Cooperation, the French Development Agency, the German Cooperation, the Dutch Cooperation, the USAID, the Agencies of the United Nations system? FROM MONUSCO? IFAD, OPEC, BADEA, the Kuwait Fund, and friendly countries such as Norway, Sweden and Italy.
In fact, the Honorable Members, it is currently possible to leave:
From Sakania, in Upper Katanga or Kolwezi, in Lualaba, to Bukavu and Goma by bus via Lubumbashi, Pweto, Kalemeie and Uvira;
From Butembo or Kasindi, in North Kivu, or from Bunia, Ituri, to Bunduki, in Bas Uele, limit with Mongala by bus through Niania, Kisangani, Tshopo and Buta;
From Zongo, South Ubangi and on the CAR border, to Akula Harbor, South Ubangi on the Mongala border, through Gemena and Libenge;
From Moanda, in Kongo Central, to Tshikapa in Kasaï via Kinshasa, Kenge, in Kwango, and Kikwit, in Kwilu;
It goes without saying that the challenges are enormous and the ministry continues to work to develop other forms of public-private partnership for the construction of asphalt roads in our country. It’s the case :
The contract signed with the company AFECC, in March 2017, for the modernization of 1,082 Km of the RN 1 between Kananga, Kasaï Central and Nguba in the Lualaba, via Mbuji-Mayi, in Eastern Kasaï, Mwenne- Ditu in Lomami and Kamina, in Upper Lomami;
Kasomeno -Kasenga-Chalwe road construction project, 92 km long, with GED CONGO;
The N’djili-Kinshasa city-center international airport motorway construction project, the procurement process of which is underway;
The construction project of the South-West-East Perimeter Road in Kinshasa, with a view to achieving the necessary structural roads for the city;
The project of the N’djili-Cecomaf -Mulululu road, that is to say between the city of Kinshasa and the province of Kongo Central.
With our development partners:
Two contracts have just been signed thanks to ADB financing for the asphalting of two sections of RN1: Lovua-Tshikapa Bridge over 57 km and Tshikapa-Kamwesha over 87 km;
Two contracts are being awarded for the asphalting of five roads in Kinshasa, for a total length of 12.7 km, on the financing of the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa, BADEA in acronym;
With the World Bank, the Government negotiates the project PRO ROUTE 2 which will take care, in addition to the 3,345 Lm reopened and maintained as part of PRO ROUTES, the reopening and maintenance of 2,280 km of road, including RN2 Mbuji-Mayi -Bukavu, RN 6 -RN 24 and RP 336 Bunduki-Lisala-Bumba, Mombanza-Gemena and Mombanza-Gbadolite-Mobayi, RN25 Niani-Isiro, RN3Miti-Hombo-Walikale for an overall budget of USD 457 million.
The European Union will finance the paving of the RN1 on the section Kanwesha-Kananga, 150 km long, for about 150 million Euros.
The maintenance of this entire road network requires the mobilisation of resources that go beyond the current financial mobilisation capacity of the National Road Maintenance Fund (FONER). It is here for me the opportunity to solicit from this august Assembly the granting of the consequent credits within the framework of the law of the finances 2018 for the rehabilitation of the road infrastructures, in support of the electoral process and that, in spite of the constraints budget. Because it is well known that securing elections as much as the practicability of the road network is a guarantee for the proper organisation of elections.
Honourable President of the National Assembly,
Honourable Members of the Bureau,
With regard to the public buildings sector, as part of the reconstruction of the country, it should be noted that several achievements have been made, including:
In the context of own resources financing:
The construction of the Government building;
The rehabilitation of the 7 buildings of the “le royal” site
The construction of municipal stadiums: Kindu, Matete, Barumbu, Binza-Delvaux and Bandalugwa which is being finalized,
The construction of five technical vocational schools in Uvira, Kalima, Tshikapa, Gungu and Mbandaka;
The pediatric surgery center at the Ngaliema Clinic;
Rehabilitation of buildings and equipment of Universities and Higher Institutes;
Construction of Kindu University and Kalemie University underway;
As part of the financing on the Sino Congolese program:
The construction of the Cinquantenaire Hospital;
The ongoing construction of the Goma, Bunia and Kalemie stadiums;
In the context of cooperation:
The National Institute Pilot of Health Sciences Teaching, in acronym INPESSS, with Japan;
The Lubumbashi General Reference Hospital with the People’s Republic of China;
the new administrative building on the site ex. Tembe na Tembe, with the People’s Republic of China,
the rehabilitation of the Martyrs Stadium with the People’s Republic of China;
the construction of courts and tribunals across provinces with the European Union;
the ongoing construction of the National Museum of Kinshasa with the Republic of Korea;
This list is not exhaustive.
Honourable Members of the Bureau,
Regarding the second question relating to the implementation rates of the work undertaken since I was in charge of this ministry, the data relating to them are presented in detail according to the management agencies of the different projects in the tables attached.
It should be pointed out that, taking into account the new territorial division, within the framework of the Revolution of Modernity, my ministry allocates an initial amount of USD500,000 for the rehabilitation of roads in the capitals of each province, in the framework of the road maintenance program, to carry out projects defined in accordance with the priorities set by the provincial executives. These projects are financed by FONER resources.
As for the third question, relating to the concentration of the Ministry’s interventions in the city of Kinshasa and in the eastern provinces of the Republic, I would rather like to reassure Hon. MAYAMBA MASSAKA Serge of the national character of the work carried out by my ministry.
Indeed, the Government of the Republic has never intended to favor one corner of the national territory to the detriment of another, and can in no way carry out actions aimed at devoting the abandonment of any given province. the Republic, as you can see from the details provided in the tables.
Such an affirmation can only result from a lack of communication on our part, on the actions in progress, on those already carried out or those to be done in the short, medium and long term.
Following this, we are now committed to better communication.
It is true that the infrastructure needs are immense and that the resources currently available do not allow simultaneous large-scale actions to be carried out on the whole of the national territory, but it is nevertheless true that many actions are carried out. by the Government of the Republic of the Republic with the limited resources available to it, and him for the road sub-sector come mainly from FONER
With particular regard to the western and central areas of our great country, which are supposed to be abandoned, in the words used by the Hon. MAYAMBA MASSAKA Serge, allow me to list the following actions carried out by my ministry:
For the former Province of Ecuador:
There is going on:
The rehabilitation and maintenance of the Zongo- Gemena-Akula Road (385 km) as part of the Pro Routes Project co-financed by the World Bank and the Government of the Republic through the FONER. This project is monitored by the Infrastructure Unit of my Ministry and I personally wanted to visit this road in its entirety;
The maintenance of the road Gemena -Karawa -Mombanza -Gbadolite (300 km) by the Office of Roads as part of the Road Maintenance Program 2017 financed by the FONER, which I personally proceeded to the launch of work in the month September of this year;
Road works and erosion control in the cities of Gemena, Lisala, Boende and Gbadolite executed by the Office of Roads and Drainage as part of the Road Maintenance Program 2017 financed by the FONER.
The rehabilitation and modernization of ITELA Avenue in Mbandaka for USD 4,258,868 as part of the World Bank-financed Urban Development Project;
Scheduling repairs and transporting the former 35-tonne Kisangani ferry to Zongo City as part of PER 2017;
The Akula tank bailout and repair program as part of PER 2017
The provision of a ferry crossing 15T to the city of Bolomba;
The following interventions are planned under PER 2018;
Maintenance of the Akula-Lisala road;
Maintenance of the Mbandaka – Ingende-Bolomba road;
Maintenance of the Mbandaka-Bikoro-Inongo road;
Maintenance of the Kiri-Bikoro road;
Maintenance of the Mbandaka-Boende-Ikela road;
Maintenance of the Ikela-Lomela road;
The continuation of road works in all provincial capitals.
Also planned in 2018, in the context of the PROROUTES, the following interventions;
Continued maintenance of the Zongo-Gemena-Akula road (385Km);
The rehabilitation and maintenance of the Gemena-Karawa-Businga -Mombanza-Gbadolite-Mobayi (300 Km) and Businga- Lisala- Bumba-Bunduki (535 Km)
For Central Kongo Province
The rehabilitation of the road Boma -Matadi (111 Km) and the widening of the section Mpozo Bridge -Rond-point Ex.24 November (5 km) in lza vile of Matadi, the construction of the Boulevard Joseph Kabila in the city of Boma ( 14 km), the construction and paving of the Boma- Moanda – Banana road (114). These actions are carried out under the concession RB1 Kinshasa – Matadi – Boma – Moanda;
The rehabilitation of the Malanga-Luozi road (95 km) and the distribution of the Luozi ferry by the Office des Routes, as part of the PER 2017;
The rehabilitation of the Mbanza-Ngungu-Nkamba road (75 Km) as part of the PER 2017
the acquisition of the Mfidi Bridge (52 ml)
the imminent rehabilitation of the RN16 road (Inkisi-Ngidinga-Kimvula-Lubish) and reconstruction of 4 bridges, including the Mfidi bridge by the Office des Routes under the PER 2017;
the imminent acquisition of the Libongo Bridge
III. For the former province of Bandundu
The construction of the Batshamba-Loange Bridge road (114 km) of which 106 are completed, as part of the cooperation with the European Union;
The construction and paving of the crossing of the town of Idiofa (7km) under the supervision of the ACGT, within the framework of the Sino6Congolais Program;
The rehabilitation of the Ngampoko Bridge and the reopening of the Bolobo-Yumbi road (60 Km);
The planned rehabilitation of the Petit Kasaï-Bulungu (75 km) and Bulungu-Kikwit (80 km) roads as part of the 2017 PRD, the Batshamba-Gungu-Kakobola Dam (70 km);
The planned rehabilitation of the Popokabaka ferry;
The upcoming rehabilitation of the RN16, Bukangalonzo-Popokabaka stretch;
For the former provinces of Kasaï Occidental and Kasaï Oriental
The construction of the RN1, Pont Loange-Pont Lovua section (65km) financed by the African Development Bank;
The signature of the contracts of 120,000,000 USD for the paving of the RN1, sections Lovua6Tshikapa Bridge (57 Km) and Tshikapa-Kamwesha (87km), financed by the ADB;
The signing of a contract for the modernization of the RN1 between Kananga, central Kasai and Nguba in Lualaba, 1,082 km long, with the company AFECC;
The rehabilitation of the Mbuji-mayi-Mwene-Ditu road (16 km out of 138) under the Sino-Congolese Program;
The rehabilitation of the Lubilanji Bridge on the border of the provinces of Lomami and Haut Lomami;
The erosion control work in the cities of Tshikapa and Mbuji-Mayi, including the famous erosion “Mbata wa Tshitolo”;
The financing of urgent rehabilitation works on Kasai Bridge in Tshikapa;
The assignment of a ferry crossing of 15 T for crossing the Lovua River.
Honorable Speaker of the National Assembly,
Honourable Members of the Bureau,
As I said in the introduction, I had to report to the Congolese population through the National Representation, so that everyone could be aware of the achievements of my ministry. However, to meet the concerns of the Hon. Mayamba Massaka Serge, I presented the details of the projects according to the management agencies and according to the areas of coverage on the extent of the national territory.
I would like to point out, however, that the concept of road infrastructure is globalizing in the sense that a road connects different poles. The concern should be to obtain the reunification of the national territory by ensuring links between the different chief towns and different poles of economic development through the complementarity of road projects and not isolated and scattered interventions, limited in territories without other outlets.
Once again, I express the wish to see the allocation of substantial budgetary resources to the Infrastructure sector in general, and road transport in particular, in the financial laws of the coming years, in order to reach satisfactory levels in relation to the immense needs of our country.
God bless our country
Long live the Democratic Republic of Congo
The new electoral bill is finally here. It has been, since last Wednesday, on the table of the Honourable Minaku Ndjalandjoko Aubin, President of the Bureau of the National Assembly. The M17, heard the Movement of May 17, having read its contents, immediately reacted. He welcomed, in part, the innovations made. Because, in addition to these last, this centrist party calls for the reform of the CENI but also and especially, with the decentralisation of the power of publication of the results of the elections. Thus, each electoral district, he proposes, will have to be autonomous. Augustin Kikukama, President of the M17, explained it enough yesterday, Sunday, November 19, in front of the press. “How can we ensure that we have good elections, how to ensure that at least 90% of elected representatives are really the will of those who voted?” He asked, before shouting that never again elected from a list that was concocted in the compilation maneuvers that are done in Kinshasa. “We give voices to people who do not have any; I think what we can do is reforms to get a good election, ” he adds. And, the most important reforms for Kikukama is first the CENI and the electoral law. That this electoral law, hammered the President of M17, decentralizes the power of publication of the results of the polls. That there is no more compilation in Kinshasa. Each constituency proclaims its results and assumes criminal responsibility when there are cases of fraud. Because in his opinion, it is at the level of the compilation of the results that things are spoiled.
The new electoral bill is, since last Wednesday, on the table of the Speaker of the National Assembly, the Honorable Aubin Minaku. This law, the adoption and promulgation of which were included among the constraints raised by the CENI and likely to compromise compliance with the electoral calendar, should in principle be examined without delay. This new bill has, indeed, experienced some innovations in particular, as regards the method of calculating the distribution of seats, which will be based on the number of voters enlisted. It will now also be a question of a threshold determined by a percentage as regards the lists of candidates. And, finally, help to moralise political actors, by strengthening the conditions of eligibility.
According to this bill, the electoral quotient is obtained by dividing the number of enlisted voters of the DRC and not the number of inhabitants enumerated in the country, by the number of seats to be filled in the National Assembly which is 500. At the provincial level, the number of seats is obtained by dividing the total number of voters enlisted in the province by the electoral quotient. The same applies to each electoral district where the number of seats is obtained by dividing the number of electors of the place by the same quotient. As a result, the representatives threshold is determined at the national level at 3%. That is, only the list of political parties and groups or independents of 3% will be allocated seats after the election. However, in single-seat constituencies, only the candidate with the highest number of votes is elected. Finally, with regard to the moralisation of political actors, the project provides for the regulation of cases of independent candidates who hold an elected office or any other public mandate on behalf of a political party or group. The latter must, under penalty of inadmissibility of his candidacy, establish the proof of his resignation which must occur at the latest three months before the stage of filing of candidatures. In other words, if an actor wants to stand as an independent for an election to be held in December, he must leave his party or group three months before, in September.
A march provokes a counter-march in Kinshasa and in the provinces of the country. The least we can say is that the Majority and the Gathering want, oddly, to walk at the same time and the same day of Tuesday, November 28, 2017. The Majority will, it seems, support the calendar. While the Rally, through a demonstration of the forces, will rather reject it.
Pro and anti-calendar?
The electoral calendar divides more than it unites the political actors around the issue of the holding of free, transparent, fair, democratic and peaceful elections on the horizon at the end of December 2018. At the Opposition, more specifically at the Gathering of Political and Social Forces Acquired to change, this calendar carries the seeds of inapplicability. As it stands, with so many constraints, this calendar, after the analysis of the Gathering, can neither bring the Congolese people to the polls, nor devote the democratic alternation so much desired in the governing bodies of the country. False, retort one, to the Majority. According to her, the Opposition, which was keen on asking for the timetable, has only to prepare for the elections whose schedule, as published on November 5, 2017, is a response to one of its main demands.
Like what, between the Majority and the Gathering, it is the language of the deaf. But, to do battle, the Rally is planning a protest march for Tuesday, November 28th. The information has been repeatedly confirmed by the officials at both the base and the Council of Wise Platform born in Genval, the time Etienne Tshisekedi, died February 1, 2017 in Brussels and whose body no was neither repatriated to Kinshasa, nor buried in N’sele, still held the banner of the fight and waved yellow and red cards at the place of power as President Kabila’s late second and last December 19, 2016, before it obviously benefits from an extension of twelve months, based on the agreement of the New Year’s Eve, concluded after direct discussions, organized under the aegis of Bishops, at the Interdiocesan Center. And, curiously, the same day of November 28, the Majority projects, in turn, a march of support to the calendar.
Already, in view of the perceptible collusion between the fighters and militants of these two major political camps, it is feared that this results in a situation likely to degenerate into a confrontation with biceps, uppercuts, knives or, then to the weapon whose consequences would be immeasurable. Why did you choose the same day to demonstrate for or against the calendar? Who will authorize these demonstrations to take place across the country and, in particular, in Kinshasa, the seat of the institutions? What is the strategy of going out on the street instead of meeting around a table, discussing this calendar or, at the very least, imagining the political solution to the case of Elections within the time limits provided for in the Agreement, by 31 December 2017, at the latest, at the end of the extension of 12 months and the lapse of the Agreement and the review of the implementation of the confidence-building measures whose thorny issue is the consensual management of the new transition post-December 31, 2017 and the political easing until the elections at the end of December 2018?
The sentence of the Bishops
Meanwhile, from November 22 to 24, 2017, the Bishops will be in extraordinary general assembly. For them, it will be a question of examining in substance the New Year’s Eve Agreement, the timetable and, if necessary, the constraints expressed. Those who, of course, sponsored the direct discussions, would have a say and some recommendations to make. As much as they can, the appointment is made for November 24, the day of the closing of their assizes.
Udps: the conclave of Tshibala …
As we approach the riots of November 28, the current Prime Minister, Bruno Tshibala Nzenzhe, convenes, for its part, the fighters and executives of the Udps in conclave. Moreover, such a demonstration, far from making the happiness of Kabund, Felix Tshisekedi and Augustin Kabuya, could only ignite the climate within the UDPS which, however, is deleterious, since the disappearance of Etienne Tshisekedi, the lider maximo, warns an impartial observer, under the seal of anonymity.
All these ingredients together suggest that we will first be at a very hectic start to the week, with the same Tshibala expected in Parliament, for the presentation of Budget 2018, with a series of justifications for the implementation of the 2017 budget. as well as a nod to accountability for the 2016 fiscal year. Two former Prime Ministers who recently had to fight each other through the press will be back in the limelight.
In a letter addressed to the Secretary General of JED, on November 3, 2017, the day after the publication of the Report on the state of freedom of press and expression in DR Congo, the Director General ai of the National Insurance Company (SONAS), Carole Agito, solicits the “understanding of JED” for the removal of her name from the list of “torturers of freedom of information”. For the sake of “fairness and justice,” she suggests.
In its 2017 report, JED publishes, among other things, a list containing the names of some fifteen personalities presented as the “killers of information in 2017”.
Ms. Carole Agito is on this list because of her involvement in the arrest and detention of journalist Serge Kabongo for about 6 months in the Makala Central Prison, which accused him of embezzlement.
In her letter to JED, Ms. Carole Agito recalls the ins and outs of this case that had pitted him against journalist Serge Kabongo, director of the newspaper “Métro News”. She claims to have, in her time, and to show her good faith, “verbally withdrawn her complaint,” as a result of a letter of apology sent by the journalist from prison.
She also said that she renounced her civil interests by avoiding appearing before the Gombe Peace Court in charge of this case.
While taking note of this right of reply, JED urges Mrs. Carole Agito to privilege from now on the ways of the professional conciliation, every time that she feels aggrieved by a writing of press.
As a reminder, Serge Kabongo, director of the newspaper “Metro News”, published in Kinshasa, was arrested on January 6, 2017, without any mandate by a group of plainclothes agents, accompanied by the press officer of Sonas who had dragged him into an ambush. The journalist was detained for approximately six months in Makala Central Prison, for publishing in the No. 36 edition of his newspaper on January 5, 2017, an article entitled: “Scandal in the direction of the Sonas: $ 1,300,000 diverted “.
Leadership according to the model Jesus Christ: the holistic salvation of man ”. This is the central theme of the 13th Prayer Luncheon, held this Saturday, November 11, 2017, in Kinshasa, at the Pullman Grand Hotel. In front of several distinguished guests, the main organisers of the institutions of the Republic as well as many visitors from other African countries and the world, Azarias Ruberwa Manywa, former Vice-President of the Republic under the Empire 1 +4 and, currently, Minister of State for Decentralisation, took the opportunity to invite all Congolese political leaders to draw inspiration from the model of Jesus Christ, the Lord of Lords. Moreover, with regard to peace, love of neighbour and charity, he recommended, the model of Jesus Christ is the only one capable of helping this country, R & D. Congo, to take off again differently, taking a new momentum. He particularly implored the grace of Jesus Christ for the peaceful electoral process, the one whose deadlines were recently unveiled by the Electoral Central. This would certainly make it possible to demarcate the political actors democratically, at the end of the next elections. According to him, lasting peace is about the will of everyone, of giving priority to the general interest, preserving the unity of the country and promoting collective well-being.
Back to the centrality of God?
In Congo DRC, it is since more than a decade, indeed, that the leaders meet in the most varied fields of the national life. Members of Parliament, the Government and other institutions, those of civil society, the religious world, businessmen and diplomats usually meet around Jesus Christ to discuss the socio-political situation. and economic, different multiform crises that, decidedly, no longer require only human efforts but, rather, the return to the centrality of God in the daily life of the Congolese people to hope for an ultimate response to the problems that Congo DRC is today confronted.
Under the auspices of the Honorary Vice-President of the Republic and currently Minister of State for Decentralisation, Mr. Azarias Ruberwa, this prayer luncheon was also aimed at putting the entire electoral process, which he no longer wishes, to elsewhere, to see being fought, in the hands of the Lord so that this country, finally, take a considerable momentum towards a true peace and democracy.
Azarias Ruberwa has also asked many questions about the current situation which, after all, makes the Congolese people more peaceful.
Why, he says, in a country that is home to about 90% of Christians and a huge geographic potential, emergence remains a real equation that no one has been able to solve since the dawn of time? He asked himself. Blocking of institutions, multi-sectoral crises, twisting of the electoral process, etc. Is it not time to invoke the Almighty? In any case, he believes that there are more and more socio-political leaders who, today, have become aware of their responsibilities and have decided to take the destiny of Congo DRC in hands, by applying the program of action of Jesus Christ, to manage to preach the love, the goodness, the charity, the sacrifice to the place of the Congolese people, to get it out of the quagmire.
Yet, thanks to the vision and values of good leaders, a comprehensive work between the Government, civil society and businessmen, the country can develop in record time, have supported, more than one At this 13th prayer lunch, most of the participants came from other countries of the world.
Live every day like Sunday …
In front of the Prime Minister Bruno Tshibala, the Ministers of Labor and Social Security and Land Affairs, the President of the Electoral Center, Corneille Nangaa, the Honorable Members Laurent Batumona and José Engbanda and, of course, several personalities, both national and international, this lunch had to bring in prayer for the Congolese nation, Africa, the world and the national leaders in order to make the Congolese people aware and remind everyone of their duty on earth, and as it was so well said Azarias Ruberwa. “Live every day like a Sunday,” he insists, in addition.
13 years already
Here in Congo DRC, it is in 2004, while the country was in crisis, that this meeting of the national breakfast, headed by Azarias Ruberwa, had taken its first roots.
For 13 years, Congolese and foreign leaders have never tired of meeting, discussing and praying for a favourable situation in Congo DRC and to put God in everyone’s business.
This thirteenth meeting, held November 11, 2017 at Pullman GH, comes after a two-day leadership seminar.
Placed under the theme of this year’s “Model Leadership of Jesus Christ: The Holistic Salvation of Man”, it should be noted that many people are determined to make a difference in this country through the good faith, self-awareness, love of neighbor, but also, thanks to Jesus Christ who gives holistic salvation to man so that he reaches his full development, thus leading to the development of the Congolese community or nation, herself.
We should go back to the 1950s, when there were several political and social difficulties in America, as well as wars that were fashionable at the time, to see an American President take the lead to create a collective that brought together a few members of the Senate and Congress to discuss all of these issues before going to the obvious that the only solution was to turn to Jesus Christ to pray, sharing a common meal around a table.
And this has been going on for more than 63 years, with the concept spread throughout the world in more than 150 cells that bring together several leaders where they associate Jesus Christ in their debates focused primarily on the problems of their countries, Africa but also of the world.
The plenary of Friday, November 10, 2017 has been quite unusual in its progress. Back from a few days in the hemicycle, the Opposition, through the Honorable Toussaint Alonga, made use of an incidential motion to clear its substance an oral question with debate initiated by the Deputy Elvis Mutiri wa Bashara to José Makila Sumanda, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister in charge of Transport. This question concerned the import of 20-year-old used cars in the DRC and their harmful consequences for the environment. According to Deputy Toussaint Alonga, who presented the said motion, the matter criticised by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Transport is transversal. In so far as it concerns four Ministers who had signed the document at the time of the making of this decision under the Badibanga Government.
These are the Ministers of Finance, Economy, Trade and Transport. In principle, said Deputy Allsaint Alonga, it is the four Ministers who should answer this oral question with debate initiated by the Deputy Elvis Mutiri. ” The decree of 4 April 2017 modifying and completing that of 2012 is a question of transversal and multidisciplinary competence that refers to the general policy of the Government, because, he argued, he was countersigned by four Ministers from different sectors including Economics, Finance, Foreign Trade and Transport and Communication Channels, ‘he said. But he was surprised that the VPM and Minister of Transport was the only guest. Or, then, stressed Toussaint Alonga, it is the Prime Minister who normally should answer since it is a Prime Minister who had signed the decree, Samy Badibanga not to quote it.
Alonga saves Makila
It will be recalled that the Parliamentary Opposition slammed the door of the Chamber because of the incidential motion presented by the majority during the motion of no confidence against the VPM Ramazani Shadary and the Minister of State Alexis Thambwe Mwamba.
Did the same Opposition, which criticised the Speaker of the National Assembly for stifling the debate by accepting incidental motions, contradict each other? Asked a certain opinion. Ironically, reiterate his opponents, the same Opposition, better the same Deputy Toussaint Alonga who personally initiated a petition against Minaku for the aforementioned reasons, it is also he who has now come with the incidental motion to stifle the debate since VPM Makila is responsible for his department. The Opposition, it is said, is caught in its own trap. What about the passport issue, which is also cross-cutting when we know that the question involves the Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs and the Interior where the debate took place? MP She Okitundu had, at the time, answered Members’ questions on this issue. What will the Opposition say now when the Majority wavers the same motion to oppose any initiative coming from it? The question is asked.
No more question of distraction with the proliferation of absurd discussions or idle circumlocutions. Let’s go to the elections! ”. Clear message, speech adapted to the political situation of the moment. Now, at the CDER, things are taken seriously, since the CENI published, on November 5, the new calendar setting the elections to December 23, 2018. Officers and activists, leagues around Jean-Lucien Bussa Tongba, are ready to wash the affront, in these polls which, after several postponements, were, this time, confirmed for December 2018. “We recommend that the Government quickly send the electoral law to the National Assembly and that the Enrollment process is accelerating. Most of the time is the elections scheduled for 2018, which interest us the most. The road to the street is not worth it, “said Jean-Lucien Bussa Tongba on Saturday, November 11, in Kasa-Vubu, on the occasion of the inauguration of a brand new seat of the Renewing Democrats Movement, his own political party. He said it so well, from the top of the platform erected for the occasion, to allow him to commune with the entire tide made up of activists, cadres and sympathizers of the party, who came from all over the city-Province of Kinshasa, to know a little more about the orientations mainly focused on the prospects in relation to the electoral deadlines. To be honest, the Renewing Democrats of R & D. Congo, led by Bussa, elected from Budjala on the blessed lands of former Ecuador and Minister of State in charge of Foreign Trade, are launched on the ground, for preparations to win several seats in Parliament, during the games elections in 2018.
Bussa aims, indeed, the top 5 of the first parties that will gain the most possible seats both at national level and at the provincial level.
Executives and activists learned from their leader this weekend. They are, in fact, embarked on this vision of preparing, right now, the victory instead of believing in a miracle fortuitous.
Bussa believes, hard as iron, that it must be seriously worked to deserve to be ranked pole position, when the time comes. The message thus launched is part of the implementation of the electoral calendar, as published on 5 November 2017 by the CENI.
At the CDER, Bussa also thinks that there is no longer any question of spending time talking or discussing. Enough is enough ! We just need people to prepare for the elections. That is all. The rest is, in his opinion, only trivial. Hence, the mobilization he launched this Saturday, November 11, 2017 until elections 2018.
What about the CDER?
The CDER is a political party officially recognized since December 17, 2013, by the ministerial decree n ° 100 bearing registration of a political party. The trend of the Rénovateurs Democrats, CDER, is a party of men and women concerned about the multiform crisis that the Democratic Republic of Congo has been going through for several years and highlighted by insecurity in the country, the poverty that 71% of the population, as well as the backwardness of the country, according to all economic and social indicators, to the other countries of the world. This, in contradiction with the immense economic potentialities available to the Democratic Republic of Congo. “We are together for a strong ambition: that of an emerging Congo and a dignified people. Yes, a strong and prosperous Congo is possible! A rapid and radical change is possible. It depends only on the determination of the elites and the mobilisation of all the forces of the nation. We defend democratic principles, the promotion of moral values, respect for the rule of law, the promotion of fundamental freedoms, respect for the principles of equality and equity; the respect of economic and social rights for a Congo whose vocation is to join the circle of emerging countries and a socially fulfilled people. We highlight, the role of the elites and the effective involvement of the entire population to achieve the desired qualitative change “is the premise of the CDER, a party dear to the worthy son of Ecuador, Jean-Lucien Bussa , its National President.
The current vision of the Renewing Democrats is based on the belief that the difference between states today rests on the quality of leadership.
Hence, the ambition would be to offer the Congolese a credible and visionary alternative leadership for quality governance that derives from effective institutions, held by an ambitious and responsible elite.
In doing so, the CDER advocates the fact that it is possible to break the contradiction: “DRC, a country with immense natural potential and populations among the poorest in the world”. The Renewing Democrats’ Stream advocates, in fact, the restoration of R & D. Congo in the geostrategic, economic and social position that corresponds to its true dimension, and the Congolese people in their lost dignity.
The purpose of the CDER’s struggle is to place the country in the orbit of the developed countries, and to restore the dignity of the Congolese.
It is in this perspective that it addresses topics of national interest in order to find structural and practical answers.
Aware of his political struggle, undoubtedly realistic, the National President of the Current of the Renewable Democrats, the Honourable Jean-Lucien Bussa did not hesitate, during the inaugural ceremony of the national headquarters, Saturday, November 11 last, to reaffirm the availability of its elite to face, without fear, or shame, the polls by the end of 2018, as planned in the calendar published on November 5 last. Thought precedes action, he argues, at the CDER.
He has neither the habit nor the quality to summon musicians. And yet, Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, Cardinal of this state and Metropolitan Archbishop of Kinshasa, has indeed crossed the rubicund. He was, in fact, the initiator of a meeting organised on Friday, November 10, in the Cathedral Notre Dame du Congo, with Congolese musicians, many to listen to him. But what was it? Many questions remain on this subject. But, to see it up close, some political exegeses denounce, a prior, the beginning of a Plan B, behind this kind of new strategy of gain of souls.
Far from a simple Mass, as one could imagine, it was, rather, a working session, a call to the conscience and the patriotic awakening that would go in the direction of accompany the Bishops and the country towards a future change.
The opportunity has thus been given to the analysts, after all, to be lost in conjectures on the merits of such a session at this crucial moment when the whole country is negotiating a final turn towards pluralistic elections, according to the a calendar that was, fortunately, published on November 5 by the Central Electoral Office.
Some think that, like some insidious contacts, the Monsengwo-Musicians face-to-face is one of them. It hides a face that they call, simply, “black mass”, because of its motivations and bases difficult to decipher.
This makes the most extremist among these analysts say that a punt would always be in perspective in R & D. Congo. And that in such a case, the Congolese authorities should prepare, logically, to deal with it.
And yet, there is nothing to indicate that by resorting to this type of methodology to access the mysteries of power, peace would be guaranteed and the unity of the country preserved. Nothing, then nothing at all, offers the slightest prospect of an upturn, if we ever resorted to methods, once decried to try to recover the power we no longer had on the street, direct discussions, as announced by the Bishops, from December 8, 2016 to March 27, 2017, at the Interdiocesan Center.
The royal road, the only one left, after all these apocalyptic plans and the schemas of chaos, is to go to the elections.
Now, on that, the calendar has been published. Deadlines are fixed. In Parliament, the laws will be gradually passed, while the government and external partners will fight to gather the logistical, material, human and financial, to materialize this laborious and expensive electoral process, at the end of December 2018. And that if all is well, the discount-recovery, scheduled for January 12, 2019, will be without a shot.
On the other hand, leaving this electoral scheme with all the calls for peace and nourishing the ambitions to return to unconstitutional methods, to seize power, is to plunge the country in the footsteps of a march backwards.
Visibly, from the beginning, the meeting Monsengwo-Musicians does not display its true deep reasons. But, those who pass it to the prism of criticism, think it participates in the beginning of a game whose fears are transverse and longitudinal.