Political crisis in the DRC: Jeanine Mabunda removed from the presidency of the National Assembly

It is with great delay that the Congolese National Assembly began, Thursday, the examination of six petitions against the six members of its office, chaired by Jeanine Mabunda. It would seem that this delay is due to the strict control of people entering the congress hall of the People’s Palace, in order to avoid a repetition of the chair-beating fights which had, Tuesday, cast shame on the people. “Honorable” deputies, and which had pitted Tshisekedist deputies and activists on the one hand and Kabilist deputies and activists on the other.

The tshisekedists had announced that more than 300 deputies would appear on Thursday. Bet won since, finally, 486 deputies were present, according to the provisional office.

According to our colleague, the various petitions had collected between 229 and 250 signatures each, for a total of 500 deputies. The most signed petition was that calling for the departure of Jeanine Mabunda. Invited to speak before the Assembly to defend herself, before the vote on her departure, she apologized for her actions or remarks which could have hurt someone (she was criticized in particular for treating deputies in a way “haughty”) But claimed to have done her job according to the rules, contrary to the charges against her. Applauded by part of the room and booed by another, she was dismissed by 281 votes.

The Presidency wants to control the police

While we awaited the outcome of this institutional showdown, President Félix Tshisekedi assures his rear. According to a copy of a document from the general command of the Congolese police, arrived at The Free Belgium, its leader, Dieudonné Amuli Bahigwa, transmitted this Wednesday, December 9 to all the provincial commands “The strict instructions of the supreme commander”, the Head of State, on the movement of general and senior officers of the national police. “From now on, no officer of these categories can leave one province for another without the prior approval of the supreme commander and this through an authorization formally signed by the Military House of the President of the Republic.”

Félix Tshisekedi probably intends in this way to avoid any call to Kinshasa from hostile forces quartered in the provinces.

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