Pierre Lumbi, Olivier Kamitatu & G7: The Shortfall Reading of a Sole 220 Article?


The political game in the Democratic Republic of Congo enters in a hot season as the time runs towards 2016 electoral deadlines. These deadlines call attention for politicians to position themselves through any possible manoeuver. Manoeuvers come in as alignment, misalignment; agreements as well disagreements over a single article of the whole constitution, that is 220. These manoeuvers keep flowing all over the doors to the extent they may be spotted as opportunism so long as we’ve slightly heard disagreement over embezzlement, unequal redistribution of resources or the 40% provincial revenues. Are these aspects not interesting the politics or they just need to wait until occupying the State House?

The recent dissidence hits the Presidential Majority over a suspected gamble leading to power cling of the incumbent president, though he hasn’t yet announce it openly. The ‘catapult’ of the G7 group follows the flop within the pre-dialogue between UDPS versus majority on power or specifically the ruling party, PPRD. For the sake of clarification, the G7 is a group of political parties (MSR, ARC, PDC, ACO, UNAFEC, UNADEF, and ADP) that formed the Presidential Majority since 2011. The group might be composed of influential individuals to extent of considering that the dissidence constitutes another inside-blow since the “faux penalties’’. Among the dissidents, the controversial Kyungu wa Kumwanza as well as Christian Mwambo Simba, who may represent a certain portion of the Katanga voters. The reader interested in the content of the G7’s Memo, click on the image below to get what went wrong.

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G7_Memo to Joseph Kabila

The inside-revolt within the presidential majority has led to a demise of Olivier Kamitatu Etsu, the Minister of Planning and Modernity Revolution. The President Special Envoy in Charge of Security, Pierre Lumbi Okongo has also been sacked for implicitly being responsible of MSR’s decision to petition the president. All these political falling into dissidence parties might have supported the ruling party in different dimensions. They can even be suspected of having shared everything which an ordinary citizen blames the ruling party for failing to. Despite a large area of interest that existed before, it’s time to split and leave what is considered as the shrinking boat. It’s ever late to do the right thing? Of course, at the time someone realizes it, the better is changing but not as matter of opportunism.

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Olivier Kamitatu

However, as the blogger defends strongly the constitution respect, the aim of the article is about reminding the reader to keep watching how politics is roughly the ‘dirty game”. I predicted the dissidence among the ruling party since the US secretary of State announced publicly that his country wouldn’t ever support ‘President à Vie’. Based on John Kerry’s declaration, it predicted already that the ruling party will inevitably be facing insurgency from the inner circle of it. Unfortunately, there is a possibility of considering these agitations as mechanisms of everyone looking as an angel so long as most of politicians see 2016 as an end of ruling party. It is also fair to think that as we approach the 2016, dissidence will be probably getting larger and larger, specifically within the PPRD.

In addition, the insurgency will be probably coming from the Katanga Province for the single reason of fearing to lose power. These forms of dissidence involving power control won’t leave the army unaffected. Consequently, an advised observer can predict everything in a near future that would be responded by repression in case the ruling party keeps gambling on clinging to power. Nonetheless, whatever motivation for dissidence, the blogger wonders how these guys (politicians) do read the constitution.

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Pierre Lumbi

Since the struggle and campaigns of “NeTouchePasMaConstitution”, “NeTouchePasMon220”, it seems as if the constitution has only one Single Article; that is, 220. Even that one, a interested reader may wonder the way it gets interpreted when it covers several aspects than presidential mandate. For the sake of bringing close our understanding on the matter, the blogger requests the reader to check it again. It stipulates “La forme républicaine de l’Etat, le principe du suffrage universel, la forme représentative du Gouvernement, le nombre et la durée des mandats du Président de la République, l’indépendance du pouvoir judiciaire, le pluralisme politique et syndical, ne peuvent faire l’objet d’aucune révision constitutionnelle. Est formellement interdite toute révision constitutionnelle ayant pour objet ou pour effet de réduire les droits et libertés de la personne ou de réduire les prérogatives des provinces et des entités territoriales décentralisées.

When considering the 220 article, it looks clear that presidential mandate won’t be revised, that’s fine. Nevertheless, it covers other features from which, politicians can’t state that they are well and all respected. Why didn’t we have seen gathering, demonstration advocating for keeping constitutional all responsibilities of provinces and decentralized entities as well. Can anyone convince me that article 36, 48 and specifically 58 aren’t worth important as does 220? If so, why will always politics misleading us while it may constitute another game to control our resources. The blogger still feeling that changing camps, forming alliance, establishing new political parties may unlikely bring solutions to the DRC crises. Elections can be held by respecting constitutional deadlines while not bringing changes to the socio-economic conditions of an ordinary citizen. Thus, there is a need of focusing on establishing strong institutions that would restrain powerful people to interfere. It goes through putting in place an appropriate political and administrative system fitting socio-cultural diversities. Do you think differently?

NTANYOMA R. Delphin

Secrétaire Exécutif & Coordonnateur

Appui au Développement Intégré &

à la Gouvernance (ADIG)

Compte Twitter @delphino12

Blog: www.edrcrdf.wordpress.com

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