DRC: the tone rises between pro-Kabila and pro-Tshisekedi allied to the government

The Congolese National Assembly at the Palais du Peuple in Kinshasa. JUNIOR D. KANNAH / AFP

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In the Democratic Republic of Congo, tension persists at the top of the state, three days after the brief arrest last Saturday of the Deputy Prime Minister in charge of Justice, Célestin Tunda. An act which had angered Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga. Coming from the camp of ex-president Joseph Kabila, he had issued a statement in which he addressed the head of state, expressing his indignation.


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This communication, fallen like a knife , was perceived as injunctions by the caciques of the camp of President Félix Tshisekedi. Outraged by this communication, the pro-Tshisekedi ministers met on Monday with the Prime Minister and dissociated themselves from his statement.

We would like to point out here, that the Prime Minister had gathered us last Saturday to inform us of the events that were happening in our colleague, the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Justice, Célestin Tunda. We wish to clarify here that the content of this press release from the Prime Minister does not in any way reflect the informational content of our meeting on Saturday. The Prime Minister wanted to reassure us that he was the only initiator, that it had nothing to do with what we had received as information, during our meeting on Saturday.

Gilbert Kankonde, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Interior and Security

Pascal Mulegwa

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  • Félix Tshisekedi
  • Joseph Kabila

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