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Lokuta eyaka na ascenseur, kasi vérité eyei na escalier mpe ekomi. Lies come up in the elevator; the truth takes the stairs but gets here eventually. - Koffi Olomide

Ésthetique eboma vélo. Aesthetics will kill a bicycle. - Felix Wazekwa

Friday, April 27, 2012

Supreme Court passes verdict on legislative vote

The Congolese Supreme Court issued a verdict on some of the legislative election disputes yesterday. I have posted a list of the decisions here. In general, the court went against some weighty interests, including by invalidating the two brothers of election commissioner Ngoy Mulunda (other members of the presidential majority took their places), as well as heavyweights like Jean-Jacques Mutuale (MLC), Anzuluni Bembe (opposition, former Mobutu strongman), Colette Tshomba (former deputy minister), Jean-Claude Baende (majority, governor of Equateur) and Jerome Kamate (opposition, former deputy minister).

The list comprises 32 invalidations of elected MPs; most of the disputes were among members of the ruling coalition. If I am counting correctly, three opposition MPs lost their seats to the ruling coalition, while the opposite does not seem to have occurred.

At the same time, the Supreme Court called for the remaining results from the rest of the country to be released, reversing the election commission's cancellation of the legislative vote everywhere except for Masisi, where a new vote will need to be held.

14 comments:

David Aronson said...

And do you have a sense that these decisions were based on the merits or on various sub rosa political arrangements?

Anonymous said...

i had the same question as, David.

actually, it would be fairly interesting to know what judicial precedents were set in these decisions.

are there decisions public?

and, i'll be perfectly blunt (and happily political), whatever precedents were set
should be seized upon by the opposition to re-litigate the presidential elections.

just sayin'

jose

blaise said...

@ Jose,
I think it would be a waste of money and time to re-litigate the presidential election. I think the Supreme court's decisions are in first and last resort.
I believe that the fundamental problem here is accountability. In Congo, we don't have yet a system where people keep a tab of civil or military servants.
Organizations like Asadho or Linelit are, in my opinion, too broad in their approach.
I believe that a more sector oriented approach will be beneficial politically and legally.
I think we should adopt Edgar Hoover's way, not to blackmail people but to know what to expect from any individual.
Maybe you can help me here : in your career, how do you lawyers have a feel for a judge? Do you study his precedents?

blaise said...

One more thing,
in Congo, we don't trust the judiciary. Politicians rather fight by media proxies than in front of a judge.
I believe that bringing more money in the judiciary will be a game changer. I don't think anybody, even a judge, will like to be painted as a corrupt person in national television.

blaise said...

Le congo qui marche :
http://www.jeuneafrique.com/Article/ARTJA20120426113941/cinema-kinshasa-rdc-thrillercinema-djo-tunda-wa-munga-kinshasa-dans-l-oeil-de-la-camera.html

Rich said...

BREAKING NEWS

Gvt Matata Cabinet members

Premier Ministre Matata Ponyo Mapon

Vice Premier Ministres

Budget: Daniel Mukoko Samba
Def Nat: Alexandre Lubal Tamu

Ministres

Aff Etrangères, CI, Francophonie: Raymond Tshibanda
Int, Securite, Decentr: Richard Muyej
Justice, DH: Wivine Mumba
Medias, relations avec parlement: Lambert Mende
Plan, suivi de revolution modernite: Celestin Vunabandi
Portefeuille: Louise Munga
Eco/Commerce: Jean-Paul Nomayato
Amenagement du territoire, urbanisme, habitat, TP/AT: Fridolin Kasweshi
Transport et voies de communications: Justin Kalumba
Environnement, Conservation de la nature et Tourisme: Louis Bavon Mputu
Mines: Martin Kabwelulu
Ressources hydrauliques et electricite: Bruno Kasanji Kalalasanji Kalala
Hydrocarbures: Crispin Atama
Industrie et PME: Remy Musungay
PTT, NTIC: Kin-Kiey Mulumba
Emploi, Travail et Prevoyance Sociale: Modeste Bahati Lukwebo
Sante: Felix Kabange Numbi
ESURS: Kyelo Lotama
EPSP: Maker Mwangu
Agriculture: Jean-Chrysostome Wahamiti
Affaires foncieres: Robert Mbuinga Bila
Affaires Sociales: Charles Nawej
Genre, famille: Genevieve Inagosi
Fonction Publique: Jean-Claude Kibala
Sport, Jeunesse, Culture et Arts: Banza Mukalay

No many sources have confirmed this but it comes from a reliable source close to the regime.

Rich

blaise said...

I'm surprised that he will bring Lambert Mende back. That won't exactly show a break from Muzito.
Triphon in the PTT? Did he got the technical basics know-how to turn it around?
Banza, idk, didn't he has that minister a while ago?

Anonymous said...

I'd add that this ministry:

Medias, relations avec parlement: Lambert Mende

also got the mandate for "initiation at the new citizenship". What does that means? Knowing the size and behaviour of the person I'd rather call him: "propaganda". It is a new form of mobutism... nothing good at the horizon

Rich said...

ORDONNANCE N° 12/004 DU 28 AVRIL 2012 PORTANT
NOMINATION DES VICE-PREMIERS MINISTRES, DES MINISTRES,
D’UN MINISTRE DELEGUE ET DES VICE-MINISTRES
Le Président de la République,
Vu la Constitution, telle que modifiée par la loi n° 11/002 du 20
janvier 2011 portant révision de certains articles de la Constitution du 18
février 2006, spécialement en ses articles 78, 79 et 90 ;
Vu l’Ordonnance n° 12/003 du 18 avril 2012 portant nomination
d’un Premier Ministre ;
Revu l’Ordonnance n° 11/063 du 11 septembre 2011 portant
nomination des Vice-Premiers Ministres, des Ministres et des Vice-Ministres ;
Sur proposition du Premier Ministre ;
O R D O N N E :
Article 1er :
Sont nommées Vice-Premiers Ministres, les personnes ci-après :
1. Vice-Premier Ministre, Ministre Budget :
Monsieur Daniel MUKOKO SAMBA
2. Vice-Premier Ministre, Ministre de la Défense Nationale et Anciens
Combattants
Monsieur Alexandre LUBA NTAMBO
2
Article 2 :
Sont nommées Ministres aux fonctions en regard de leurs noms, les personnes
ci-après :
1. Affaires Etrangères, Coopération Internationale et Francophonie
Monsieur Raymond TSHIBANDA N’TUNGAMULONGO
2. Intérieur, Sécurité, Décentralisation et Affaires Coutumières
Monsieur Richard MUYEJ MANGEZ
3. Justice et Droits Humains :
Madame Wivine MUMBA MATIPA
4. Médias, chargé des Relations avec le Parlement et de l’Initiation à la
Nouvelle Citoyenneté:
Monsieur Lambert MENDE OMALANGA
5. Plan et Suivi de la Mise en oeuvre de la Révolution de la Modernité :
Monsieur Célestin VUNABANDI KANYAMIHIGO
6. Portefeuille
Madame Louise MUNGA MESOZI
7. Economie et Commerce :
Monsieur Jean Paul NEMOYATO BEGEPOLE
8. Aménagement du Territoire, Urbanisme, Habitat, Infrastructures, Travaux
Publics et Reconstruction :
Monsieur Fridolin KASWESHI
9. Transports et Voies de Communication
Monsieur Justin KALUMBA MWANA NGONGO
10. Environnement, Conservation de la Nature et Tourisme
Monsieur Bavon N’SA MPUTU ELIMA
11. Mines
Monsieur Martin KABWELULU
12. Ressources Hydrauliques et Electricité
Monsieur Bruno KAPANJI KALALA
3
13. Hydrocarbures
Monsieur Crispin ATAMA TABE
14. Industrie, Petites et Moyennes Entreprises
Monsieur Remy MUSUNGAYI BAMPALE
15. Postes, Télécommunications et Nouvelles Technologies de l’Information et
de la Communication
Monsieur Triphon KIN KIEY MULUMBA
16. Emploi, Travail et Prévoyance Sociale
Monsieur Modeste BAHATI LUKWEBO
17. Santé Publique
Monsieur Félix KABANGE NUMBI MUKWAMPA
18. Enseignement Supérieur, Universitaire et Recherche Scientifique
Monsieur CHELO LOTSIMA
19. Enseignement Primaire, Secondaire et Professionnel
Monsieur Maker MWANGU FAMBA
20. Agriculture et Développement Rural
Monsieur Jean Chrisostome VAHAMWITI MUKESYAYIRA
21. Affaires Foncières
Monsieur Robert MBWINGA BILA
22. Affaires Sociales, Action Humanitaire et Solidarité Nationale
Monsieur Charles NAWEJ MUNDELE
23. Genre, Famille et Enfant
Madame Geneviève INAGOSI
24. Fonction Publique
Monsieur Jean Claude KIBALA
25. Jeunesse, Sports, Culture et Arts
Monsieur BANZA MUKALAYI NSUNGU
4
Article 3 :
Est nommé Ministre Délégué auprès du Premier Ministre, chargé des Finances:
Monsieur Patrice KITEBI KIBOL MVUL
Article 4 :

Rich said...

Article 4: Sont nommées Vice-Ministres aux fonctions en regard de leurs noms, les
personnes ci-après :

1. Vice-Ministre des Affaires Etrangères :
Monsieur TUNDA YA KASENDE

2. Vice-Ministre de la Coopération Internationale et Régionale
Monsieur Dismas MAGBENGU SWANA EMIN

3. Vice-Ministre de la Décentralisation et des Affaires Coutumières : Monsieur Egide NGOKOSO

4. Vice-Ministre des Droits Humains Madame SAKINA BINTI

5. Vice-Ministre du Plan Monsieur SADOCK BIGANZA

6. Vice-Ministre des Finances Monsieur Roger SHULUNGU RUNIKA

7. Vice-Ministre du Budget Madame ABAYUWE LISKA

8. Vice-Ministre de l’Enseignement Primaire, Secondaire et Professionnel : Madame Maguy RWAKABUBA

Article 5 : Sont abrogées, toutes les dispositions antérieures contraires à la présente Ordonnance.

Article 5 : Le Premier Ministre est chargé de l’exécution de la présente Ordonnance qui
entre en vigueur à la date de sa signature.

Fait à Kinshasa, le
Joseph KABILA KABANGE
Augustin MATATA PONYO MAPON Premier Ministre
Pour copie certifiée conforme à l’original

Le 28 avril 2012

Le Cabinet du Président de la République

Gustave BEYA SIKU

Directeur de Cabinet

Ray said...

@ Rich.Its not a REGIME,its a Government. Despite the challenges that the Congolese faced during their polls, at least they tried to organise an election. All elections face challenges one way or the other. What happened to the American elections when Bush was elected ? We all know that no elections are regarded as free and fair unless the opposition wins. Opposition parties should learn to fight on their own and stop being cry babies that use the international community to fight for their cause.

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