The National Assembly of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Saturday ratified the choice of Denis Kadima as president of the electoral commission during a stormy plenary session and despite the veto of the Catholic episcopate which accuses him of “corruption”, a- we learned from a parliamentary source.
The control of the very strategic Independent National Electoral Commission (Céni) is an essential stake to conquer or retain power in the DRC, its president having always played a crucial role in the proclamation of electoral results.
“The majority of national deputies have opted for the endorsement of the choice of Denis Kadima as chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission during today’s closed-door plenary,” deputy Guy Mafuta told AFP. of the ruling coalition Sacred Union of the Nation.
Opposition lawmakers disrupted the plenary session by ripping off the lectern and microphones, whistling and making threats against majority elected officials, he added.
The next step is the appointment by ordinance of President Félix Tshisekedi.
The choice of Denis Kadima by six religious denominations out of eight was contested by the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (Cenco) and by Protestants gathered within the Church of Christ in Congo (ECC). These two religious denominations accuse him of “corruption”.
In the DRC, the law charges eight recognized denominations to appoint the president of the Ceni, a choice which must then be ratified by the National Assembly, before the official appointment by the Head of State.
In July 2020, the Catholic and Protestant churches had vetoed the choice of Ronsard Malonda, accused of being too close to former President Joseph Kabila.
At the end of the day on Saturday, the unsuccessful candidate for the last presidential election Martin Fayulu promised to go down with his supporters to the seat of Parliament if the choice of Denis Kadima was confirmed.
The endorsement came a few hours after a march that brought together several thousand tens of people in Kinshasa, at the call of the opposition, demanding the “depoliticization” of the Ceni.