Head of State Félix Tshisekedi promulgates law extending for the 9th time the state of siege in Ituri and North Kivu

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Kinshasa, October 4th, 2021 (CPA) .- The Head of State Félix Tshisekedi promulgated, Sunday, by ordinance, the law extending for the 9th time the state of siege in Ituri and North Kivu.

This law was voted on Friday for the 9th time unanimously by the 81 voting senators, zero against, and zero abstentions, the bill authorizing this state of siege proclaimed by the presidential ordinance of May 3rd, 2021, in during a plenary session, chaired by the President of the Upper House of Parliament, Prof. Modeste Bahati Lukwebo.

This law had already been voted by the National Assembly. This extension, authorized in accordance with the Constitution for a period of 15 days, from October 4th, 2021, will allow the security forces to step up military operations.

The time allowed for the last extension was not enough to annihilate the armed groups that roam this part of the national territory.

During the debate, some senators, including Prof. Evariste Boshab, said that the arguments put forward by the government constitute, according to him, « very great literature ».

“We are faced with absolute uncertainty. This exercise becomes a ceremonial in Parliament, while the situation of the fundamental rights of citizens are put on hold, ”he said.

Former Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo, for his part, argued that the progress of the state of siege is limited and that we should instead adopt the format of a state of security emergency.

The President of the Senate, Pr Modeste Bahati Lukwebo, to conclude, urged the government to take into account all the concerns of the elected representatives of the elected representatives of the provinces, to take note of the concerns of the senators, and to put in mind that this exercise should be continue, if the Executive provides evidence allowing the state of siege to be extended. The economy of this bill was given by the Minister of State for Justice and Keeper of the Seals, Rose Mutombo.

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