The Senate votes on the bill authorizing the state of siege in Ituri and North Kivu

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Kinshasa, October 4th, 2021 (CPA). – The Senate voted for the 9th time unanimously of 81 voting senators, zero against, and zero abstentions, the bill authorizing the state of siege proclaimed by the presidential ordinance of May 3rd, 2021 on part of the territory of the DRC, in Ituri and North Kivu, during a plenary session, under the direction of the president of the Upper House of Parliament, Prof. Modeste Bahati Lukwebo.

This law, which will be sent to the Head of State for promulgation, 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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