President Felix Tshisekedi for the urgent repatriation of Congolese cultural heritage


Kinshasa, December 1st, 2021 (CPA).– The instruction of the President of the Republic, Felix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, relating to the creation of a “Commission for the repatriation of Congolese cultural heritage”, was recalled with insistence by the Prime Minister, Jean- Michel Sama Lukonde Kyenge, during the thirtieth meeting of the Council of Ministers which he chaired last Friday, by videoconference.

The Prime Minister, in order to respond urgently to this requirement, instructed the Minister in charge of Culture, Arts and Heritage, Catherine Kathungu Furaha, to work, in collaboration with the Prime Minister’s experts, on the draft Decree that should lead to the effective creation of this structure, indicated the Minister in charge of Communication and Media, spokesperson for the government, in the report of this meeting.

This commission will have to look, in particular, on the repatriation of Congolese cultural heritage expatriated from the time of Belgian colonization, with the assistance of the Royal Museum of Central Africa in Tervuren.

 « The stake consists of a reappropriation of our cultural heritage, the process of which requires not only the return of our cultural heritage to Congolese soil, but also the securing of said goods as well as the possibility of preserving them in the best possible conditions », Sama Lukonde pointed out.

The Congolese Rumba in the Intangible World Heritage of UNESCO

This question is all the more important as the Prime Minister recalled, it is indicated, the fact that the mandate of the Head of State, Felix Tshisekedi, at the Presidency of the African Union is placed under the theme «of Arts, Culture and Heritage in Africa”.

In addition, Sama Lukonde government welcomed, during the said meeting, the inscription of the Congolese Rumba in the world intangible heritage of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), an action which materializes the 15th pillar, axis 62 of its Action Program.

This registration decided and which is only awaiting its proclamation during the session to be held in Paris, France, from December 13th to 18th, 2021, will constitute, it should be noted, the culmination of an application made at the same time by the two Congos, at the instigation of their Heads of State, Felix Tshisekedi and Denis Sassou Nguesso. ACP /