Kinshasa, January 21st, 2022 (ACP).- The President of the Republic, Felix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, has promulgated the law extending, for the 15th time, the state of siege in the provinces of Ituri and Nord Kivu, in an order made public on Wednesday on the antennas of the Congolese National Radio Television (RTNC), and read by its spokesperson, Tharcisse Kasongo Mwema Yamba Yamba.
This ordinance follows the adoption by the government, at the 36th meeting of the Council of Ministers, of the bill extending this exceptional measure, for a period of 15 days.
The Parliament had adopted, before going on vacation, the bill on the empowerment of the government, which constitutes « a power of attorney » that the legislative body gives to the national executive to use the prerogatives to legislate, during its unavailability.
According to the government’s request, the matters concerned by this bill were in particular the extension of the state of siege proclaimed in the provinces of Ituri and Nord Kivu as well as some loan and credit agreements.
The period of this authorization is 3 months during which the elected representatives are on parliamentary vacation.
Progress, via the state of siege
This renewal of the state of siege will allow the Armed Forces of DRC (FARDC) to continue, in collaboration with the Ugandan forces, the tracking and dismantling of armed and terrorist groups active in the eastern part of the country.
Since its establishment on May 6th, 2021, in Ituri and Nord Kivu, the state of siege decreed on the initiative of the Head of State Felix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo constitutes a ray of hope for the populations of these two bruised provinces by acts of violence perpetrated by negative forces.
It is within this framework that President Felix Tshisekedi and his Ugandan counterpart Youweri Museveni have raised to pool the forces of the two countries in order to strengthen the efforts to rout the rebel and terrorist forces in these provinces and their surroundings.
This made it possible to neutralize the leaders of these gangs and their troops, to arrest their accomplices scattered among the population, to liberate villages formerly occupied and transformed into strongholds, and to recover some weapons and ammunition used by the rebels.