KINSHASA, 28 December 2020 – The governors of the 26 provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) will meet this week in Kinshasa with President Felix Tshisekedi.
The meeting is seen as the latest act in the tussle for power between the coalition formed by President Joseph Kabila and his successor President Felix Tshisekedi.
The governing FCC-CACH coalition has been crumpling in recent weeks, with power swinging mostly in favor of Tshisekedi and away from Kabila.
The first signs that the coalition had collapsed came earlier this month.
Tshisekedi’s CACH rallied enough erstwhile pro-Kabila members of parliament to be able not only to impeach but also to vote to remove from office Jeanine Mabunda, the president of the country’s national assembly.
Hon. Mabunda is from the FCC of former President Kabila and needed continued support from CACH parliamentarians to hang onto the gavel.
Six senators of Kabila’s FCC delivered yet another blow to the former president when they published an open letter decrying the dysfunctional nature of the FCC and calling for the resignation of its leaders.
The open letter forced Kabila to set up a commission to try to mitigate the political damage.
The meeting of governors this week is seen by observers as another nail Tshisekedi is pinning to what is seen as the political coffin of his governing alliance with Kabila.
The theme of the meeting with governors has been advertised as: “Governance of provinces in the current democratic environment, challenges and opportunities”.