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In Issue #383,I'm joined by journalist Ridal Carel Tchoukuegno. We focus on the new government appointees in the DRC, who they are and what sort of challenges the country is facing.

The DRC has a new government. Here's the Who's Who

What happened
Last week, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) finally set up a new government, five months after President Félix Tshisekedi was re-elected in December. I talked to journalist Ridal Carel Tchoukuegno for insights into this development. Carel reports on geopolitics and society and culture from an intercultural perspective (mostly in German), follows political and cultural developments from/on the African continent, has a podcast and is very active on TikTok.

Why this matters:
It matters that you know The Who’s Who of DRC politics. The country is a huge country, some 99 million people live there, and it has incredibly rich in minerals like gold and diamonds, which are vital to global supply chains, including those for electronics and electric vehicles. Control over these resources is highly contested, leading to ongoing conflicts. Over 7 million people are displaced due to said conflicts, making it one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. The new government has a monumental task in addressing this situation and providing relief to millions living in dire conditions.

Tell me more, Carel
This five months long delay was because the different political parties in the ruling coalition couldn't agree on who should be in the government. Some of them have close year-long ties to president Thisekedi.
  • Judith Suminwa Tuluka as Prime Minister: She’s the first female prime minister of Congo, taking office amid escalating violence in the east. Suminwa worked in Goma during her time as a national expert for the UN agency’s humanitarian coordination unit (UNDP). She’s also expected to push for gender equality and inclusivity in politics.
  • Guy Kabombo Muadiamvita as Defense Minister: This is crucial because of a recent attempted coup. Human Rights Watch has urged the new government to fairly prosecute those involved rather than cracking down on rights.
  • Jacquemain Shabani as Interior Minister: Formerly Tshisekedi’s electoral campaign director, Shabani will oversee political and electoral matters.
  • Constant Mutamba as Justice Minister: Leader of an opposition platform during the last elections, Mutamba’s appointment is seen as a move toward reconciliation.
  • Kizito Kapinga Mulume as Minister of Mines: With extensive experience in the oil, energy, and construction sectors, Mulume faces challenges like illegal mining and boosting revenue from mineral resources. The country’s mineral wealth is estimated to stand at US$24 trillion.
Carel’s analysis: “Except for the Justice Minister, everybody else seems to have close ties with Tshisekedi. Interesting.”

Who is Félix Tshisekedi?
President Tshisekedi aims to transform the DRC into "the Germany of Africa" but has faced criticism for not effectively using the country's vast mineral wealth to improve living conditions. Born into a political family, his father, Etienne Tshisekedi, was a popular politician and founder of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS). Despite challenges, recent surveys show that many Congolese are optimistic about their future under Tshisekedi’s leadership. There were a few milestones achieved during Tshisekedi’s first mandate: free primary education, the state budget was raised, no violence in rather chaotic elections, and this time around no opponent was excluded from the ballot. 

What now?
The new government faces major challenges, including ending the violence in the east, ensuring that the country's mineral wealth benefits the poor, and addressing human rights concerns. The violence in the east is a particular challenge. Just last week, at least 38 people were killed in Beni.

Good to know: Press freedom in the DRC is fragile. Four journalists have been detained this year, and the country ranks 123rd out of 180 in press freedom. Journalists face dangers like arrests, threats, and violence, particularly when covering sensitive topics like corruption and mining.

Looking for Congolese journalistic and analytic voices? Carel recommends following accounts like that of:

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