Levi Mbuta Elected President of Kinshasa Provincial Assembly Amid Tension

Kinshasa elects new provincial assembly leaders, including the first female vice-president, amid controversy over the election process. The newly elected officials pledge to serve the people.

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Levi Mbuta Elected President of Kinshasa Provincial Assembly Amid Tension

Levi Mbuta Elected President of Kinshasa Provincial Assembly Amid Tension

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo - Levi Mbuta has been elected as the new president of the Kinshasa provincial assembly following a tense election held on Saturday, April 19, 2024. The election of the permanent office of this deliberative body took place amid controversy, as the president of the provisional office, Mbokoso Amous Kempay, had announced a postponement citing a lack of financial resources. However, some elected officials insisted that the elections proceed as scheduled.

The plenary session was chaired by Daniel Iyeli, the first secretary of the Kinshasa provincial assembly. Mbuta, representing the 4AC grouping, defeated independent candidate Jésus Noel Sheke to secure the presidency. The newly elected president has pledged to make the assembly a community-based institution serving the people during his term.

In a historic development, Germaine Tshinyama Mpemba of the ANB party was elected as the vice-president, becoming the first woman to hold this position in the Kinshasa provincial assembly. André Nkongolo Nkongolo of the AFDC-A political grouping and Clauvis Samba of the MLC secured the positions of reporter and deputy reporter, respectively. The UDPS, the presidential party, obtained the treasurer role with the election of deputy Socrates Mubengaie.

Why this matters: The election of the permanent office of the Kinshasa provincial assembly holds significant implications for local governance and political dynamics in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital city. The historic election of a female vice-president marks a step towards greater gender representation in the assembly.

Speaking after his election, Mbuta expressed his commitment to serving the people, stating, "I promise to make this deliberative body a community-based institution at the service of the people during my term as president." The newly elected officials are expected to play vital roles in shaping the policies and decisions of the Kinshasa provincial assembly in the coming years.

Key Takeaways

  • Levi Mbuta elected president of Kinshasa provincial assembly
  • Germaine Tshinyama Mpemba elected as first female vice-president
  • Newly elected officials to shape policies of Kinshasa assembly
  • Election held amid controversy over postponement due to lack of funds
  • Mbuta pledges to make assembly a community-based institution