Jeannine Mabunda Lioko was elected, unsurprisingly, Speaker of the National Assembly, Wednesday, April 24. She was the only candidate. Portrait of the first woman elected to this position in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Only candidate for the post of President of the National Assembly, led by the Common Front for Congo (FCC) coalition of former President Joseph Kabila and Cape Town for Change (Cach) of President Felix Tshisekedi, Jeannine Mabunda Lioko becomes the first woman elected president of the National Assembly. Out of 383 voters, Mabunda won 375 votes. An election without any surprise, after the cancellation of the candidacy of Henry-Thomas Lokondo, dissident of the FCC who had rallied to the opposition.
“A reactive woman, who does not let herself go”
Depicted as “a reactive woman, who does not let herself be” by one of her relatives, MP Patrick Muyaya, 54-year-old Jeannine Mabunda Lioko, denies having been chosen because she is a woman and considers herself ” a full political actress “. She promised to “transform the hemicycle into a people’s house where laws will be developed to meet the needs of the people” and to put in place “effective parliamentary control”.
She will be assisted by Jean Marc Kabund A Kabund of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress, the party of Felix Tshisekedi, who takes the chair of senior vice president. Interim President of the UDPS, he is a novice in the hemicycle.
Boniface Balamage Nkolo, co-founder of the Rassemblement congolais pour la democratie (DRC), several times minister and former senator, was elected second vice-president. Musao Kalombo Mbuyu, former academic secretary general of the University of Kinshasa, becomes rapporteur, while Alfani Machozi Marie Claire and Vakpa Katumba Oruma were respectively elected quaestor and assistant quaestor.
Boycott of the opposition
Parliamentary Opposition – MPs from Ensemble for the Change of Moses Katumbi, Jean Pierre Bemba’s Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC) and Martin Fayulu’s Dynamics for Opposition Unity for Action – a boycotted the vote.
All accuse the FCC-Cach coalition of having unduly taken all the seats in the office. In fact, out of the seven seats constituting the Bureau of the National Assembly, only the post of Deputy Rapporteur has been reserved for the opposition. She appealed to the Council of State, claiming to obtain the post of titular rapporteur in addition to the post of deputy.
Elected national deputy in 2011, reelected in 2018, Jeannine Mabunda Lioko is, since last July, the president of the women’s league of the People’s Party for the reconstruction and the democracy (PPRD, the party of Kabila).
Since 2014, she was Personal Representative of the Head of State – former President Joseph Kabila – in charge of the fight against sexual violence and the recruitment of child soldiers. As part of this humanitarian mission, its roadmap was to fight against impunity for rape and help free the voices of victims against this scourge, while facilitating dialogue between the various stakeholders.
From Citybank to the Promotion Fund for Industry
Holder of a law degree from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, and a degree in Commercial Sciences from the Catholic Institute of Higher Commercial Studies (ICHEC) of Brussels, she is renowned in her party for his “pragmatism” and “his ability to federate different opinions in respect of diversity,” says one of his relatives.
Jeannine Mabunda Lioko began her professional career in 1988 at Citibank Congo, where she worked for five years as account manager, in charge of relations with major accounts and credit analyst. From 1997 to 2000, she was advisor to the governor of the Central Bank of Congo (BCC).
In 2002, she moved to the Industry Promotion Fund (IPF), as Director-General, where she will remain until 2012. She will introduce several changes in governance, including working to expand access to in the backcountry at this window of financing for small and medium-sized industrial enterprises. An experience that has led her to cross the deep Congo and to confront the crying needs of local development of ordinary Congolese.
At the end of this experience, she will be appointed Minister of Portfolio in charge of the reform of public enterprises.