Submit this form
Home News Videos Music Photos Facebook Twitter Friends Newsletter Podcasts Mobile RSS
DRC National Assembly opens its first ordinary session

Previous article | Next
MONUC - March 15, 2007 5:50 PM

DRC - Congo Parliament The DRC National Assembly met on March 15, 2007 for the opening of their first ordinary session at the Palais du Peuple in Kinshasa, which was attended by many political personalities from MONUC and the international community. During his opening address, Assembly President Vital Kamerhe spoke of the many challenges that lie ahead for the country.

After two extraordinary National Assembly sessions, principally to put in place the legislative chamber, and to approve the government’s progamme as well as its subsequent installation, the opening of the Assembly’s first session conformed to article 115 of the DRC constitution.

In his address to the deputies, Mr. Kamerhe underlined the Assembly’s will to ‘make the National Assembly a space for free expression for all political forces.’

“This is to be found in the concreteness and cohesion that is being shown between the parliamentary majority and the opposition, which is one example. I sincerely vow that this spirit of solidarity and national reconciliation, and this ardour to work will accompany us right until the end of our mandate.”

He added that the Assembly needs to ‘merit the confidence of the Congolese people who have chosen us as their representatives.’

He then spoke on the challenges that lie ahead.

“It is evident that the laborious work that the National assembly must buckle down to is principally in the matters of legislation, with three main imperatives.”

These are continuation of the electoral process, with the holding of the urban, municipal and local elections, the putting in place of certain republican institutions in which the structures, organisation and functions will be fixed by the law, and the adoption of the laws that will permit the government to best execute their programme of action.

In order to achieve these imperatives, the President stressed the need for the definition and adoption of the decentralization and budget laws, as well as the adoption of the law that will define the statute of the political opposition in the DRC.

In relation to the budget for 2007, the President said that the Assembly ‘must act quickly.’

“The five main programmes of action of President Kabila are well known, and we must concentrate the money where it is most needed with the aim of rehabilitating the people, which is rightly considered as the motor for all development,” he said.

The President also stressed the importance of good governance.

“As you know, our mission to legislate adds to the control of the government, public enterprises and the establishment of public services. As I have underlined, the action of the National Assembly in relation to control should have as its principal objective the fight against political immorality which threatens our society, as well as corruption, fraud and misuse of public funds.”

Within this framework he welcomed the visit of European Union and World Bank representatives who stressed the importance of the installation of good governance, ‘which is a prerequisite for good justice’.

“We need to all fight for the coming of a state of rights where good governance will be the key word for the improvement of the lives of our compatriots,” he underlined.

In addition he spoke on the fight against impunity, which is an important aspect of good governance.

“We need to prove to the people that we have buried the impunity of the 2nd Republic.”

He also hailed the work accomplished by MONUC, and invited the international actors to continue to help the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo in order to remove all pockets of insecurity in the country.

“I also cannot forget the prestigious visit of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to the Assembly, as well as the support of the international community to the process of democratisation that is in the process of being achieved in the Democratic Republic of Congo.”

Furthermore, the opening of the first session of the DRC National Assembly was also attended by delegations from the National Assemblies of Gabon and Angola, who in their speeches applauded the DRC for all the progress achieved over the last year, and expressed great hope for the future.


Related articles


  1. Jean-Pierre Bemba banned from running for president (August 25, 2018)
  2. Vital Kamerhe named UNC presidential candidate (August 4, 2018)
  3. No elections in DR Congo in December without electronic voting machines: INEC (February 13, 2018)
  4. Denis Mukwege Wins Sakharov Prize 2014 (October 21, 2014)
  5. New DR Congo amnesty law welcomed by UN envoys (February 5, 2014)
  6. Congo Army Takes Control of Mbuzi Hill From M23 Rebels (November 4, 2013)
  7. UN Security Council debate focuses on peace efforts for Africa's Great Lakes region (July 25, 2013)
  8. Thousands of Women March Against M23 Rebels in Kinshasa (November 24, 2012)
  9. At high-level meeting, Ban urges political solution to crisis in eastern DR Congo (September 27, 2012)
  10. Kabila's Party Loses Seats in Parliament, Increasing Reliance on Allies (February 3, 2012)
  11. Tshisekedi Says He Won, Can He Prove It? (December 17, 2011)
  12. Supreme Court Rules Joseph Kabila Won Presidential Election (December 16, 2011)
  13. Supreme Court Hears Appeal on Presidential Election (December 15, 2011)
  14. Joseph Kabila Wins Presidential Election (December 9, 2011)
  15. Presidential Election Results Delayed 48 Hours (December 6, 2011)
  16. Catholic Church Calls for Calm as Elections Results Are Published (December 4, 2011)
  17. Kabila Leads Partial Election Results (December 3, 2011)
  18. Vital Kamerhe Denies Calling for Elections to Be Annuled (December 1, 2011)
  19. Congolese Start Voting in Landmark Elections (November 28, 2011)
  20. 32 Million Congolese Voters Set to Elect Their Leaders (November 27, 2011)
  21. Officials Cancel Final Campaign Rallies in Kinshasa after Clashes (November 26, 2011)
  22. Candidates to Make Last Stand in Kinshasa before Monday's Election (November 26, 2011)
  23. Campaigning in Eastern Congo, Kamerhe Vows To Restore State Authority (November 22, 2011)
  24. Tshisekedi: UDPS Has Never Been for a Joint Opposition Candidacy (November 19, 2011)
  25. Kamerhe Rejects Single Opposition Candidate Strategy (November 19, 2011)
  26. European Union to observe presidential and legislative elections (October 19, 2011)
  27. Jean-Pierre Bemba Could Be Kingmaker in DR Congo Presidential Election (September 30, 2011)
  28. Kabila's Record 'Negative', Says Former Ally Vital Kamerhe (September 17, 2011)
  29. Eleven Candidates to Run for President (September 15, 2011)
  30. Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in DR Congo (June 28, 2011)


Live TV Congo Radio en ligne Radio


Make CongoPlanet.com Your Home Page | Contact Us | About Us | ╔dition en Franšais | French Edition

© 2018 CongoPlanet.com. All rights reserved.