DRC: news of the week seen by Chantal Faida

From the resignation of the national economy minister, to the DRC’s accession to the Community of East African States, through the Leopards’ World Cup play-off suspension, the coming week has been one full of views. news. Chantal Faida comments on each of these points.

Hello Mrs Chantal Fayda, and thank you for your time with us. Has anything changed in your career since the last retrospective done with you?

Chantal Fayda A: I am honored to be able to comment on this week, which has been full of events in several areas. As for my career, I have an achievement that I am proud of. On February 18, I launched the Inspirational Woman Award in Goma. Our organization Uwema Asbl has awarded diplomas of excellence to 25 courageous and inspiring women in their respective fields: civic engagement, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, tourism, environment, culture, media and politics. The efforts of three organizations committed to protecting the special rights of women were noted. The award was established to apply this proverb, which says: we can recognize and educate the strongest women and give role models to the younger generation for the development of our country.

The week was marked by the confiscation at the National Assembly level of Economy Minister Jean-Marie Kalumba following a sharp rise in prices for essentials and imports of horse mackerel from Namibia. What do you think of this parliamentary decision?

Chantal Fayda : I welcome democratic exercises in the National Assembly. Since time immemorial, parliamentary control has been a rarity in the minds of our elected representatives, and depriving a member of the government was a utopia. Complaints against the Minister of Economy are legitimate, especially since the rise in prices for essentials significantly undermines the purchasing power of the population, which is still going through crises related to insecurity, volcanic eruption, Covid19, etc. However, the opinion remains thirsty and want see the parliamentary control report that led to this confiscation and thus see prices for goods and services lower. Because people leave, but institutions remain. If Minister Kalumba is removed and commodity prices do not fall, elected officials will demand the departure of his successor. Finally, the macroeconomic structure of the DRC needs to be analyzed.

The vice-president of the lower house of parliament, Jean-Marc Kabund, has officially resigned. What is your opinion on this issue?

Chantal Fayda : The resignation of the First Vice-President of the National Assembly after being withdrawn by his colleagues at the beginning of this mandate is indicative of the political malaise in the Holy Alliance of the Nation. How to understand that a recently restored position is abandoned after a few months? Another issue is a formal ban on commenting on political news during a stay abroad for treatment. The politician always has his own opinion about the progress of the nation, a fortiori is the representative of the people. All these questions are raised by public opinion. Especially the reason given in his resignation letter, political opinions? What is this conviction that leads to resignation when you are in the same political family as the head of state? Let’s give time for time, but people want the cohesion of the political class, so that emergence is a rendezvous in our country.

More M23 attacks were reported this week at Rutshuru in North Kivu. Residents who fled the villages of Mugingo, Gasiza, Chengerero, Rugamba, Kibote, Basque and Cabindi began to return on Thursday. What do you think these attacks are in the midst of a state of siege?

Chantal Fayda : Our pain is great as military offensives continue or resume in North Kivu and elsewhere. Since the beginning of the unification of FARDC and UPDF forces, Rutshuru territory has been subjected to sporadic attacks, but not without humanitarian consequences. Public opinion casts doubt on the effectiveness of the current military operations. How to understand that the offensive of the M23 rebel movement begins 4 months after the next attack of the same movement. This shows that the rebels were not defeated, but driven back. This strategy, this modus operandi, exposes a population that is constantly on the move with each new attack. A country that has all the institutions and functions will not leave its people in the hands of dishonest aggressors. This article 16 of the Constitution, which enshrines human dignity, must be applied in all its provisions. I express my solidarity with the people of Rutshuru and welcome the announcement of sanctions against FARDC officers who failed in their tasks on the North Kivu front.

What could be your suggestions for the success of the state of siege?

Chantal Faida: the results of the state of siege are mixed. We can welcome the recorded military victories, but these victories were experienced during the civil administration. According to several credible reports, before the state of siege was declared, the strength of the armed groups was around 100. How many groups were defeated that day? If nearly 50% have been neutralized, the public wants to know which ones. The recommendation I support is to reclassify the state of siege to allow the provincial parliament to oversee provincial institutions and implement security sector reforms and allocate sufficient and necessary resources to the security forces.

In Lubumbashi, Upper Katanga, new demonstrations took place this week against the city’s mayor’s decision to ban motorbike taxis from downtown. What is your opinion on this issue?

Chantal Fayda : their claim is understandable, but not in a serious condition. Traffic regulation is a beneficial directive for drivers and urban road users at the same time. The city is an environment with a high population density, hence the relevance of the developed regulatory measures that link the target objects. Unilateral government decisions should be avoided to prevent mass protests against the target, rather than to encourage concerted action with stakeholders.

In his Congolese cultural ambassador programme, musician-artist Koffi Olomide is planning a bill to establish a national rumba day. What is your attitude towards this initiative?

Chantal Fayda : Rumba is the untapped intangible heritage of the DRC. Since the rumba is already registered as a UNESCO heritage, it is logical and a brilliant idea to consider it the basis at the national level. The only thing that must be absolutely ensured is the respect of common common values ​​and the dissemination of instructive content and thus the elimination of the coarsening of youth by obscene music with the nakedness of the dancers exposed under the pretense of a fast current. ribbons.

The meeting between the DRC and Morocco ended with a score of 1-4 in favor of Morocco. The DRC has been disqualified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, how did you take the news?

Chantal Fayda : no wonder that eleven of our citizens were disqualified. The preparations for the 2022 World Cup qualification in Qatar have been marred by a lot of amateurism. Not only did our international players not have enough training with the locals, the coach put up not the best we had. His resignation is not alone when we know that his remuneration borders on discrimination compared to coach Florent Ibenguet. Football has seen a lot of technical innovations and we have to adapt and be able to impose a professional game system that surprises the opponent. Don’t expect miracles unless painstaking work is done upstream. I take this opportunity to seek the help of the Congolese Women’s Football Federation so that, at least in the event of a disqualification of the men’s national team, we will be consoled by leopard women of incredible talent, but unfairly accompanied when it comes to analyzing the budget allocated to them. . It is appropriate here to remind our authorities to consider upgrading the Congolese infrastructure so that we are among the African countries capable of organizing major world and African competitions within 10 years. We are capable of it.

At the regional level, the DRC is now a full member of the East African Community – East African Community (EAC). Among the benefits of this membership is, in particular, the fact that the East African Community could benefit from customs duties if they are reduced or completely eliminated. What do you think about this ?

Chantal Fayda : Our integration into the East African Community should be a decisive turning point in the recurring incursions that are hurting security.

“Faced with the danger of self-destruction, let humanity understand that the time has come to abolish the war, to erase it from human history before it erases a person from history,” said Pope Francis.

From an economic standpoint, this is an exit with a population of almost 400 million, which is a big problem for our entrepreneurs who must innovate their business model to resist. For consumers, there may be a sharp decline in prices because there will be strong competition. Government support for local entrepreneurs through tax breaks and other incentives is vital to the survival of Congolese businesses. One can already note the strong competition of Angolan companies with Congolese companies in the western part of the DRC after the entry into force of the ZLECAF.

The last word?

Chantal Fayda : This is a call to the Congolese Parliament to adopt a temporary quota system during this March session in order to increase the number of women in elected and nominal positions and to make up for the historical imbalance of gender representation that exists in our country and whose causes are explained by a number of legal, cultural, economic, political and psychological problems. Developing countries are countries where women’s participation is required in all vital areas.

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