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DRC: Bitakwira invited to justify the management of 300 million CDF of a water supply project!

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The outgoing Minister of Rural Development, Justin Bitakwira, is suspected of having mischarged and overcharged the Mbanza-Boma drinking water project in Kongo Central. The Alumni Association of Notre Dame College of Mbanza-Boma (ASSACOM) is seeking from the Head of State, Felix Tshisekedi, an audit on the management of the 300 million CDFs managed by this minister for the execution of the said project.

The outgoing Minister of Rural Development, Justin Bitakwira, is suspected of having mischarged and overcharged the Mbanza-Boma drinking water project in Kongo Central. The Alumni Association of Notre Dame College of Mbanza-Boma (ASSACOM) is seeking from the Head of State, Felix Tshisekedi, an audit on the management of the 300 million CDFs managed by this minister for the execution of the said project.

In a memorandum addressed to the President of the Republic on August 10, this structure denounces the poor quality of the work done in the field. She asked him to order the audit of 300 million CDFs disbursed by the public treasury that Justin Bitakwira received as a deposit of the overall cost of the project, amounting to 419,631,663 CDF, the equivalent in US dollars $ 254,322.22 (at the rate of 1650 CDF / USD).

ASSACOM categorically opposes the approach that would already be undertaken by Justin Bitakwira to access the disbursement of CDN 119 631 663 due to the balance of project financing.

Moreover, the members of this organization plead for the temporary shutdown of the works of the drinking water supply project at the Mbanza-Boma mission. Concerned about the quality of the water to be distributed, she considers her request for analysis of this vital commodity to be well founded.

Conscious of the fact that this is a project that directly affects the health of the target community, the alumni of Notre Dame College of Mbanza-Boma recommend the consultation and attribution of the book to the National Service of hydraulics (SNRH).

At the end of an evaluation, the ASSACOM affirms with bitterness that Justin Bitakwira, at the time owner and project manager, has only delivered some materials from the site of this project.

It consists mainly of a 1,000-liter domestic tanker, four home-made wheelbarrows, five shovels, three PVCs, one hundred brick blocks, fifteen bags of gray cement and twenty iron bars, a quantity of a pebble estimated at plus or minus one ton and a submerged pump.

For ASSACOM, all these materials and materials have an approximate global value of only 5,000 USD, or 8,250 million CDF out of the 300 million CDF disbursed by the Treasury.

Initiatrice of this project, the ASSACOM had, from the beginning, requested the expertise of a team of Korean technicians for feasibility studies. These showed that the supply of drinking water to the Mbanza-Boma plateau required an overall amount of 65,000 USD, or 107,250,000 CDF (at the exchange rate of 1,650 CDF / USD). This is far less than the sum of 300 million CDF collected by the Minister of Rural Development.

Hence, the overcharging decried by this structure that challenges anyone to brandish evidence contrary to his argument.

As a reminder, the Mbanza-Boma Plateau consists of four schools, namely: the Notre-Dame College of Mbanza-Boma, the highly renowned Kivuvu-Kisiama High School and two primary schools, one of which is mainly reserved for girls.

The head of state, Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi, too, is the product of this institution of Primary, Secondary and Professional Education (EPSP), counted among the best schools in the country.

Emilie MBOYO

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Kinshasa: the Presidential Clinic with a new Pavilion

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Kinshasa: the Presidential Clinic with a new Pavilion

The Presidential Clinic of the Cité de l’Union africaine has a new Pavilion. This building, named after the First Lady of the Republic, Denise Nyakeru Tshisekedi, was inaugurated on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Denise Nyakeru Tshisekedi Pavilion is equipped with the latest generation of state-of-the-art equipment capable of treating a maximum of 100 patients per day. It includes two hospital rooms, two consultation booths, a sampling room, a laboratory and a reception area equipped with 25 seats.

Kinshasa: the Presidential Clinic with a new Pavilion

Two highlights marked the inauguration ceremony presided over by the First Lady.

First of all, the occasional word from the medical director, Dr. Joseph Kangudia Mbaya, who paid tribute to the Head of State, Felix-Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, for his clearly expressed commitment to the country’s overall development, particularly in the health and well-being sector.

This Brigade general indicated that the inauguration of the Denise Nyakeru Tshisekedi Pavilion is in line with the logic of continuing the materialization of an old project to provide the presidential clinic with the necessary and modern infrastructure for its proper functioning.

The symbolic ribbon was cut by the First Lady to the frenetic applause of the medical staff and patients present at the site.

Kinshasa: the Presidential Clinic with a new Pavilion

This ceremony ended with a visit to the various departments of the new pavilion. Denise Nyakeru Tshisekedi signed the guest book marking her visit to the African Union Presidential Clinic, the second since the inauguration of her husband, Head of State Felix Tshisekedi Tshilombo.

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DRC: ARCA reminds the respect of article 286 of the Insurance Code!

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DRC: ARCA reminds the respect of article 286 of the Insurance Code!

DOCUMENT] – The Insurance Regulatory and Control Authority (ARCA) in the Democratic Republic of Congo reminds us of the scrupulous respect of article 286 of Law No. 15/005 of 17 March 2015 on the Insurance Code. It published a circular note on 6 September 2019 for the attention of authorised insurance operators. Below, the content:

DRC: ARCA reminds the respect of article 286 of the Insurance Code!

DRC: ARCA reminds the respect of article 286 of the Insurance Code!

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DRC: Bussa notes the invalidity of the orders issued by the temporary worker in Foreign Trade

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DRC: Bussa notes the invalidity of the orders issued by the temporary worker in Foreign Trade

Foreign Trade Minister Jean-Lucien Bussa Tongba has just put an end to a series of flagrant irregularities in certain acts committed during the interim period. The latter violated the Prime Minister’s formal injunction given to the temporary workers on 22 March 2019 to refrain from making arrests pending the installation of the new Government.

Legalistic, the new Minister of Foreign Trade found in the remission files and repeated a series of ministerial orders issued during this period of current business being conducted by the acting minister.

Without, however, annulling them by a contrary act, Jean-Lucien Bussa merely declared them invalid. This means that they are considered null and void.

« Any economic operator concerned by these provisions is requested, as of today, to contact the services of the office of the Minister of Foreign Trade for a review of the files in accordance with the regulations in force« , according to an official press release dated 10 September 2019 received by Zoom Eco.

For Minister Jean – Lucien Bussa, it is a question of maintaining the momentum of the business climate through efficient regulation of imports and exports, in the best interests of the Republic.

It therefore invites the Secretary General for Foreign Trade, the General Directorate of Customs and Excise (DGDA), the Congolese Control Authority (OCC), the General Directorate of Migration (DGM) and the Directorate of the National Programme for Border Hygiene (PNHF), each in its own right, to comply with these provisions and to ensure their prompt implementation.

Emilie MBOYO

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