The secretary general of the presidential party in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Henri Mova Sakanyi, has been appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior by President Joseph Kabila, announced Tuesday evening state television.
The general secretary of the People’s Party for Reconstruction and Democracy ( PPRD ) replaces the current minister, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, in office since December 2016.

“This is not a surprise for those who are familiar with the management of state affairs,” told AFP a source of the presidency, refusing further clarification.

“This is not a disavowal of Mr. Ramazani,” says another source, which relates to a recent reform of the statutes of the PPRD .

This reform was presented in January. It provides for the disappearance of the post of secretary general to make way for a party president, according to the revised statutes published on January 26 by the newspaper AfricaNews.

The post of president of the PPRD should return to President Kabila, according to several observers.

Aged 55, Mr Mova has been minister and diplomat several times, former ambassador of the DRC in Russia and Belgium.

Ramazani Shadary is one of more than 15 Congolese personalities targeted by EU sanctions for obstructing the electoral process.

President Kabila’s second term ended on December 20, 2016. Elections are scheduled for December 23, 2018, after postponement of those scheduled for December 2017 at the latest.

Organized at the call of a Catholic collective, a third peaceful march is scheduled Sunday to ask President Kabila to declare publicly that he will leave power and demand compliance with a political agreement reached in late 2016.