Dieudonné Bantsimba becomes the new mayor of Brazzaville

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This member of the central committee of the Congolese Labor Party (PCT) was elected on Friday, May 22, after an election in which he was the only candidate.

From our correspondent in Brazzaville, Loïcia Martial

It’s only hours before the vote that the ruling party, the PCT, and the rest of the majority chose Dieudonné Bantsimba to become the new mayor of Brazzaville. The only candidate in the running after the withdrawal of the other contenders by consensus, he obtained 98 votes out of 101 voters. Three others abstained.

A graduate of the Paris Institute of Urban Planning, Dieudonné Bantsimba, 63, has held several positions within the town hall of Brazzaville. He was also responsible for missions to the cabinet of theCongolese head of state and director of cabinet at the ministry in charge of major works.

Aware of the challenges that lie ahead, he stressed the importance of revitalizing municipal services quickly and listed several objectives: ” Negotiate and clear wage arrears, resolve disputes with the CNSS [la Caisse nationale de sécurité sociale, ndlr], find a lasting solution to the social situation of municipal councilors, improve the network of urban roads and fight against urban violence, incivism of all kinds, especially in this period when we are knocked out by this Covid-19 pandemic.

Dieudonné Bantsimba thus replaces Christian Roger Okemba in this position. Accused of embezzlement of public funds, the latter was imprisoned and dismissed. The new tenant of Brazzaville city hall will therefore complete the mandate of his predecessor, which extends until 2022.

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