Thursday, April 19, 2012

DRC: Matata Ponyo, new Prime Minister

The chairman of the Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila has appointed Augustin Matata Ponyo Wednesday as Prime Minister.

An order signed by President Joseph Kabila was read on television antennas ls Congolese National TRNC.

A native of Maniema province (east central), Matata Ponyo entered the government Muzito as finance minister in February 2010 and was reappointed to the same office in September 2011.

Aged 47, Mr. Ponyo is a specialist in monetary and fiscal policies. He worked at the Central Bank of Congo (BCC) and has been repeatedly Economic Adviser Ministry of Finance. He is the President of the Caucus of African Governors at the IMF and World Bank.

He was one of the survivors of the plane crash, on February 12, at Kavumu airport in Bukavu, which claimed the lives of MP and adviser to President Joseph Kabila, Augustin Katumba Muanke.

The Government of Muzito resigned March 6, 2012 and Deputy Prime Minister Louis Koyagialo is temporarily acting as the Prime Minister.

"The appointment of Mr. Matata Ponyo is good news. He has a degree of rigor that can do good to the country. It has proven to Finance," said Master Nzunzi Pathy, part of the Presidential Majority (MP ).

Mr Matata Ponyo will have the difficult task of redressing the economic and social development. It will also have the onerous task of making inroads into corruption, bribery and impunity that plagues the political and economic life in the DRC.

Many observers hope that Mr. Matata Ponyo will form an inclusive government with the presence of members of the political opposition, in order to end the political crisis prevailing in the country since the publication of results elections in November 2011.