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Cablegate: Drc Government Reshuffle

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TAGS: PGOV KDEM CG
SUBJECT: DRC GOVERNMENT RESHUFFLE

1. Summary: Late in the evening of Sunday, November 25, the DRC
government, led by Prime Minister Antoine Gizenga, announced a
cabinet reshuffle. Major changes include a reduction in the number
of ministries from 40 to 33, the reduction of ministries of state
from six to three, the appointment of two political figures to
ministerial posts, and the removal of four ministers and nine
vice-ministers. List of the new government follows at para 5. Bios
of new ministers and comments will follow septels. (End summary).

2. Following the government reshuffle, the cabinet of Prime
Minister Antoine Gizenga is now composed of 30 ministers, three
ministers of state and 11 vice-ministers. The three remaining
ministers of state are the Minister of State for Agriculture, the
Minister of State for Interior, Decentralization and Security, and
the Minister of State at the Presidency. Three other ministries --
Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Higher Education and
Scientific Research, and Infrastructure and Public Works -- were
downgraded from Ministries of State to the level of other working
ministries.

3. Two politicians from the majority coalition (AMP -- Alliance de
la Majorite Presidentielle) were appointed to the cabinet for the
first time. These were Andre Philippe Futa, and Jose Endundu,
respectively Minister of Economy and External Trade, and Minister of
Environment and Tourism.

4. Among those removed from the government were four ministers:
Toussaint Tshilombo Send, previously Minister of Information; Didace
Pembe Bokiaga, previously Minister of Environment; Pardone Kaliba,
previously Minister of Youth and Sports; and Georges Minsay,
previously Minister of Justice. Among the Vice-Ministers losing
their jobs is Alain Lubumba of Foreign Affairs and International
Cooperation.

5. Following is the composition of the reshuffled DRC government:

Ministers of State
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Minister of State at the Presidency: Nkulu Mituba Kilombo

Agriculture: Nzanga Mobutu Ngbangawe

Interior, Decentralization and Security: Kalume Numbi, Denis

Ministers
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Minister at the Office of the Prime Minister: Mayobo, Godefroid

Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation: Mbusa Nyamwisi,

Defense and Veterans: Chikez Diemu

Justice: Mutombo Bakafwa Nsenda

Relations with Parliament: Lumanu Sefu, Adolphe

Planning: Kamitatu, Olivier

Finances: Matenda, Athanase

Budget: Muzito, Adolphe

Portfolio (State-owned Enterprises): Mabunda, Jeanine

Economy and Trade: Futa, Andre Futa

Communications and Media: Bongeli, Emile

Infrastructure and Public Works: Lumbi Okongo, Pierre

Industry: Mboso, Simon

Transport: Mwando Nsimba, Charles

Gender, Women and Children's Issues: Omatuku, Philomene

Higher Education and Scientific Research: Masuga, Leonard

Primary, Secondary, and Professional Education: Mwangu, Maker

Mines: Kabwelulu, Roger

Energy; Banamuhere, Salomon

Petroleum: Mende Omalanga, Lambert

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Postal Services, Telephone and Telecommunications: Mrs. Munga,
Louise

Environment and Tourism: Endundu Bononge, Jos

Health: Makwenge, Victor

Housing: Ngabu, Sylvain

Property rights: Kabukabwa Bitangilay,Edouard

Labor and Social Security: Lukiana, Marie-Ange

Public Administration: Ikenge Lisambola, Simon

Social and Humanitarian Affairs: Muyambo, Jean-Claude

Culture and Arts: Kambale Esdras

Youth and Sports: Bikonga, Willy

Vice-Ministers
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Interior: Mpangu, Joseph Dovel

Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation: Gata, Ignace.

Congolese Diaspora: Mrs. Tshomba Tundu, Collette

Defense and Veterans: Amuri, Luc

Human Rights: Basibuye, Claude

Budget: Mbuyu, Celestin

Public Works: Nturaminyerwa, Gervais

Mines: Kasongo Shomary

Rural Development: Bonane ya Ngazi, Xavier

Scientific Research: Rugabisha, Zache

Professional Education: Sedea, Arthur

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