DRC creates 2 top courts, completing judicial reform

2018-06-12 16:50
Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila. (Photo: AFP)

Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila. (Photo: AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will establish a top appeals court and a Council of State after Joseph Kabila signed an executive order paving the way for their creation, state television said on Tuesday.

The move completes a judicial reform first outlined in 2006 in the constitution which envisaged the former Supreme Court being split into three separate branches.

But it was only in 2013 that Kabila began the process, ordering the creation of the Constitutional Court.

To complete the restructuring, Kabila has now issued several executive orders naming those tasked with establishing the Court of Cassation and the Council of State as well as the prosecutors who will be attached to them, the state-run RTNC reported.

Justice Jerome Kitoko, who was president of the now-defunct Supreme Court, will take over as head of the Court of Cassation which deals with cases involving political figures and has the final say in legal challenges, whether civil, criminal or commercial.

Flory Kabange Numbi, who has until now served as attorney general, will become the court's chief prosecutor.

Felix Vunduawe, one of the Constitutional Court judges and a former chief of staff under the dictator Mobutu Sese Seko (1965-1997), has been named first president of the Council of State, which is the top authority for administrative justice.

Retired former attorney general Mushangalusha Ndoyodeza has been recalled to serve as the Council of State's chief prosecutor.

The DRC, rich in minerals but mired in poverty, is one of the most volatile countries in the world.

The country is in the grip of an escalating political crisis. Presidential elections, twice postponed, are scheduled to be held in December, but Kabila, in power since 2001, has so far refrained from saying whether he will run again.

Under the constitution, he is barred from seeking a third term. His second term expired at the end of December 2016, but he stayed on under a constitutional clause enabling the president to remain in office until his successor is elected.

* Sign up to News24's top Africa news in your inbox: SUBSCRIBE TO THE HELLO AFRICA NEWSLETTER

FOLLOW News24 Africa on Twitter and Facebook

Read more on:    drc  |  central africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.