DRC: Government To Submit Bill On Ex-Presidents

 It offers full protection for former elected Heads of State, their families and assets.

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Parliament in the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC is expected to be summoned in the coming days for an extraordinary session to discuss a bill on what becomes of former Heads of State, Radio France International, RFI reported on June 17, 2018.

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According to government sources, the bill concerns the protection that will be granted ex-leaders, with six months to the next general elections on December 23, 2018 - including the presidential poll.

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Way back in 2015, Senator Modeste Mutinga of the G7 political grouping submitted a similar bill to the Senate, but nothing much came out of it. The bill to be submitted by government to parliament is a modification of what Senator Mutinga initiated three years ago.

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In September 2017, senators adopted the report of the special committee set up to examine the bill by Senator Modeste Mutinga on offering physical and material protection to former presidents, their families and assets. In addition, all elected former Heads of State will be offered a residential villa, and in case of death, spouses and minor children will continue to receive their allowances.

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Meanwhile, in preparation for the forthcoming crucial polls, government on June 12, 2018 announced the imminent creation of two top judicial institutions to complete constitutional reforms first outlined in 2006. With the advent of the Court of Cassation and the Council of State, the Supreme Court will finally be split into three separate branches.

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The Constitutional Court was created in 2013. 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.

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