Augustin Matata Ponyo

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Augustin Matata Ponyo
23rd Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
In office
18 April 2012 – 17 November 2016
PresidentJoseph Kabila
Preceded byLouis Alphonse Koyagialo (Acting)
Succeeded bySamy Badibanga
Minister of Finance
In office
21 February 2010 – 12 April 2012
Prime MinisterAdolphe Muzito
Louis Alphonse Koyagialo (Acting)
Preceded byAtanase Matenda
Succeeded byHenri Yav Mulang
Personal details
Born (1964-06-05) June 5, 1964 (age 55)
Maniema, Congo-Léopoldville
(now Congo-Kinshasa)
Political partyPeople's Party for Reconstruction and Democracy
Alma materUniversity of Kinshasa

Augustin Matata Ponyo Mapon (born 5 June 1964)[1] is a Congolese political figure who was Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo from April 2012 to November 2016.[2] Previously he served as Minister of Finance from February 2010 to April 2012;[3][4] as Prime Minister, he retained responsibility for the finance portfolio.


On 12 February 2012, while serving as Finance Minister, Ponyo was seriously injured in a plane crash near the town of Bukavu in which two passengers and both crew members were killed.

On 18 April 2012 he was appointed as Prime Minister by President Joseph Kabila.[5]

He visited Beni after the massacre there, and was booed by hundreds of people. Violent protests then broke out which resulted in the deaths of three people.[6]

He resigned as Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 14 November 2016, as part of an African Union-backed national dialogue framework agreement which specifies an opposition leader takes the position of Prime Minister.[7]


  1. ^ "Congo-Kinshasa: Gros plan sur Matata Ponyo Mapon". 2 August 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2012. (French)
  2. ^ CIA World Leaders, Democratic Republic of the Congo Archived 6 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "DR Congo Finance Minister Augustin Ponyo to be new PM". BBC News. 19 April 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Joseph Kabila Reshuffles Government". 21 February 2010. Retrieved 13 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Congo president names finance minister to PM job", Associated Press, 19 April 2012.
  6. ^ "Three dead in protests after DR Congo massacre", Agence France-Presse, 18 August 2016.
  7. ^ Ismail Akwei, "DR Congo Prime Minister Matata Ponyo resigns", Africanews, 14 November 2016.
Political offices
Preceded by
Atanase Matenda
Minister of Finance
Succeeded by
Henri Yav Mulang
Preceded by
Louis Alphonse Koyagialo
Prime Minister of the Congo-Kinshasa
Succeeded by
Samy Badibanga