Bruno Itoua

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Bruno Itoua
Born Bruno Jean-Richard Itoua
(1956-10-06) 6 October 1956 (age 61)
Alma mater École Spéciale des Travaux Publics
Occupation Politician

Bruno Jean-Richard Itoua (born 6 October 1956[1]) is a Congolese politician who has served in the government of Congo-Brazzaville as Minister of Higher Education since 2016. Previously he was Director-General of the National Oil Company of Congo (Société Nationale des Pétroles du Congo, SNPC) from 1998 to 2005, Minister of Energy and Hydraulics from 2005 to 2011, and Minister of Scientific Research from 2011 to 2016.


An ethnic Mbochi and a member of the Gamboma clan,[2] Itoua was born in Pointe-Noire[1] but was considered a native of Cuvette Department.[2] He graduated from the École spéciale des travaux publics, a French civil engineering school in Paris, in 1982. During the 1980s, he worked in Congo-Brazzaville at the National Electricity Company[1] and subsequently at the subsidiary oil company Elf-Congo.[1][3][4] He held various posts at Elf-Congo from 1985 to 1997.[1]

Under President Denis Sassou Nguesso, Itoua was appointed as Adviser to the President for Hydrocarbons, Mines, Energy, and Hydraulics in 1997, and he was additionally appointed as Director-General of the National Oil Company of Congo (Société Nationale des Pétroles du Congo, SNPC) in April 1998.[5] He was also appointed as a member of the administrative council of Hydro-Congo, the Congolese oil exploration and exploitation company, on 31 December 1999.[6] As head of the state oil company and oil adviser to President Sassou Nguesso, Itoua was considered as "one of the country's most powerful men",[3] and he was characterized as "a sort of honorary son" of Sassou Nguesso due to his aunt's friendship with the President.[2]

After seven years at the head of the SNPC, Itoua was appointed to the government as Minister of Energy and Hydraulics on 7 January 2005.[7][8] Denis Gokana was appointed to replace him at the SNPC.[9] As Minister of Energy and Hydraulics, Itoua was responsible for overseeing some major projects intended to increase the water supply.[10]

Itoua was elected as the President of the Executive Bureau of the Patronage Saint-Anne football club on 16 February 2007. He assumed that position on 5 April.[11]

In the June–August 2007 parliamentary election, Itoua was elected to the National Assembly as the candidate of the ruling Congolese Party of Labour (PCT) for Ollombo I constituency;[12][13] he won the seat in the first round with 68.71% of the vote,[13] defeating independent candidate Fidèle Bossa and Club 2002-PUR candidate Paud Rock Joseph.[14]

In a minor government reshuffle on 12 December 2011, Itoua switched ministries with Henri Ossébi, becoming Minister of Scientific Research.[15] Itoua stood again as the PCT candidate for Ollombo I constituency in the July–August 2012 parliamentary election; he again won the seat in the first round of voting,[16][17] receiving 100% of the vote.[17] Following the election, he was retained in his post as Minister of Scientific Research and Technological Innovation in the government named on 25 September 2012.[18]

After Sassou Nguesso's victory in the March 2016 presidential election, he moved Itoua to the post of Minister of Higher Education on 30 April 2016.[19] In the July 2017 parliamentary election, he was re-elected to the National Assembly as the PCT candidate in the first constituency of Ollombo, winning the seat in the first round with 75% of the vote.[20]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Biographie du Ministre de l'Energie et de l'Hydraulique Son Excellence Bruno Jean Richard Itoua", Ministry of Energy and Hydraulics of Congo-Brazzaville (accessed 10 July 2013) Archived June 22, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. (in French).
  2. ^ a b c "Nepotists' nirvana", Africa Confidential, volume 45, number 9, 30 April 2004.
  3. ^ a b "Bruno J.R. Itoua", Africa Energy Intelligence, number 303, Africa Intelligence, 18 July 2001.
  4. ^ Jeune Afrique, issues 2,430–2,438 (2007), page 82 (in French).
  5. ^ "Who's Who", Congo Brazzaville: Les Hommes de Pouvoir, number 1, Africa Intelligence, 29 October 2002 (in French).
  6. ^ "Décret n°:99-273 du 31 December 1999 portant nomination des membres du conseil d'administration de la société nationale de recherche et d'exploitation pétrolières, Hydro-Congo", Presidency of Congo-Brazzaville (in French).
  7. ^ François Soudan, "Les hommes du président", Jeune Afrique, 17 January 2005 (in French).
  8. ^ "Le président Denis Sassou Nguesso remanie le gouvernement congolais", Les Dépêches de Brazzaville, 8 January 2005 (in French). Archived May 28, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "Management shake-up", Africa Energy Intelligence, number 386, Africa Intelligence, 2 February 2005.
  10. ^ "Congo: Boost for water supplies", IRIN, 25 June 2008.
  11. ^ James Golden Eloué, "Football. Patronage installe officiellement ses nouveaux dirigeants", Les Dépêches de Brazzaville, 6 April 2007 (in French). Archived July 8, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ "La liste complète des députés", Les Dépêches de Brazzaville, 11 August 2007 (in French). Archived February 9, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ a b "Elections législatives : les 44 élus du premier tour", Les Dépêches de Brazzaville, 2 July 2007 (in French). Archived February 26, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ Willy Mbossa, "Législatives. Intense activité politique dans le nord des Plateaux", Les Dépêches de Brazzaville, 19 June 2007 (in French). Archived March 11, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ "Congo : léger réaménagement de l'équipe gouvernementale" Archived May 15, 2012, at the Wayback Machine., Xinhua, 13 December 2011 (in French).
  16. ^ "Liste des élus au premier tour" Archived December 3, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., Les Dépêches de Brazzaville, number 1,539, 23 July 2012, page 8 (in French).
  17. ^ a b "Résultats du premier tour des élections législatives 2012", La Semaine Africaine, 24 July 2012 (in French).
  18. ^ "La nouvelle équipe gouvernementale rendue publique le 25 septembre" Archived October 19, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., Les Dépêches de Brazzaville, number 1,584, 26 September 2012, page 2 (in French).
  19. ^ "Équipe gouvernementale de la Nouvelle République", ADIAC, 1 May 2016 (in French).
  20. ^ "Les résultats tels que publiés par le ministre de l’intérieur et de la décentralisation", La Semaine Africaine, number 3,711, 25 July 2017, page 7 (in French).

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