Bruno Tshibala

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Bruno Tshibala
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Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Assumed office
18 May 2017
PresidentJoseph Kabila
DeputyLéonard She Okitundu
Preceded bySamy Badibanga
Personal details
Born (1956-02-20) February 20, 1956 (age 62)
Gandajika, Belgian Congo (now Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Political partyUnion for Democracy and Social Progress
Alma materMarien Ngouabi University

Bruno Tshibala Nzenze (born 20 February 1956) is a Congolese politician who has been Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo since May 2017.[1]

Education[edit]

He finished primary and secondary education in Lubumbashi and studied law at the Marien Ngouabi University in Brazzaville.

Political career[edit]

He began his political career while still a student in April 1980 at the age of 25 when he joined a leftist political party in Zaire during the rule of Mobutu Sese Seko.[2] In December 1980, he, along with 13 parliamentarians wrote a letter to ask President Mobutu for democratic reforms while the country was still under the one-party system.

On 7 April 2017, President Joseph Kabila appointed him as Prime Minister during a nationwide televised address. He took office on 18 May 2017.[3][4]

Arrest[edit]

On 9 October 2016, he was arrested at Kinshasa International Airport when he was about to board a plane to Brussels and was held at Makala Central Prison [fr]. The country's Attorney General accused him of organizing demonstrations on 19 and 20 September 2016 in Kinshasa. He was later granted a provisional release on 29 November 2016.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kabila names Bruno Tshibala new DRC prime minister". Al Jazeera. 8 April 2017.
  2. ^ "DRC: Bruno Tshibala appointed Prime Minister", Radio Okapi (in French).
  3. ^ "L'Avenir : « Primature: Tshibala aux commandes »" (in French). Radio Okapi. 19 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Bruno Tshibala prend les clefs de la Primature [Bruno Tshibala takes the keys of the Primature]" (in French). PRIMATURE. 18 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Bruno Tshibala: a prime minister on temporary release", Politico CD, 7 April 2017 (in French).
Political offices
Preceded by
Samy Badibanga
Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
2017–present
Incumbent