Clément Mouamba

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Clément Mouamba
Clément Mouamba, July 2016.jpg
Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo
Assumed office
23 April 2016
PresidentDenis Sassou Nguesso
Preceded byIsidore Mvouba (2009)
Personal details
Born1943/1944 (age 75–76)[1]
Sibiti, French Equatorial Africa
(now Republic of the Congo)
Political partyParty of Labour

Clément Mouamba (born 1944?)[1] is a Congolese politician who has been Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo since 2016. Previously he served as Minister of Finance from 1992 to 1993.

Political career[edit]

Mouamba was born in late 1943 or early 1944[1] in Sibiti.[2] Under President Pascal Lissouba, he was Minister of Finance from September 1992 to June 1993.[3] Mouamba was a leading member of the Pan-African Union for Social Democracy (UPADS), which was the ruling party under Lissouba and went into opposition after Lissouba's ouster in the 1997 civil war.[4]

Mouamba was one of several top officials who served under Lissouba to face corruption charges in connection with the misappropriation of funds from selling oil, far below market value, to Occidental Petroleum in 1993. However, on 27 December 2001 the charges against Mouamba and Claudine Munari were dismissed on the grounds that they were just following orders. Lissouba and four other top officials—who were tried in absentia, as they had fled the country when Lissouba was ousted—were convicted and sentenced to decades of hard labour.[5]

At the first extraordinary congress of UPADS, held on 27–28 December 2006, Mouamba was elected as one of the party's 25 vice-presidents.[6]

Mouamba broke with his party in the period preceding the 2015 constitutional referendum, choosing to take part in a government-sponsored dialogue, which the opposition boycotted, on the question of changing the constitution. The referendum, which UPADS opposed, allowed President Denis Sassou Nguesso to run for another term in the March 2016 presidential election.[4] After Sassou Nguesso was sworn in for another term on 16 April 2016, he appointed Mouamba as Prime Minister on 23 April.[3][4]

Mouamba was designated as the candidate of the ruling Congolese Labour Party (PCT) in the town of Sibiti for the July 2017 parliamentary election, taking the place of Thierry Moungalla, the Minister of Communications.[7][8] Mouamba ran unopposed, with no other candidates standing in the constituency.[9] Following the election, in which the PCT won a parliamentary majority, Mouamba submitted the pro forma resignation of his government on 16 August.[10] As the oldest member (doyen d'âge) of the newly elected National Assembly, he presided over the election of the Bureau of the National Assembly on 19 August 2017.[11][12] Sassou Nguesso reappointed him as Prime Minister on 21 August.[13] The composition of Mouamba's new government was announced on 22 August; it was slightly smaller than his previous government (35 members compared to 38), but the changes in the composition of the government were considered relatively minor.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Congo-Brazzaville: qui est Clément Mouamba, le nouveau Premier ministre?". Jeune Afrique. 10 May 2016. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Clément Mouamba le 1er Ministre illégal et illégitime affirme sa co-responsabilié des crimes contre l'humanité au Congo et le génocide en cours au Congo" (in French). FRTDH. 5 May 2017.
  3. ^ a b Gankama N'Siah, "Exécutif congolais: Clément Mouamba nommé Premier ministre, chef du gouvernement", ADIAC, 24 April 2016 (in French).
  4. ^ a b c "Congo Republic president names one-time opposition leader as PM", Reuters, 23 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Congolese ex-leader guilty of treason", BBC News, 29 December 2001.
  6. ^ "Pascal Tsati Mabiala élu secrétaire général de l'Union panafricaine pour la démocratie sociale (UPADS)", Les Dépêches de Brazzaville, 29 December 2006 (in French).
  7. ^ Roger Ngombé, "Elections législatives : des surprises dans la liste du PCT", ADIAC, 7 June 2017 (in French).
  8. ^ Germaine Mapanga, "Elections législatives : Clément Mouamba tacle Thierry Moungalla à Sibiti", Les Echos du Congo Brazzaville, 8 June 2017 (in French).
  9. ^ Roger Ngombé, "Elections législatives : Des favoris et des duels attendus", ADIAC, 29 June 2017 (in French).
  10. ^ "Exécutif national : Clément Mouamba démissionne avec son gouvernement", ADIAC, 17 August 2017 (in French).
  11. ^ Bertrand Boukaka, "Congo – Assemblée Nationale : Isidore Mvouba accède au perchoir", Les Echos du Congo Brazzaville, 19 August 2017 (in French).
  12. ^ Firmin Oyé, "Parlement : Isidore Mvouba élu président de l’Assemblée nationale", ADIAC, 20 August 2017 (in French).
  13. ^ Christian Brice Elion, "Clément Mouamba reconduit au poste de Premier ministre", ADIAC, 21 August 2017 (in French).
  14. ^ "Nouveau gouvernement : 35 ministres contre 38 dans l’équipe sortante", ADIAC, 22 August 2017 (in French).
Political offices
Vacant
Title last held by
Isidore Mvouba
Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo
2016–present
Incumbent