After a closed door plenary session, the National Assembly confirms: Malumalu is unassailable

By ERIC WEMBA, US Africa News. Updated 2014-04-12

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After a closed door plenary session, the National Assembly confirms: Malumalu is unassailable
After a closed door plenary session, the National Assembly confirms: Malumalu is unassailable

Meeting on Monday, March 31, 2014, in the Hall of Congress of the People's Palace for a fraught in-camera session, the elected representatives of the people rejected the initiative of their colleague Emery Okundji, which sought an inquiry of the President of the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI).

As a rationale, they pointed to the absence of constitutional or statutory provisions allowing the National Assembly to control the CENI, an independent institution, in order to support democracy. It was brought up during the debate yesterday that the inquiry presupposes a penalty, assuming that the expected answers of those under inquiry would be unconvincing. However, in this case, the National Assembly does not have the capacity to punish the president of the CENI Office. Consequently, any approach involving an inquiry is inappropriate. This is why the plenary considered that Malumalu was unassailable at the level of national Representation.

If the National Assembly thinks that the administrative and financial management of the CENI would be a problem, it can, if needed, apply to the Court of Auditors.

It should be recalled that, according to the document distributed last March, the national MPs had to pronounce on the opportunity to hear from those involved about the state of the electoral roll audit of the central server, location of the backup server, safeguards, duplicate management, mapping of polling stations, etc. 

In his address, Emery Awwic demanded to know if the current electoral roll could ensure the transparency of the open and credible elections, so as to avoid the errors of 2006 and 2011.

Blocked by the plenary, he has not accepted the rejection of his initiative. Relying on case law, he recalled that in his time, Pastor Daniel Ngoy Mulunda, then President of the CENI, was arrested by the same National Assembly, in order to explain his administrative and financial management. Why had the Assembly agreed to trample on Constitutional prescriptions? In his opinion, the refusal of the plenary to interview the Abbot Malumalu about the electoral roll could lead to uncontrollable excesses in the conduct of the electoral process through 2014.

Emery Awwic deplored the waste made by the plenary of a ready-made opportunity to allow the Congolese people and the political class to have sufficient transparency on the holding of the election process.

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