Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi has named a veteran lawyer and decide to go the nation’s apex court docket, signaling an extra intent to ring-fence his administration additional.
Elected member of the Constitutional Courtroom since July 17, 2020 by President Tshisekedi, Justice Dieudonné Kaluba Dibwa will change into the primary president of this excessive judicial establishment within the DRC below the present administration.
He was elected by his friends to the constitutional court docket on April 20 and replaces Benoît Lwamba, who resigned a couple of months in the past because the nation’s ruling coalition established in 2019 neared its finish.
Professor Dibwa first turned outstanding through the trial of Very important Kamerhe, President Tshisekedi’s former chief of employees, who was sentenced to twenty years of pressured labour final Might. He appealed the sentence.
Highly effective court docket
Prof Dibwa didn’t maintain again his blows in opposition to Kamerhe. His election is seen as a profitable coup by Tshisekedi’s regime in view of the upcoming elections.
The constitutional court docket is the best court docket in DR Congo. It guidelines on electoral disputes and its judgments, that are instantly enforceable, will not be topic to appeals.
The constitutional court docket has the prerogative to validate all of the legal guidelines of the nation earlier than their implementation. It’s due to this fact a really highly effective court docket which is now completely favorable to Mr Tshisekedi.
The legislation offers that the president of the constitutional court docket is elected for a three-year time period, renewable as soon as.
Prof Dibwa’s appointment comes because the nation embarks on electoral and institutional reforms.
So who’s Prof Dibwa?
He was born February 4, 1966 in Mbuji-Mayi, the capital of Kasai-Oriental province, and from the identical province as Mr Tshisekedi.
He holds a Phd in Public Legislation from the College of Legislation of the College of Kinshasa (Unikin) and is a lawyer on the Courtroom of Attraction of Kinshasa/Gombe. He additionally acts as counsel earlier than the Worldwide Prison Courtroom (ICC).
In his capability as a professor, the brand new president of the Constitutional Courtroom of DRC has authored a number of publications (books and scientific articles) within the fields of private and non-private legislation.
When he was 54 years outdated, he joined the Constitutional Courtroom on July 17, 2020, appointed alongside two different magistrates by President Tshisekedi, a transfer which marked the beginning of the break-up between Joseph Kabila and the President.