Joseph Olenghankoy was appointed as chair of the National Council to Oversee the implementation of the New Year’s Eve Agreement (CNSA). He was appointed at the conclusion of the working session presided over by the Speaker of the National Assembly, Aubin Minaku, and the Chairperson of the Senate, Leon Kengo wa Dondo.
He will be assisted by three vice presidents. The first vice-president is Adolphe Lumanu, from the ruling coalition. The second one, Vital Kamerhe, who boycotted the appointment session, hails from the wing of the opposition that signed the partial deal on 18 October 2016. Kamerhe dispute the legitimacy of Kengo and Minanu to chair the meeting that appointed CNSA members. The third vice-presidential seat was allocated to the National Front for Constitution Respect. This political platform has until Monday to take up the position.
Speaking to the media after his appointment, Olenghankoy expressed his happiness for being, unanimously, appointed to take over the position which was initially given to Etienne Tshisekedi, the leading Congolese opposition leader, who died before taking the positon up.
“Mine are feelings of joy to see all these important personalities here having chosen me to this position. Unbelievable, yet true that after the demise of Etienne Tshisekedi, a hallmark of resistance, I was unanimously singled out and I am wondering what I will give them in return. I think I will be open to anyone who stands ready to help me with my weaknesses” said Olenghankoy.
Guarding against any demagogy, the newly-appointed chair of the CNSA rather wanted to allow the Congolese people to gauge him based on his performance in the job.
“It is difficult to make promises; as I am not a demagogue. All the population knows me as a very vocal person committed to the truth in word and deed. I think that in due course, the people will themselves judge. We need to take the country towards democracy and peace” he added.