June 6, 2024

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DR-Congo Prime Minister resigns, prefers parliamentary seat as ADF rebels kill 8

File — Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde, as DRC’s Prime Minister, speaks at the COP27 UN Climate Summit, on November 8, 2022, in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

DEMOCRATIC Republic of Congo’s prime minister, Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde, resigned on Tuesday, triggering the dissolution of his government, the presidency said in a statement.
This comes only hours after reports emerged that Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels attacked Mayimoya in Beni territory, killing at least eight persons.
The prime minister handed his resignation letter to President Felix Tshisekedi eight days after the validation of his mandate as a national deputy.
Lukonde will now join parliament as a member of the assembly.
He was appointed prime minister of the mineral-rich central African country in February 2021, at age 43.
After he was re-elected in December, Tshisekedi named a representative to identify a majority coalition within the National Assembly in view of forming his next government.
Meanwhile, suspected militants linked to the Islamic State group have killed eight people in an attack in eastern DR-Congo, a local official says.
Rebels from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attacked Mayimoya in Beni territory late Monday, administrative official Sabiti Njiamoja says.
“Eight people including three women were killed,” he says, adding the army was conducting a search operation in nearby bushes.
“We call on our soldiers to take their responsibilities (seriously) because lately there’s been ADF militancy in Eringeti, Kainama and Kokola,” he says, referring to northern locations in North Kivu province.
The ADF, historically a Ugandan Muslim majority rebel coalition, established itself in eastern DRC in 1995.
Its adherents have since killed thousands of civilians, with attacks spreading from North Kivu to neighboring Ituri province in recent years.
The group, one of the deadliest militias in the strife-torn area, pledged allegiance to the Islamic State organisation in 2019.
In December, the ADF was accused of two attacks in western Uganda in which 13 villagers were killed.
In late 2021, the Ugandan and DRC armies launched a joint military operation against the ADF but attacks have not stopped.
The last major attack blamed on the group was February 6, when 11 villagers were killed in raids on several villages in Ituri’s Mambasa area.