Sylvestre Ilunga Ilunga Ilunkamba, the safe bet of experience
Professor Sylvestre Ilunga Ilunkamba, 72, holds a doctorate in applied economics and was appointed Prime Minister of the DRC on Monday, May 20. After four months of procrastination between President Tshisekedi and his predecessor, who controls the parliamentary majority in order to validate the appointment of the Chief Executive, it is the choice of experience and intergenerational balance that seems to have won the day.

Little is known about this high-ranking academic, whom another Katangese in the media on May 20, Moïse Katumbi, describes as a "hard worker". Minister and Special Advisor to President Mobutu on several occasions from 1981 to 1991, Ilunga Ilunga Ilunkamba was appointed Executive Secretary of COPIREP in 2003, taking charge of the reform of the Portfolio's companies until 2014, before becoming CEO of the National Railway Company (SNCC) until 2019. This knowledgeable expert on the state machine, an experienced technocrat, now embodies the consensus between the FCC and the new government. He also embodies the push for intergenerational appeasement. This somewhat disturbing choice of President Tshisekedi, who, given the history of his late father and the expectations of a people who i's se average age is less than 25 years, might have been expected to opt for a drastic renewal of the ruling class, is to be more closely associated with national unity, which he fiercely defends.

The man of consensus and balance, but who also symbolises the need to put the economy at the top of the list of priorities, will therefore be the one to implement President Tshisekedi's vision. 


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