It was expected. It is now official. Dieudonné Kamuleta Badibanga was elected President of the Constitutional Court by his peers on Tuesday, June 21. The magistrate appointed to head the high national jurisdiction also becomes, in fact, president of the Superior Council of Magistracy. A strategic position occupied since April 2021 by Dieudonné Kaluba Dibwa, before being ousted in early May.
Reputed to be close to Félix Tshisekedi, he was considered the most influential judge in the country, before losing the confidence of the head of state, who asked for his dismissal on May 6. In question, in particular, the management of the Matata Ponyo Mapon case, in which the High Court had declared itself incompetent. Dieudonné Kamuleta Badibanga, who has just officially taken over the presidency, has led it on an interim basis since the dismissal of his predecessor. He was elected for a renewable three-year term.
Three new judges
His election comes just under a week after Christian Bahati Yuma, Sylvain Lumu Mbaya and Mandza Andia Dieudonné, the three new judges of the Constitutional Court, officially took office on Wednesday June 15, replacing judges Evariste-Prince Funga Mwata Molima, Dieudonné Kaluba Dibwa and Polycarpe Mongulu.
“I solemnly swear to fulfill loyally and faithfully the functions of member of the Constitutional Court of the DRC. To exercise them in all impartiality, in compliance with the Constitution, to keep the secrets of deliberation and voting, not to take any public position, not to give any consultation in a private capacity on matters falling within the jurisdiction of the Constitutional Court and not to undertake any activity calling into question the independence, impartiality and dignity of the Court”, they swore during their swearing in, pronounced before the Head of State, the deputies, senators, ministers and representatives of constituted bodies.
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