The generous layer of cream, the slightly dripping chocolate topping, the impeccably distributed blue, yellow and red icing… Everything in the birthday cake that Joseph Kabila is about to cut seems to arouse the appetite of the guests around him. This March 31, the former president celebrates them 20 years of his People’s Party for Reconstruction and Development (PPRD). All the executives are present for the occasion. The permanent secretary general, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, the former presidents of the National Assembly, Aubin Minaku and Jeanine Mabunda… Whether they are arms crossed or already with their plate in hand, everyone is no doubt hoping to be entitled to their share.
Because at the time of celebrating this symbolic anniversary, the PPRD is in full overhaul. After having dominated the political scene for more than eighteen years, the formation of Joseph Kabila is now seeking to rebound after the loss of his majority at the end of 2020 and the departure of many of his executives in the camp of President Tshisekedi. The meeting of the political office which was held on March 31 under the aegis of the raïs therefore had the value of a new start with, in sight, the organization of a congress. “The challenge for us is clear: it is the reconquest of power”, assumes Adam Chalwe, executive of the PPRD.