Following the deadlock in the talks brokered by Catholic Bishops in a bid to conclude the power-sharing arrangement, President Kabila took it upon himself to resolve the impasse.

For day one of consultations, Kabila exchanged views with Vital Kamerhe, leader of the opposition faction that signed the AU-facilitated agreement on 18 October 2016; Léon Kengo Wa Dondo, Chairman of the Senate and leader of the Republican Opposition; and Maguy Kiala, spokeswoman of the section of the civil society that signed the AU-facilitated agreement on 18 October 2016.

Door-stepped after his meeting with Kabila, Kamerhe told the media that discussions with the Head of State centred on the position of Prime Minister, the National Agreement Oversight Council (CNSA) and elections.

Léon Kengo on his part hailed Kabila’s initiative to consult political stakeholders and added:

“It is the President of the Republic who enquired of his guests”.

Maguy Kiala said her faction of the civil society recommended that Kabila should approve of the list of Prime Minister candidates to be submitted to him by the opposition rally. She further sought for more ministerial seats to be allocated to her organisation when the new interim government is formed. As for the CNSA, Maguy Kiala underscored the need to pick a consensual candidate to chair the oversight body.

“A consensus must be reached as to the person who should chair the CNSA”.

Commenced this Monday, these consultations will continue through to Tuesday before Kabila addresses both houses of parliament. According a communiqué from the Presidency, these consultations aim “to pave the way for the implementation of the political deal struck on New Year’s Eve 2016”.