DR Congo assembly ousts governor for poor governance

The governor of South Kivu province in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has been dismissed by the assembly.

Theo Ngwabidje was voted out in a motion of no confidence with several accusations made including poor governance.

The assembly session was held amid a clash between the police and members of the public who were outside the assembly building in the provincial capital Bukavu.

The session was attended by 33 representatives, 28 of whom voted for the governor’s dismissal.

Mr Ngwabidje has been asked to submit his resignation to the president within 48 hours.

But in a statement on Twitter, Mr Ngwabidje has dismissed the assembly’s vote calling it “an organised treachery…that we consider as a political gangsterism with no effect”.

South Kivu has suffered insecurity like most of eastern DR Congo because of the presence of armed rebels.

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