Source:Présidence de la République Démocratique du Congo (Kinshasa)
Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2021
The President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi, has announced that he would ask both chamber of parliament to enact legislation to make April 6 a new annual public holiday in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to commemorate the founding of Simon Kimbangu's Kimanguiste church ("Je demande aux présidents de l’Assemblée nationale et du Sénat pour que la date du 06 avril soit retenue comme journée chômée et payée").
In late 2019 (2019-12-07), the government gave serious, but brief, consideration to the declaration of January 24 a new annual public holiday in the DRC.
But, this idea was dropped (2019-12-09), probably due to the fact that the month of January is already busy with other Congolese public holidays, on January 1, 4, 16 and 17, and this was confirmed when the list of 2020 public holidays in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was released (2020-01-15).
More recently (2020-06-30), President Tshisekedi elevated the first president of the DRC, Joseph-Kasa Vubu, as national hero, which would normally mean that March 24, the day of Joseph-Kasa Vubu's death, would become a new annual public holiday in the DRC, along with January 16 (Laurent Désiré Kabila) and January 17 (Patrice Emery Lumumba).
But, the inclusion of either March 24 or April 6 as new public holidays in the Democratic Republic of the Congo remains tentative, in our opinion.
Links and References
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