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DR Congo April 6 Kimbangu Public Holiday Update

Source: Présidence de la République Démocratique du Congo (Kinshasa)
Posted: Saturday, April 30, 2022


The ministre de l’emploi, travail et prévoyance sociale of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Claudine Ndusi, has informed the council of ministers of President Tshisekedi's continued desire to have April 6 declared a new annual public holiday in the DRC in memory of Simon Kimbangu.

As per the minutes of the aforementioned meeting of the Council of Ministers, "La ministre de l'emploi, travail et prévoyance sociale faisant suite aux instructions du Premier ministre a communiqué au conseil les conclusions de la 36e session du Conseil National du Travail. L'insistance a été faite sur l'ordonnance relative à l'actualisation des jours fériés et légaux en République Démocratique du Congo pour répondre à la volonté du Président de la République de dédier la date du 6 avril à la commémoration de la vie du prophète Simon Kimbangu".

A year ago, the President of the DRC, Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi, 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 (2021-04-06), but April 6 was not listed as a public holiday in the subsequent list of 2022 DRC public holidays (2022-01-04), and the matter seemed to have been dropped.

But, earlier this month, the directeur de cabinet adjoint du Président de la République, André Wameso, issued a communique reassuring the population on the intention of the President's intention to declare April 6 as a new annual public holiday honoring Simon Kimbangu (2022-04-08), and a week later, the President of the Senate, Modeste Bahati Lukwebo, informed the plenary assembly that only a few formalities remained (2022-04-12).



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