Congo President Joseph Kabila will be stepping down from power after the next election, his ruling coalition, the Common Front for Congo (FCC), has announced.
The coalition named his People’s Party for Reconstruction and Democracy (PPRD) secretary Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary as Kabila’s successor.
The decision, which puts to rest speculation that Kabila will seek to defy the constitution and run again, comes hours to the deadline of 1530GMT for all candidates contesting to put in their documents with the electoral commission.
Kabila’s own candidacy would be in breach of a two-term limit.
Eight candidates including at least three from the opposition have already submitted their names.
Among opposition candidates, there are Felix Tshisekedi, 55, leader of Congo’s oldest opposition party UDPS, and Jean-Pierre Bemba, 55, a former warlord recently acquitted by the International Criminal Court of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Prophecy about Ramazani’s greatness
Kabila had many names to pick from including former Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo; Kabila’s chief of staff, Nehemie Mwilanya Wilondja; and the president of the National Assembly, Aubin Minaku.
edge.ug has learnt that Ramazani co-founded the People’s Party for Reconstruction and Democracy (PPRD) in 2002 with Joseph Kabila.
Ramazani was born five months after the independence of the Belgian Congo, around 29 November 1960, to Bakali Ramazani and Sifa Tabu in Kasongo area in the province of Maniema.
The couple [Bakali and Sifa] decided to give the baby the name of Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary.
Already, to observe his reflexes and gestures immediately after his birth, a midwife who attended Mama Sifa Tabu exclaimed, “He will be very awake and very intelligent”.
The oracle of the Midwife was realised when at the end of his primary studies in 1974, he achieved 86.4% to obtain his certificate which serves as a visa to begin secondary school.
Here again, Ramazani confirms the prophecy of the Midwife of Kasongo by completing his pedagogical humanities with 73%.
Winner of his school, Ramazani is admitted to the University of Lubumbashi, the Faculty of Social, Administrative and Political Sciences.
From the first cycle to the second, he graduated in 1987 with five distinctions.
It is therefore nicknamed “blow by blow” by his contemporaries. It is with the mention “the greatest distinction” that he finishes his third cycle in political and administrative sciences at the University of Kinshasa where he is a doctoral student since 2015.
French, Lingala, Swahili, Tshiluba and English (medium) are his favourite languages.
Married to Mrs. Wivine Paipo Ngweli, Ramazani is a father of 8 children and has a long experience behind him.
Path to greatness
He was an Assistant and Director General of Higher Education and University, Actor of the Civil Society Maniema and the Sovereign National Conference, Vice-Governor, then Governor of Maniema (1998-2001) under Mzée Laurent Désiré Kabila.
He co-founded the People’s Party for Reconstruction and Democracy (PPRD) in 2002; he became National Executive Secretary in charge of the Electoral Process and Discipline from 2005 to 2015.
In 2006 and 2011, he was twice elected National Deputy in the Kabambare constituency. During the same period, he was the Campaign Director of Candidate President Joseph KABILA in Maniema.
First Vice-President of the PAJ Commission in the National Assembly (2006-2011), he would then assume the functions of President of the PPRD Parliamentary Group and Coordinator of the Parliamentary Majority in the lower house until today.
On May 17, 2015, as a reward for his merits and success in political crises, the one who is still nicknamed “the man of difficult situations” is appointed Assistant Secretary General of the PPRD by his Initiator, Joseph Kabila Kabange.
In August 2018, he is designated as Joseph Kabila Kabangue’s dauphin to run for the DRC presidential elections.
He is designated candidate for the presidency on August 08, 2018.