First-ever female Prime Minister inaugurated in the Democratic Republic of Congo

First-ever female Prime Minister inaugurated in Democratic Republic of Congo

The political clime in the Democratic Republic of Congo inched more towards the side of inclusivity after the appointment of its new Prime Minister. The East African country on Wednesday inaugurated its first-ever female Prime Minister; Judith Suminwa Tuluka. The new PM promised to usher in a new Congo teeming with economic opportunities.

A report by the East African disclosed that Judith Suminwa Tuluka, the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s first female prime minister, was sworn in on Wednesday. This is huge considering that the DRC is among the 10 African countries with the lowest number of women in government

Tuluka and the other 54 new cabinet members officially became a part of the DRC’s current administration in the presence of the National Assembly, and the lower chamber of the DRC parliament. This momentous occasion followed the approval of the deputies on Tuluka’s action program with a required absolute majority.

During the presentation of her action agenda on Tuesday afternoon, Tuluka expressed her pride in being the first female Congolese prime minister and shattering the “glass ceiling”.

“By assuming this position, I am fully aware of the historical importance of this moment and the symbolism of this appointment for the Congolese nation. I feel both the weight of the responsibility on me and an immense pride in the idea of representing within the Republic, the culmination of the efforts of all Congolese men and women tending to break the famous ‘glass ceiling’,” the new Prime Minister stated.

As Prime Minister, she promised to create 2.6 million jobs and establish an academy of mathematics and artificial intelligence in Kinshasa, as part of a broader mission to usher in an “emerging Congo.”

She also outlined steps to address climate change, public services, infrastructural connectivity, economic diversification, and national security.

The new Prime Minister boasts an applied economics master’s degree from Belgium’s Universite libre de Bruxelles. She was named state minister for planning in March 2023. She also worked as the deputy coordinator of the presidential office-affiliated Presidential Strategic Monitoring Council from 2020 to 2023.

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