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Profile: Who is Joseph Kabila’s Preferred Successor, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary?

Outgoing President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila has endorsed former Interior Minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary to succeed him.

He was selected following consultations within the ruling People’s Party for Reconstruction and Democracy (PPRD) political party and the Common Front for Congo (FCC), political coalition.

Shadary is the permanent secretary of the PPRD, and previously served as the governor of the Maniema Province.

He also is a member of the current Parliament of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Ramazani will contest in the December presidential elections in which he is expected to meet stiff resistance from several others especially Jean-Pierre Bemba.

Bemba recently returned to the country to seek nomination for president and appears to have considerable support not only back home but also among influential leaders in the region.

The ICC recently dropped charges of war crimes against him, allowing him to contest in the much-anticipated polls.

Another formidable presidential hopeful, Moise Katumbi has since been blocked from entering DRC.

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He had camped at the Zambia-DRC border until Zambian authorities asked him to leave the area to the mainland.

Ramazani is under international sanctions, accused of being involved in alleged violations of human rights during his reign as Interior Minister.

He decisively crushed the protests challenging Kabila’s hold onto power, leaving scores dead.

Who is Ramazan?

On November 29, 1960 – five months after DRC gained independence from  Belgium, Bakali Ramazani and Sifa Tabu had a child named Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary in Kasongo, Bangubangu Kabambare area in the Province of Maniema.

The Congolese are superstitious people. No wonder, it is said when Ramazani was born, a midwife, relying on the baby’s gestures, concluded: “He will be very awake and very intelligent”.

It’s said the prophecy of the midwife was realized when at the end of his primary studies in 1974, he achieved 86.4 percent to obtain his certificate which serves as a visa to begin secondary school.

Ramazani was later admitted to the University of Lubumbashi where he studied political science where he excelled, graduating in 1987.

He later obtained a post-graduate degree in political and administrative sciences at the University of Kinshasa.

Ramazani speaks French, Lingala, Swahili, Tshiluba and broken English.

Married to Mrs. Wivine Paipo Ngweli, Ramazani is a father of 8 children.

Career

He served as Assistant and Director General of Higher Education and University, Vice-Governor and Governor of Maniema (1998-2001) under Mzée Laurent Désiré Kabila –father of the outgoing leader.

He was the co-founder of the People’s Party for Reconstruction and Democracy (PPRD) in 2002.

Ramazani became National Executive Secretary in charge of the Electoral Process from 2005 to 2015.

In 2006 and 2011, he was twice elected National Deputy in the constituency of Kabambare.

During the same period, he was the Campaign Director of Candidate President Joseph Kabila in Maniema.

He also served as First Vice-President of the PAJ Commission in the National Assembly (2006-2011) before assuming the functions of President of the PPRD Parliamentary Group and Coordinator of the Parliamentary Majority in the lower house.

On May 17, 2015, as a reward for his loyalty, Ramazani, who also is known as “the man of difficult situations” was appointed Assistant Secretary General of the PPRD by President Kabila.

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