Joseph Kabila

Joseph Kabila
Joseph Kabila April 2016.jpg
Kabila in 2016
4th President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
In office
17 January 2001 – 24 January 2019
Acting: 17 January 2001 – 26 January 2001
Prime MinisterAntoine Gizenga
Adolphe Muzito
Louis Alphonse Koyagialo (Acting)
Augustin Matata Ponyo
Samy Badibanga
Bruno Tshibala
Vice PresidentAzarias Ruberwa
Arthur Z'ahidi Ngoma
Abdoulaye Yerodia Ndombasi
Jean-Pierre Bemba (2003–2006)
Preceded byLaurent-Désiré Kabila
Succeeded byFélix Tshisekedi
Senator for life
Assumed office
15 March 2019
Personal details
Joseph Kabila Kabange

(1971-06-04) 4 June 1971 (age 48)
Fizi, Congo-Léopoldville
(now Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Political partyPeople's Party for Reconstruction and Democracy
Alma materMakerere University
People's Liberation Army National Defense University
Military service
AllegianceDR Congo
Branch/serviceArmed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Joseph Kabila Kabange (ə/; French: [ʒozɛf kabila]; born 4 June 1971) is a Congolese politician who served as President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo between January 2001 and January 2019. He took office ten days[1] after the assassination of his father, President Laurent-Désiré Kabila. He was elected as President in 2006 and re-elected in 2011 for a second term.[2] Since stepping down after the 2018 election, Kabila, as a former president, will be a senator for life, according to the Constitution of the DRC.[3][4]

Kabila's term was due to expire on 20 December 2016, according to the terms of the constitution adopted in 2006. Officials suggested that elections would be held in November 2016, but on 29 September 2016, the nation's electoral authority announced that the election would not be held until early 2018. Talk focused on the need for a census before holding elections.[5] In August 2018, Kabila announced that he would step down and not seek reelection in the December 2018 general election.[6]

While in power, Joseph Kabila faced continuous wars in eastern Congo and internal rebel forces supported by the neighboring governments of Uganda and Rwanda.

Early life and education

Joseph Kabila Kabange and his twin sister Jaynet Kabila were born on 4 June 1971. According to official accounts, the twins were born at Hewabora, a small village in the Fizi territory of the South Kivu province, in eastern Congo. Rumors have abounded that Kabila was actually born in Tanzania, which would make him a citizen of that country.[7] He is the son of long time rebel, former AFDL leader and president of the Congo Laurent-Désiré Kabila and Sifa Mahanya.

Kabila's childhood coincided with the low point of his father's political and military career. He was raised in relative remoteness, with few records of his early days. Kabila attended a primary school organized by his father's rebel forces, before moving to Tanzania where he completed primary and secondary school. Due to his father's status as an enemy of Zairean strongman Mobutu Sese Seko, Kabila posed as a Tanzanian in his school years to avoid detection by Zairean intelligence agents.[7]

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