The Congolese government has decided that the 60th anniversary of the commemoration of the independence of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), on June 30, will take place in “meditation” because of the coronavirus pandemic, has- he announced Saturday.
“Taking into account the particular circumstances linked to the socio-economic crisis caused by the Covid-19, the commemoration of this June 30 will be done in meditation”, indicates the report of the Council of Ministers which was held Friday by video -conference in Kinshasa.
In view of this particular situation, the President of the Republic, Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Shilombo, urged the government to reserve the budget that had been planned for the June 30 holiday for frontline health workers as part of the response against the Covid -19, as well as the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) “as a bonus for their acts of bravery and heroism”, adds the text quoted by the Congolese press.
The amount of the budget that had been set aside for the commemorations was not specified.
The sector ministers were responsible for making all the arrangements to execute this decision, adds the minutes.
Already last year, the 59th anniversary of the independence of the former Belgian Congo was celebrated in meditation. “To allow the country to better prepare for the celebration of its 60 years of existence,” according to the government of the time – the current one was only formed in August 2019.