The proposed judicial reform in the Democratic Republic of Congo sparked a protest in Kinshasa last week after the Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga scolded President Felix Tshisekedi over the unlawful arrest of the Justice Minister Celestin Tunda Ya Kasende.
AFP news agnecy reported that Kasende was detained for several hours on Saturday after clashing with Tshisekedi over the changes, which set off two days of violent protests in Kinshasa last week.
He was later released without charge, with the prosecutor saying it was a “pointless hassle”, according to one of his supporters.
However members of the cabinet have expressed their displeasure over the humiliation of their colleague.”
Prime Minister Ilunga’s office said in a statement on Saturday that the ministers “condemn this arbitrary arrest” which they insisted was “in violation of the basic rule of law”, and called for justice to be served.
Several sources said on Saturday that Ilunga had threatened to resign over the incident.
Both Ilunga and Kasende are members of the Common Front for Congo , a grouping close to former president Joseph Kabila which sits alongside Tshisekedi’s Union for Democracy and Social Progress in government and accounts for about two thirds of cabinet members.
Tshisekedi assumed office in January, 2019, in the first peaceful transfer of power in sub-saharan Africa’s largest country.
Angry Tshisekedi supporters took to the street for two days last week in voilent demonstration against the changes.