An official source has disclosed that Congolese Head of State Denis Sassou Nguesso has appointed a new Prime Minister, Anatole Collinet Makosso, Minister of Education in the outgoing government.
Sassou’s chief of staff, General Florent Ntsiba in a statement, said “Anatole Collinet Makosso is appointed Prime Minister”, replacing Clement Mouamba, in office since 2016.
NCNC gathered that Mouamba had resigned on May 5 following the swearing in on April 16 of President Sassou Nguesso, 77 years old, 37 of which have been at the head of the country, who was re-elected in early April for a fifth five-year term.
According to local reports, his successor, Mr. Collinet Makosso, born in 1965 in the southern economic capital Pointe-Noire, began his political career in 1990. He was in turn advisor and director of cabinet of the prefect of Kouilou, Pointe-Noire region.
Makosso, teacher by training, also a writer, became an advisor to President Sassou Nguesso from 1998, then director of cabinet of Antoinette Sassou Nguesso, the first lady.
Official records have it that he joined the government as Minister of Youth and Civil Instruction in 2011. Since 2016, he has held the position of Minister of Primary and Secondary Education in charge of literacy. Makosso was deputy campaign manager of candidate Sassou Nguesso during the last presidential election.
In view of the appointment, the new Prime Minister now has the difficult task of forming a new government to fight corruption, improve access to water and electricity, and deal with social problems such as the payment of pension arrears. Also, he will have to implement the many campaign promises of President Sassou Nguesso in favor of the country’s youth, reports said.