— Published 28 January 2022

Keys handed over in mid-June


Preparations for the 2022 Games of La Francophonie in Kinshasa (19-28 August) are still worryingly behind schedule, but the Congolese authorities are sticking to their guns. They repeat without weariness that everything will be ready in time for the reception of foreign delegations and the holding of sports and cultural events. The Minister of Regional Integration and Francophonie, Didier Mazenga Mukanzu, placed at the head of the organising committee by the head of state, assured the 25 ambassadors of the member countries of the Francophonie of this. At the top of the list of priorities: the athletes’ village. After abandoning the project to build a new housing complex near the Tata Raphaël stadium in Kinshasa, the Congolese organisers are working on a less ambitious alternative: the installation of prefabs, or even the use of student rooms at the University of Kinshasa. They are currently being renovated and could be a plan B. In front of the French-speaking diplomats, Didier Mazenga Mukanzu explained that the State was considering an additional budget to speed up the work. He assured that the infrastructure would be ready and delivered by mid-June 2022.