D.R. Congo: FESCO AGM yields a new chapter
KINSHASA - From 18 to 26 October 2008, the Scout Association of D.R. Congo (FESCO) held its long waited National Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Kinshasa. This elective AGM was the opportunity to reunite and bring hope for this National Scout Organisation (NSO) which has suffered some serious institutional crisis in the previous years.
This 4th AGM was a success beyond expectations and it was crowned by a democratic and transparent elections of new leaders. The new Chief Commissioner is Prof. Bertin MAKOLO MUSWASWA and Senator Prof. LOMBEYA BOSONGO as the Chair, Comité National (National Council). Both leaders of FESCO have committed and promised to fulfil the dream (re-foundation) of a credible FESCO through unity and discipline.
Unlike in the past AGMs, the quorum was met by 9 provinces of the existing 11 and the general mindset of participants was “a new page for FESCO's history should be written”. Also, courage to address all contentious issues through the set working groups that were set followed with constructive debates. One moving experience was the level of humility proven by some participants who asked for forgiveness to FESCO for all wrongs caused to tint the image of FESCO and promised to support positively.
After supporting the planning of this meeting, ARO (Africa Regional Office) was satisfied with the positive move in FESCO and encouraged them to embark the path of rebuilding a bright future of the youth.
In a bid to continue supporting the process of cohesion and development within FESCO, ARO - represented by Lamine Diawara and Jacques Sandrizi - conducted a management workshop to reinforce the management capacity of the executives at national and provincial levels represented in the AGM.
The new leadership team of FESCO has already been introduced to a number of partners. In a very near future, new contacts of this NSO will be available to all and those willing to partner. Any feedback to this article can be sent to
By Jacques Sandrizi
Unit Manager, East and Central Africa
World Scout Bureau
Africa Regional Office