DRC Election: Fils Autsai prioritizes roads, health and education
By Andrew Cohen Amvesi
DRC. Patrice Adriko Autsai Fils, the Parliamentary candidate for Aru Territory in the ongoing campaigns in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has prioritized road construction, provision of good health care and education services if given the mandate to represent the people on Wednesday December 20, 2023.
Fils is among the 287 candidates who have shown interest to represent the people of Aru Territory in Eastern DR Congo to the national Parliament of DRC in Kinshasa.
Out of the 287 candidates, only the first six successful candidates will represent Aru Territory as mandated by the law.
Among the top six favourite candidates, according to the public opinion, is Fils, the son of Medard Asenga Autsai, the Senator of the Orientale Province in the Eastern DR Congo to the House of Senates in Kinshasa.
Autsai is also the former Governor of Orientale Province, Aru Territory Member of Parliament (MP) Emeritus and formerly the Grand Commander of the National Order of the Leopard, the highest civilian decoration in the country.
Given the good service rendered by his father for the last over 50 years, Fils was forced by the people of Aru to resign his work in the Revenue Department of DRC to come and represent them in the national Parliament.
Speaking to journalists in Aru town on Sunday, Fils said it was not in his interest to contest but the locals requested him to come and step in his father’s shoes so as to maintain his legacy to the people of Aru.
“My father never wanted his children to join politics. He actually wanted to propose somebody else to replace him but people insisted that they want his own child. When they sat for meetings with the people, they all agreed that I should come and replace my father. I was later informed and I couldn’t disappoint them,” Fils said.
“Now I want to follow my father’s footsteps of service. He did a good job which people appreciated and for that reason, I will emulate his mode of service by helping everybody and attract the different services from the government to help the people of Aru,” Fils remarked.
Fils noted that in the few months he has been on ground, he advocated for the reopening of Aru University which was earlier closed by the government and also lobbied for a tertiary institution in Aru to reduce the distance students used to cover to Ariwara and other distant areas in search of technical services.
Fils further observed that he managed to lobby for some funds from the government which he used to maintain a few impassable roads in Aru territory even before going to Parliament.
He now believes that if given the mandate, a lot will be done for the people of Aru during his reign in office.
According to Fils, key on his agenda is the issue of roads, health and education.
“I want to prioritize the issue of road maintenance and construction, provision of good health care and education services by lobbying for the construction of more hospitals and schools in Aru. Wherever I have been campaigning, I noticed the love people have for me and I want to promise my people that I will not disappoint them. If elected, I will stand strong to change things in Aru for better so that people don’t continue suffering,” Fils promised.
Fils whose vote number is 162 supports Ensemble Presidential candidate, Moise Katumbi Champwe.