One of the measures that marked the taking of office of the current governor of the city of Kinshasa province, Gentiny Ngobila, is undoubtedly the launch of a vast remediation campaign, called "Operation Kin Bopeto", which the government $363 million each year.
Launched on October 19, 2019, this operation presented itself, according to the authority of the city, as a remedy for the policy of evacuating the filth in the city, through the change of the kinois' mentalities on waste management.
"Kin Bopeto has to start with the mentality, the Kinois need to know that we have started the change of mentality," said Gentiny Ngobila at the launch ceremony.
An operation that missed its takeoff
Indeed, at the launch of this campaign, the urban authority announced several actions including the mobilization of some 400 trucks to carry out garbage collection throughout the city; the introduction of a mandatory Salongo every last Saturday of the month. And to encourage the population to take ownership of it, the urban authority had also announced the introduction of a bonus system, each month, for neighbourhoods that will be distinguished by cleanliness. But on the ground, none of this is palpable.
Three months after the launch of Kin Bopeto, public opinion is still questioning the real impact of this health campaign. Are the Kinois changing their mindsets? Is waste well managed? Are the streets sanitised? So many questions that are struggling to find answers.
According to a Kinois questioned on this subject, the results of this program are now largely negative and argue set sadly as the political marketing operation rather than the expression of a real policy of change.
"I think today that Kin Bopeto is more like a political marketing operation than an expression of a real policy of change. The balance sheet is considered very negative. The streets are always the same as before. There's garbage everywhere. So nothing has changed. The teams that were tasked with cleaning up the city are gone. This proves enough that the Kin Bopeto concept was a copy of what we were already experiencing and not an innovation. In 2005, former Governor Jacques Kingunda brought us Operation Kin-propre, but what remained of this cleanliness, "asked Bienvenu Onya.
Today, the most eloquent cases of unsanitary conditions in the city are the rivers of plastics, which are visible at 1st Rue Limeté/Funa and on the Kalamu River towards Bongolo Avenue, to name but a few. Not to mention the abandonment of the saio Avenue landfills in the municipality of Kasa-Vubu, the intersection of Victory and University avenues, etc.