Nov 28, 2021

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Inquiry into DR Congo ex-leader over $138m embezzlement claim

A judicial investigation has opened after a media investigation based on millions of leaked documents accused ex-DR Congo president Joseph Kabila and his family of siphoning off $ 138 million in government funds, a judicial source said Wednesday with.

The investigation known as the “Congo attack” by the global media and anti-corruption NGOs has sparked outrage in the Central African country.

It accuses Kabila, the largest Sub-Saharan African country ruled from 2001 to 2019 after he took over the embezzlement of his murdered father between 2013 and 2018.

Government spokesman Patrick Muyaya said on Monday that the Minister of Justice had “sent to the November 20 Prosecutor wrote “one day after the investigations were published.

The minister” issued an injunction for investigative and prosecution purposes, “sa gte Muyaya, who also holds ministerial rank.

“We as a government cannot remain on the sidelines in the face of such allegations.”

A source in the p The Rosecutor’s office at the Court of Cassation – the highest judicial authority in the country – said AFP on Wednesday that “a judicial investigation has been opened” following a request from the Justice Minister.

The investigation follows a French investigation Mediapart and the platform for the protection of whistleblowers in Africa was given access on 3.5 million leaked documents from the Gabonese and French International Banks (BGFI).

Nineteen media outlets and five non-governmental organizations supported by the European. Investigative Collaborations (EIC) spent six months sifting through the documents.

“The documents … state coffers between 2013 and 2018,” said Mediapart.

It added added that the funds were siphoned off “via a letterbox company founded in a garage”.

Kabila’s media office in a statement rejected “false accusations” and criticized “unjustified harassment by certain powers that are behind the media hide “.

The BGFI bank from its headquarters in Gabon’s capital Libreville said in a statement on Wednesday that it” condemned unlawful and ethical acts “in the past possibly within its subsidiary BGFIBank RDC SA, which Congolese branch of the bank.

She added that it had “taken the necessary reorganization measures” since 2018, including a complaint to the prosecutor.

The B. However, ank added that it was only up to the judicial authorities to determine guilt and reserves the right to sue any person involved in the distribution or reproduction of false information or disclosure of confidential or private information in the media or in social media. “

Poverty is widespread in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, despite its wealth in gold, coltan, cobalt and other high-quality minerals.

In 2018, almost three quarters of the people lived Population of less than n $ 1.90 a day, says the World Bank.

Joseph Kabila became president in 2001 at the age of just 29 after his longtime father, Laurent-Desire Kabila, was murdered.

He didn’t. The December 2018 elections were won by longtime opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi, who fought corruption with a vow.

It was the DRC’s first peaceful political transition since d he independence from Belgium in 1960.