DRC: judicial investigation opened against the Kabila clan

A judicial investigation targeting the clan of former President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila was opened in Kinshasa after revelations of alleged embezzlement of 138 million dollars, we learned from a judicial source. In an investigation entitled “Congo Hold-up”, carried out by international media and NGOs, the publication of which began on Friday, Mr. Kabila and his family are accused of having “siphoned” at least 138 million dollars from the funds of the ‘State. These alleged hijackings took place from 2013 to 2018, according to the authors of this investigation.

Asked by the press, Congolese government spokesman Patrick Muyaya said that “the Minister of Justice wrote to the public prosecutor’s office on November 20 […], she gave an injunction for investigation and prosecution. “” We, as a government, cannot remain indifferent to such allegations. “, estimated Mr. Muyaya, also Minister of Communication. “There is opening of a judicial investigation” by the prosecution at the Court of Cassation, following the request of the Minister of Justice, told AFP, on condition of anonymity, a source of this prosecution.

According to the “Congo Hold-up” investigation, the 138 million dollars were embezzled “with the complicity of the bank BGFI RDC” (subsidiary in the DRC of the banking group BGFIBank based in Gabon), in which relatives of Mr. Kabila had interests and responsibilities, “in particular through a front company set up in a garage”.

According to its authors, this investigation is based on 3.5 million confidential bank documents, obtained by the French online investigative media Mediapart and the NGO “Platform for the protection of whistleblowers in Africa” ​​(PPLAAF) . These data were analyzed for six months by 19 international media and five NGOs, coordinated by the European Investigative collaborations (EIC) network. In a statement, the communication service of ex-president Kabila described the findings of this investigation as “Kabilabashing” and “an attempt to discredit” the former head of state.

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