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After the acquittal of Vital Kamerhe, former head of cabinet of President Felix Tshisekedi, questions arise about the funds disbursed by the state and about the prefabricated buildings for which Kamerhe was sentenced, just two years ago, in the first trial to 20 years of hard work constraint it’s hard. Shipments exist, but are rotting in several ports, most notably in Tanzania, where authorities are threatening to auction them. These houses were commissioned for the army and the police. The cargo abandoned in Tanzania was destined for the city of Bukavu in South Kivu.
With our correspondent in Kinshasa, Pascal Mulegwa
These seemingly abandoned containers have become cumbersome for the Tanzanian port authorities. Despite the multiple correspondence sent to the Congolese government, no one came forward to claim the 216 containers.
They have been blocked since 2020 in the warehouses of the Ubungo district in Dar es Salaam. At the end of June, the Tanzanian consulate for the Katanga region approached the governor of the Lualaba province. In the correspondence we have consulted, the consulate announces the decision of the port authorities to put them up for sale, “ since no entity follows their conservation “.
The related customs duties had not been paid by the Congolese state, nor by the Samibo Congo company of the Lebanese entrepreneur Samih Djamal who had obtained the controversial contract. Added to this are significant storage costs and a two-year penalty. Huge sums. And it’s not just these shipments, other containers are blocked by customs in Angola and Matadi in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
On the Congolese side, sources close to the Prime Minister assure that the file is ” being processed at the Ministry of Finance », Which RFI was unable to verify.
After the acquittal of Vital Kamerhe, all the parties would have had to meet to draw the consequences of the trial, and then decide the fate of the containers, say the lawyers. Which has not been done so far.
For Billy Kambale, general secretary of Kamerhe’s party, this is a development that reinforces the innocence of the president’s former cabinet director. ” It was a cause that was intended to undermine the momentum that the 100-day emergency program would take. It is clear that if this program had been implemented, especially in its prefabricated house component, Tshisekedi would have done in two years what Mobutu failed in 32 years. “, He believes.
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