Human Rights Watch has cast doubt on the real reason for prosecution of Vital Kamerhe the former chief of staff of President Felix Tshisekedi.
“On June 20 Kamerhe was convicted of embezzlement and corruption, becoming the most prominent politician in DR Congo to be prosecuted for corruption. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Many other personalities implicated in acts of corruption in recent years have not been investigated, casting doubt on the real motives for the prosecution, ”says the American organization.
Human Rights Watch estimates that the human rights situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo deteriorated in 2020 under the presidency of Tshisekedi “after a first year in office marked by progress.”
“The Congolese authorities have cracked down on peaceful protesters, journalists and politicians, while using the measures of the state of emergency imposed temporarily due to the Covid-19 pandemic as a pretext to stem the protest movements “, it says.
The US organization says allegations of corruption within Tshisekedi’s inner circle have persisted.
This comes just days after President Tshisekedi decided to strangely pardon two personalities convicted of embezzling public denials, in the same 100-day program that led to Vital Kamerhe’s conviction.
The decision by the Congolese Head of State has created a lively controversy. Civil society has taken legal action to obtain its annulment.