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President Tshisekedi’s Chief Of Staff Implicated In $15m Fraud

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A major investigation in neighbouring DRC has implicated Vital Kamerhe the chief of staff of President Félix Tshisekedi.

The General Inspectorate of Finance (IGF) has been conducting a complex investigation on how $15million in oil revenues disappeared but traces indicate that the powerful Kamerhe has a hand in this massive embezzlement.

Kamerhe has responded saying this investigation is marred by irregularities and has instructed the Inspector General of Finance for consequent provisions to end it.

This investigation seeks to ensure recovery of taxes, duties, taxes and other royalties due to the State.

Kamerhe’s reaction has triggered a backlash from the Congolese Association for Access to Justice (ACAJ) which has condemned Kamerhe’s response against the IGF audit.

“It reflects a desire to hinder the work of this body control of finances and public revenues. The Federation of Enterprises of the Congo (FEC) must put an end to this inaccessible peddling practice! Says Georges Kapiamba, its national president.

Kamerhe was reacting to a letter sent to him on August 21st by the Managing Director of the Federation of Enterprises of the Congo (FEC), in connection with the audit missions carried out by the General Finance Inspectorate (IGF) among its members [namely BRALIMA, BRACONGO, COMEXAS, CENTRAL MOTORS AND SOCIR].

For Kamerhe, this audit should not have been conducted without the authorization of the head of state.

“The control of the IGF must be done in compliance with the laws and regulations, and this, in accordance in particular with the Law on public finances, the one on reforms of the fiscal procedures, the order establishing the Inspectorate General of the Finance and Decree No. 011/03 of 21 January 2011 prohibiting the control and recovery of taxes, duties, taxes and other royalties due to the State without request of the financial authorities, “said Kamerhe.

Giscard Kusema, deputy director of the presidential press, “the IGF depends on the Presidency and any initiative of control coming from it must seek its opinion, unless it is informed”, also stating that the Director of Cabinet never “obstructed” any investigation.

However, Kapiamba says “the IGF does not operate as a free electron but according to the governing text which recognizes the power to organize control missions. This can be done on its own initiative or when required by political, administrative or judicial authorities”.

 

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Two Congolese Soldiers Killed By Angry Mob

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A Congolese soldier has been killed by an angry mob in the DRC’s Ruwenzori sector, in the territory of Beni (North Kivu).

The DRC military FARDC confirmed that one of its soldiers was killed by the population on Tuesday in the village of Mighende.

According to the military spokesperson in the region, the victim was attached to the 313rd Battalion based in Bulongo. The slain soldier was mistaken for a Ugandan rebel ADF fighter.

The incidence took place ten kilometers east of the commune of Lume, in the Ruwenzori sector, in the territory of Beni (North Kivu).

Details indicate that the soldier was mobbed by young people who threw at him stones and sticks until he was eliminated. This soldier is the second victim of mob justice in the same village in the 24 hour interval.

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Former Seleka Group Leader Says François Bozizé Heads Rebel Coalition CPC

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Noureddine Adam, the Former number two of the Seleka rebel group in Central African Republic has given a hint on what to make of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC), whose troops attacked Bangui Capital on January 13.

Noureddine Adam was known as a member of the Emir of Abu Dhabi’s security service, boss of a security company in the United Arab Emirates, leader of the Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace or number two of the Séléka and at the head of the Popular Front for the Renaissance of the Central African Republic (FPRC).

Now there is a new Noureddine Adam, son of an Imam and a trained policeman, at the heart of the new Central African rebel organization: the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC).

It was partly on his orders that the CPC troops launched a series of attacks on Bangui on January 13, in order to further increase the pressure on President Faustin-Archange Touadéra, whose re-election on the 27th last December is contested.

Did the CPC really aim to conquer the capital? What are his relations with François Bozizé? Does it have the means to hold out against Minusca, the Russians and the Rwandans? And, if so, what would it do with power?

Noureddine Adam, who lives in hiding between Sudan and its strongholds of Birao and Ndele, in the north of the Central African Republic, was interviewed by Jeune Afrique.

What is the current objective of the Coalition of Patriots for Change, which attacked Bangui on January 13?

Noureddine Adam: The objectives of the CPC remain those which were clearly stated in the Kamba-Kota declaration of December 15, 2020: restore security throughout the territory, restore the sovereignty of the State within the borders and on all of its natural and economic resources, guarantee each citizen the freedom to come and go without hindrance, to engage in his economic activities … In a word: develop the country and lift the Central African out of poverty and precariousness.

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MINUSCA Troops Retake Rebel-Held City In Central African Republic

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UN peacekeeping troops say they have retaken control of a city in the Central African Republic captured two weeks ago by armed groups waging an offensive against President Faustin Archange Touadera’s regime.

Rebels abandonded their positions in Bangassou, 750 kilometres east of the capital Bangui, and fled the city following an ultimatum on Friday from the UN peacekeeping force MINUSCA, the force’s spokesman Vladimir Monteiro said late Saturday.

“The city of Bangassou is under the complete control of MINUSCA,” Monteiro added.

Armed groups waging a nationwide offensive captured the city on January 3, forcing many residents to flee to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“It’s a great joy,” Juan Jose Aguirre, the bishop of Bangassou, told media following the UN operation to regain control of the city.

“After thirteen days sleeping outdoors, people will be able to return to their homes,” he added.

Lieutenant Colonel Abdoulaziz Fall, spokesman for MINUSCA’s military component, said the UN force intervened to stop attempts at looting overnight Friday to Saturday.

“The situation is calm and under control and positions that had been occupied by armed groups are no longer,” Fall said.

Six of the most powerful armed groups, who have occupied roughly two-thirds of the country for eight years, united a month ago to wage an offensive.

The coalition announced their offensive ahead of the December 27 presidential and legislative vote, aimed at preventing Touadera’s re-election.

Landlocked CAR is one of the world’s poorest nations and has seen a string of coups and wars since it gained independence from France in 1960.

 

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