Joseph Kabila’s replacement still causes controversy

Félix Tshisekedi’s supporters accuse Joseph Kabila’s political family of blocking current power. They also explain that the country’s resources are not being directed effectively. They cite in particular the costs that the government allocates to Joseph Kabila, as a special pension under the former president of the republic. For them, we must reduce them.

as reported from Kinshasa, Patient Ligodi

The controversy, which has been going on for more than a year and a half, is not weakening. It was also accentuated after the review of the bill on accountability for the financial year 2019.

Presented by the Minister of Finance to the National Assembly, this document revealed significant budget overruns on the credit awarded to the Presidency of the Republic.

In his defense, Félix Tshisekedi’s adviser explains that these overruns are due in particular to the budgets allocated to former President Joseph Kabila.

Marcelin Bilomba, chief adviser on economics and finance for the head of state, is clearer: “Joseph Kabila’s pension contributions come from budget lines from the republic’s presidency and are paid under the heading called the Special Fund for ‘intervention.’

What does José Sele Yalaghuli, Minister of Finance, deny. According to him, this money comes rather to the Ministry of Budget. However, he does not give figures.

Since March 2019, a document entitled “Payment documents transferred to the Central Bank of Congo” has been circulating on social networks. It is mentioned that the former head of state would receive 680,000 dollars for the month of February 2019 alone. This also irritates members of civil society.

$ 680,000 is 8,500 times the monthly salary of a Congolese police officer … when he happens to get paid.

For Joseph Kabila, it’s just a small bonus at the end of the month … for services delivered to the nation (massacres, rapes, looting, embezzlement, humiliation, impunity). # DRC pic.twitter.com/DD631o0MII

– LUCHA 🇨🇩 (@luchaRDC) 4 March 2019 The National President of the Congolese Association for Access to Justice, Georges Kapiamba, for example, called on national deputies to reduce these pension costs.

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