In the Democratic Republic of Congo, barely acquitted, Vital Kamerhe, President Félix Tshisekedi’s former chief of staff, met the head of state on Tuesday, June 29. He was received for almost two hours in the evening at the Presidential Palace. We talked about partnership.
The president of the UNC, National Union for the Congo, Vital Kamerhe, intends to continue playing a role. He was sentenced in the first instance to twenty years in prison for corruption and embezzlement and was acquitted just six days ago.
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Since then, it has been two years since the two men met the arrest of Vital Kamerhe in April 2020, arrested and convicted of embezzlement of public funds as part of the so-called hundred-day program. Barely acquitted, the former chief of staff and allies of President Tshisekedi were received by him.
Asked about the content of this meeting, Vital Kamerhe indicated that there was talk of partnership – which the two men intend to strengthen, he said – through his respective parties, the UNC and the UDPS.
His statement at the end of this meeting at the microphone in the Congolese press.
It was also the joy of finding a political partner. Whatever difficulty we face, this difficulty must be lower than what we are determined to give to the nation, to the motherland, to society. this is where we should win Not a word about next year’s presidential election According to Vital Kamerhe, the challenges facing the country were also discussed, especially security in the eastern part of the country. Officially not a word about the presidential election, which will be held next year and which several candidates have already declared themselves for.
But according to several observers, it is obvious that for the head of state it is a matter of securing the support from Vital Kamerhe and that he himself will not be a presidential candidate. Vital Kamerheva will be crucial in winning the electorate in the eastern part of the country, in particular the province of southern Kivu, from which the latter comes.