DR Congo remembers French ambassador Isabel Tshombe for suspected graft

Kinshasa, DR Congo: The Democratic Republic of Congo has recalled its ambassador to France over suspected “financial embezzlement” by the administration of its embassy in Paris, a letter verified by AFP has proven.

Isabel Machik Ruth Tshombe, who has held the publish since January 2022, on Saturday denied the allegations.

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Tshombe has been ordered to return “before 15 January 2023”, International Minister Christophe Lutundula wrote to the diplomat on 27 December.

The order adopted suspicions of “financial misappropriation where your personal responsibility appears to be involved for an amount of 2,653,142.76 euros ($2.8 million) over 11 months” to run the embassy, ​​he stated, following an audit final month.

Specifically, he requested her to account for a “treasury deficit” of about 1.8 million euros ($1.9 million) in passport, visa and different administrative charges from January to November.

He accused her of “turning the embassy coffers into a private kitty”, illegally giving herself and different diplomatic employees good-looking monetary privileges.

Tshombe rejected the allegations on Twitter on Saturday, describing the message from the international minister as “soaked in acid” and an “abuse of power”.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is without doubt one of the poorest nations on this planet, regardless of its huge mineral reserves starting from gold and copper to cobalt.

Corruption is endemic: the nation is ranked 169 out of 180 nations within the 2021 Corruption Perceptions Index by the NGO Transparency Worldwide.

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