For several years now, conflicts have pitted some Katangese political leaders against each other, with repercussions on the communities in the region. The most striking case is that of former head of state Joseph Kabila and Moïse Katumbi, former governor of Katanga. According to the Catholic Church, which initiated this forum, these meetings are an opportunity to bury the hatchet and to work for the development of the region.
as reported from Lubumbashi, Denise Mahého
The discussions are held in the pastoral center of the Archdiocese of Lubumbashi. In the room, Moses Katumbi and Jaynet Kabila sit side by side. For some years now, tensions have been high between the former governor of Katanga and Joseph Kabila.
For Professor Huit Mulongo, close to Moise Katumbi, this is a first step towards reconciliation. Under the old regime, Huit Mulongo spent three years in prison, but today he looks to the future: “The gesture has been made. You know too who is our little sister (Jaynet Kabila) represents in this family. I myself am one of those who carry huge wounds. But I think we have to get there. “
For, Félix Kabange, a member of Joseph Kabila’s FCC, there are differences of opinion within the political class, but the urgency is to renew the dialogue: “Political leaders no longer spoke. If they can talk like brothers, it means that the debate on the ideological level can also take place between brothers.The most important thing is: what is Katanga’s interest? I want to say that we did not come to regain power.
If Jaynet Kabila expressed herself in two words, the only message she wants to convey is above all work.