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DRC: IPF, Kitebi victim of Kitangala’s defamatory statements!



DRC: IPF, Kitebi victim of Kitangala's defamatory statements!

[Focus] – Defamatory, hateful and baseless comments are circulating on social networks against the Executive Director of the Industry Promotion Fund (IPF), Patrice Kitebi, alleging so-called tribalism and other embezzlement.

These allegations addressed to various political and administrative authorities are the work of some nostalgic people who seek to damage the reputation of the Director General Kitebi, who currently manages the IPF, a public institution, with rigour to the satisfaction of the State owner and the vast majority of Congolese people.

This is the case between Mr. Kitangala and the IPF. The latter attacked Mr. Kitebi by posing as an advisor to the IPF when the Fund has no contractual relationship with him. Despite this, he made extremely serious, unacceptable allegations that were likely to damage the honour and dignity of Executive Director Kitebi and tarnish the IPF’s image.

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On 2 March 2019, in his letter to the President of the Republic, a copy of which was reserved for several other authorities, he imagined that sums of money were being disbursed in collaboration with the Mbweshangol firm.

As of February 08, almost the same allegations were made to the Minister of Industry with amplifications to other personalities.

Similarly, on February 20, in a letter to the General Manager of the IPF, he alleges tribalism, nepotism, clientelism, regionalism, looting and misappropriation of the IPF’s assets against Mr. Patrice Kitebi.

It should be noted that Kitangala had, at the time, brought an action before the judicial courts of the city of Kinshasa, which all dismissed it for lack of evidence of the allegations made by him.

The latest judicial decision is that of 06 May 2019 contained in letter RI 1127/PG/2019/LUK of 15 April 2019 by which the Prosecutor General of the Kinshasa/Gombe Court of Appeal dismissed Kitangala’s complaint against Director General Kitebi and Master Mbweshangol on 1 April 2019.

For facts not established, on 14 May 2019, the Director General Kitebi referred the matter to the Prosecutor’s Office of Kinshasa/Matete for slanderous, defamatory, hateful and baseless statements intended to damage his reputation and honour among the country’s high authorities and the public.

On 10 June 2019, in the case registered under RMP 1149/PG.023 b/JMK, the Attorney General’s Office placed Kitangala under the link of the Preliminary Arrest Warrant and on 13 June 2019, the Kinshasa/Matete Peace Court confirmed his preventive detention at the remand centre annexed to the Makala Central Prison for libel and defamation under articles 74 and 76 of the Book II Criminal Code.

By 1 July 2019, the Prosecutor General of Kinshasa/Matete had sent, by letter 3618/RMP.1149/PG.1149/PG.23b/JMK/2019, a request for a hearing to be fixed with the aim of preventing « having mischievously and publicly attributed to others a specific fact that is likely to damage his honour or consideration or expose him to public contempt ».

Under RP 33293, the President of the Peace Tribunal Matete had fixed this repressive case at the hearing of 17 July 2019, during which the defendant had requested provisional release.

On 23 July, by an order, the Tribunal de Céans kept the accused in pre-trial detention on the grounds that there were serious indications of guilt on his part and that he had been arrested by search warrant, his flight was to be feared and his release on bail might hinder the investigation.

Another hearing date had been set for Wednesday, August 07, 2019, during which the defendant had requested the Tribunal to postpone the hearing to three weeks. The next hearing will be scheduled for Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

Moreover, Patrice Kitebi is a national of the former province of Bandundu. But from there, to go so far as to call him tribalism is to misunderstand man.

Indeed, as a man with easy, dignified and civic relations, Mr Patrice Kitebi has surrounded himself with collaborators whose closest relatives are not, however, nationals of the same province as him. But with whom, he shares his professional passion and rigour in management.

Congolese law does not allow acts of defamation and slanderous denunciations to go unpunished against anyone who commits them.

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DRC: the « education » project will be submitted to the WB Board of Directors in February 2020



DRC: Education project to be submitted to World Bank Board in February 2020

The Government’s emergency project on free « Basic Education » will be submitted to the World Bank’s Executive Board in February 2020. According to the Vice President for Africa, Hafez Ghanem, preparations are being intensified to ensure that this deadline is met.

« We are working very quickly on this education project. And we plan to bring this project to our Council as early as February. Regarding the height of the amount, we are in the process of making evaluations. It’s going to be a big amount, around a billion US dollars, » he told reporters at the end of his meeting with the Congolese delegation led by Finance Minister José Sele Yalaghuli.

Indeed, this emergency project is part of World Bank support for the Government’s efforts to provide free basic education, the implementation of which began last September.

To relieve the pressure on public finances to allocate at least US$25-37 million each month, the World Bank has pledged to support the Congolese Government in this regard. line with the commitment of the Head of State, Felix Antoine Tshisekedi, and the President of the World Bank, David Malpass, the Minister of Finance, José Sele Yalaghuli, has clearly indicated the Congolese Government’s firm desire to see the process speed up so that funds are released within an acceptable time frame.

« This is the right time for the partners of DR Congo to match the real political will of the Congolese national executive to meet one of the aspects of the World Bank’s mandate, namely: the fight against poverty, » he said at a previous meeting with the World Bank delegation led by Jean-Christophe Carret.

With regard to the health coverage programme, Hafez Ghanem reiterated his institution’s commitment to continue working alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, particularly in the fight against Ebola.


He added: « We will also work with the Government on a new health programme to strengthen basic health centres and improve access to health across the country. »

However, he gave no indication of the amount of funding for this health programme, especially since it is currently under study.

As a reminder, the delegations of DR Congo and the World Bank held a working meeting on Thursday 17 October 2019 in Washington DC. Experts from both sides, led by José Sele Yalaghuli and Hafez Ghanem respectively, reviewed ongoing projects within the World Bank portfolio and those under preparation.

In addition to education and health, projects related to infrastructure, connectivity (roads) and the digital economy were also discussed.

Eric TSHIKUMA, from Washington

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DRC: the three axes of the Accelerated Programme to Combat Poverty and Inequality



DRC: the three axes of the Accelerated Programme to Combat Poverty and Inequality

The President of the Republic launched his Accelerated Programme to Combat Poverty and Inequality in Kinshasa on Wednesday 16 October at the site of my valley in the commune of Mongafula.

This Programme aims to ensure that twenty million Congolese living in rural and peri-urban areas in the 145 territories of our country leave poverty or extreme poverty within the next 5 years.

It has three components: improving rural and peri-urban populations’ access to basic socio-economic infrastructure and services; promoting rural and peri-urban economies; and building capacity in managing for development results at the national, provincial and local levels.

The first component aims to increase the population’s access to basic services such as housing, electricity through the promotion of micro hydroelectric power plants, drinking water, health and agricultural access roads. This list is not exhaustive.

The second component aims to ensure that people in villages and peri-urban neighbourhoods have improved and stable sources of income and that they consume at least one balanced meal per day. This component will place particular emphasis on promoting inclusive agricultural sectors.

The third component aims to develop a culture of autonomy, which will result in the appropriation of development by the beneficiary populations, the strengthening of self-esteem, meritocracy and a motivated attachment to their living environment.

Substantial resources for this ambitious program!

« The Programme, the main components of which I have just unveiled, requires ambitious funding over several years, » said Félix Tshisekedi, aware of these challenges. In the face of such an ambition, the Head of State asks the Government to spare no effort to explore all possible avenues likely to provide the means for this saving action for the people.

It is with this in mind that the last Council of Ministers adopted the hypothesis of a budget reaching the 10 billion mark.

In addition, Félix Tshisekedi intends to engage the country in far-reaching reforms ranging from the rebuilding of the state with justice as the epicentre to the sectors of national life.

This is how he makes his main focus the fight against anti-values, particularly corruption, embezzlement of public funds, tax fraud, smuggling and tribalism. And all means will be used to ensure that all State revenues are channelled into the Public Treasury.

Finally, to make this programme a success, the President of the Republic is counting on the involvement of all his compatriots, beyond the divisions.

Harris Kasongo

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DRC: Economic and financial situation at the heart of a meeting at the World Bank



DRC: Economic and financial situation at the heart of a meeting at the World Bank

The economic situation in DR Congo is the focus of a meeting on Thursday 17 October 2019 at the World Bank’s headquarters in Washington DC. The Minister of Finance, José Sele Yalaghuli, leads the delegation of Congolese experts.

In his presentation, the national silversmith described a macroeconomic framework for DR Congo that has remained stable.

Despite accumulated deficits of 420 billion Congolese francs at the end of September 2019, domestic prices and the exchange rate fluctuated slightly. And at this rate, the Government reports inflation of 4.2% at the end of December 2019, which is below the 7% end of period forecast level.

Referring to the strategic and political orientations of the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Minister Sele Yalaghuli cited in particular the tightening of public spending in order to limit deficits and the subscription of treasury bonds with the ambition of mobilizing 150 billion CDF by the end of 2019 to fill the gaps.

The first results are promising, especially since a small monthly budget surplus was recorded at the end of September 2019.

Moreover, added Sele Yalaghuli, the third orientation concerns the Government’s firm commitment to pursue the implementation of reforms with the support of partners to remove obstacles sector by sector and to be able to remedy them.

With regard to cooperation between the Congo DR and the Bretton Woods institutions. After the break-up of the formal programme with the IMF in 2012, the ongoing recovery strategy of the current discussions is based on two options.

First, the interim program. Then, the formal program. If the first one will cover the preparation period of the second one, the conclusion of the formal programme could take place after the third quarter of 2020.

« This is the right time for the partners of DR Congo to match the real political will of the Congolese national executive to meet one of the aspects of the World Bank’s mandate, namely: the fight against poverty, » José Sele Yalaghuli said, addressing the World Bank delegation led by Jean-Christophe Carret.

With the World Bank, experts from DR Congo are working on preparations and options to initiate disbursement of funds for the Government’s priority sectors on are: basic education and universal health coverage.

This interaction with World Bank teams continued, with Hafez Ghanem, Vice President in charge of the Africa region, as the focus.

Eric TSHIKUMA, from Washington DC

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