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Vol 60 No 19

Published 27th September 2019


Of puppets and godfathers

Accusations of corruption against the President’s appointees are weakening him in his fight with Kabila

'I am not a puppet', President Félix Tshisekedi keeps insisting, most recently to the Belgian government and the Congolese diaspora in Brussels during a recent state visit to the former colonial power. Tshisekedi points, as evidence, to the closure of the notorious cachots (dungeons) of the Agence Nationale de Renseignements, the secret police, under his presidency, the freeing of all the political prisoners who were immured there and in the crumbling prisons, and the firing of the ANR's head, Kalev Mutond, a close associate of former President Joseph Kabila.

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