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Vol 49 No 3

Published 1st February 2008


Congo-Kinshasa

Kabila's men, Kabila's jobs

President Joseph Kabila, by an order dated 12 January, massively increased his economic power and political patronage. He replaced the heads of 37 state enterprises with his own men. The former bosses, appointed under pressure from his government's international protectors by the transitional government in August 2005, came from parties and movements that Kabila does not control. Most of the new chairmen and chief executives belong to Kabila's Alliance pour la Majorité Présidentielle (AMP). Less senior managers have been recruited by competition and a few are internal promotions. These state companies control mining, transport, power and public finance.

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