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Vol 42 No 8

Published 20th April 2001


Congo-Kinshasa

The man from uncle

'Joseph Kabila has chased away the uncles at last', proclaimed Le Forum des As on 15 April. The Kinshasa daily was reflecting widespread public approval of the President's Easter Saturday reshuffle that removed three of the four barons of the late Laurent Kabila's regime. The departed uncles, all State (senior) Ministers, are Gaëtan Kakudji (Interior, number two to his cousin, Laurent), Abdoulaye Yérodia Ndombasi (Education) and Pierre-Victor Mpoyo (Minister without Portfolio and the man behind the controversial mining contracts with Zimbabwe's Billy Rautenbach.)

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