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In the Democratic Republic of Congo, barely acquitted, Vital Kamerhe, the former chief of staff of President Félix Tshisekedi, met the head of state on Tuesday June 29. He was received for nearly two hours in the evening at the presidential palace. We talked about partnership.
The president of the National Union for the Congo (UNC), Vital Kamerhe, intends to continue to play a role. Sentenced at first instance to twenty years in prison for corruption and embezzlement, he was acquitted just six days ago.
It had been two years since the two men had met, since the arrest of Vital Kamerhe in April 2020, arrested and sentenced for embezzlement of public funds as part of the so-called hundred-day program. Barely acquitted, the former chief of staff and ally of President Tshisekedi was received by him.
Asked about the content of this meeting, Vital Kamerhe indicated that it had been a question of partnership – which the two men intend to strengthen, he specified – through their respective parties, the UNC and the Union for the Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS).
His statement at the end of this meeting at the microphone of the Congolese press.
It was also the joy of finding a political partner. Whatever hardship we endure, this hardship must be below what we are determined to give to the nation, to the fatherland, to the community. this is where we will win.
As for his legal troubles, this lawsuit was cynicalsays Vital Kamerhe. When I proclaimed my innocence, no one wanted to believe me. But the president respected the independence of justice and I very much appreciated “, he answers, before adding” the key word today is forgiveness “.
Not a word about the 2023 presidential election
According to Vital Kamerhe, the challenges facing the country were also discussed, particularly security in the east of the country. Officially, not a word about the presidential election, to be held next year and for which several candidates have already declared themselves.
But according to several observers, it is obvious that for the Head of State, it is a question of securing the support of Vital Kamerhe and that he will not himself be a presidential candidate. Vital Kamerhe will be essential to win over the electorate in the east of the country, especially the province of South Kivu, where he comes from.
For the researcher Trésor Kibangula, political analyst at Ebuteli (Congolese Institute for Research on Politics, Governance and Violence), the reunion between the two men, filmed and broadcast, was intended to rehabilitate in the eyes of the general public the former Chief of Staff to President Félix Tshisekedi. Because with less than a year and a half of the presidential elections, the head of state has an urgent need for political partners.
For Trésor Kibangula, political analyst at Ebuteli, Félix Tshisekedi and Vital Kamerhe met with the aim of forming political partnerships for the elections.
Vital Kamerhe will “ play a central role »
The meeting between President Félix Tshisekedi and Vital Kamerhe comes at a decisive moment and in a particular context, explains the leader of Nogec and leader of the Progressive Dynamics of the opposition to our correspondent in Kinshasa, Kamanda wa Kamanda Muzembé. For Constant Mutamba, the country is already shaken by what Kinshasa calls ” rwandan aggression but it is also torn by internal divisions, including within the presidential majority, the Sacred Union of the Nation:
” Kamerhe will, from our point of view, play a central role, and this will naturally give rise to institutional reorganization. And mainly, at the level of the government of the Republic. »
On the civil society side, Georges Kapiamba of the ACAJ affirms that the head of state would do justice by also receiving the family of judge Raphael Yani, who died during the trial in unclear circumstances. It was he who was in charge of the Kamerhé trial from the start: “ The wish of the majority and of our compatriots is to still see this widow as well as the orphans being comforted why not by the highest authority of our country »