The former President of the National Assembly was found guilty of “misappropriating” public funds and claimed his innocence. His supporters talked about “political trials” to prevent him from participating in the 2023 presidential election.
Vital Kamerhe was convicted of corruption after becoming a major ally of the current President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). His lawyer announced that after an appeal on Tuesday (June 15), his sentence was reduced from 20 years to 13 years. .Melectronic Jean-Marie Carbonella.
Vital Kamerhe, a 62-year-old former National Assembly speaker, was sentenced to 20 years in prison “Impress Labor” (Actually from prison) A year ago, he participated in an unprecedented anti-corruption trial with two co-defendants, which fascinated the Congolese.
Mr. Kamerhe was found guilty “diversion” Public funds “The amount involved is 48.831 million US dollars [40,2 millions d’euros] » His main accomplice, Lebanese entrepreneur Jammal Samih, was 79 years old at the time.
As part of the so-called “100-day” plan announced by the President of the Republic, Félix Tshisekedi after taking office on January 24, 2019, Mr. Kameh was accused of misappropriating the construction of 1,500 social housing Unit funding.
Mr. Kamerhe is originally from Bukavu in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and was Félix Tshisekedi’s main ally during the presidential election on December 30, 2018. Mr. Kamerhe is also a candidate himself, but has withdrawn from supporting M. Tshisekedi. The two reached a political agreement stating that Mr. Kameh would participate in the next election in 2023.