The Congolese National Assembly should schedule a plenary session in the coming days which will decide whether or not to charge John Ntumba, Minister of Vocational Education and close to Vital Kamerhe. The Attorney General at the Court of Cassation accused him of having embezzled, while he was a member of the monitoring committee of the head of state’s emergency program, just over $ 1.3 million.
First, if the minister in charge of vocational training John Ntumba is likely to be charged, it is in the same investigation that Vital Kamerhe, the prefabricated houses dossier.
According to the prosecutor’s requisitions, which RFI was able to consult, ” Mr. John Ntumba, then member of the monitoring committee, received on July 18, 2019 from the chief accountant of the presidency $ 1,342,180 intended for the monitoring committee. According to the minister’s relatives, this sum was used to pay administrative costs to unblock 167 containers arriving in Matadi and to allow the erection of prefabricated houses at the Kokolo military camp.
But the prosecutor did not believe this version: the destination given to this sum, still according to his requisitions, remains to be determined. It is for having tried to justify the use of this amount that Jeannot Muhima, in charge of the import / export service of the presidency, today shares the dock with Vital Kamerhe.
No other charges have been brought against Minister Ntumba at this stage, but Kasaï Central governor Martin Kabuya accuses him of having also diverted money from the government. “100 day program” intended for his province.
Since the coming to power of Félix Tshisekedi, John Ntumba has acquired at least one residence in Kananga on a plot of 2,000 square meters. According to the minister’s relatives, he cannot be criticized for this purchase in view of the volume of business that John Ntumba was conducting before he took office.
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