Congo-Brazzaville: Pandora’s investigation shakes

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The names of the Republic of Congo and some of its leaders appear in almost all investigations concerning economic misconduct: Global Witness, Biens ill acquis, Panama Papers. The latest is in the Pandora Papers, where President Denis Sassou Nguesso is mentioned by name. In Brazzaville, language is unleashed about this survey conducted by investigative journalists.

President Denis Sassou Nguesso is accused of hiding assets in an offshore company created in 1998 in the British Virgin Islands.

Economist and statistician Before becoming a politician, Clément Miérassa has, in his home office, a document containing the revelations from the Pandora papers: extremely dangerous situations. They find themselves in paradoxical situations that talk about development and adopt development-oriented attitudes. ”

Clément Miérassa welcomes the investigative journalists’ approach behind the investigation. He called on Parliament and his country’s justice to raise the issue: “As far as I am concerned, I believe that the Congolese Parliament must launch a judicial inquiry into the President of the Republic and that it will allow Congo to appease. And I also think that justice should follow.”

Coordinator for the Human Rights and Development Circle (CDHD), Roch Euloge Nzobo, expresses all his waste on tax evasion for which Congo is said to be a victim: .

“Where would the president have gone to start such an offshore company?” But for Serge Ikiemi, a professor of economics at the public university and very close to the Congolese president, the investigation into Pandora Papers has nothing to do with reason: “This investigation is doubtful both in substance and form. It is likely to tarnish the image of a statesman whose aura is well established. We are talking about an offshore company that he created in 1998. But everyone knows that in 1998 Congo came out of a socio-political war and its coffers are empty. Where would the president have gone to start such an offshore company? ”

This investigation, says Serge Ikiemi, aims to undermine Congolese efforts, which have resumed the language with the IMF. An argument supported by Lionel Ngodjo Louvosso who leads an association close to power and evokes “entertainment”: “For us there is no true basis, there is no scientific demonstration of these accusations. We do not need entertainment, we need focus.”

The Congolese head of state has threatened to prosecute anyone who repeats these allegations without giving the slightest evidence.

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