Police arrest DR Congo president’s chief of staff

The chief of staff to the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo was arrested on Wednesday in the capital, Kinshasa.

This was after hours of questioning into the alleged misappropriation of funds.

Vital Kamerhe was questioned over his role following allegations of corruption in infrastructure projects; that fell under his remit during the first 100 days of President Félix Tshisekedi’s term last year.

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After questioning, he was taken to the city’s main jail, Makala Prison, where he spent the night.

As to whether charges will be brought against him, it is unclear.

A spokesman for President Tshisekedi, is quoted by the AFP news agency as saying that “the president does not comment on the decisions of the justice system”.

Mr Kamerhe’s supporters protested in his hometown, Bukavu, in eastern DR Congo.

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They also blocked the road outside his party headquarters, AFP reports.

Mr Kamerhe’s party Union for the Congolese Nation (UNC) backed Mr Tshisekedi’s presidential bid in the December 2018 election.