A court in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday found President Felix Tshisekedi’s chief of staff guilty of corruption.
Vital Kamerhe was sentenced to 20 years’ hard labour on Saturday, after facing charges of embezzling almost $50m of public funds.
The money was earmarked for social housing under President Felix Tshisekedi’s flagship 100-day building programme,
Kamerhe, a veteran power broker, a key ally of a former president, is the most high-profile figure to be convicted of corruption in the DRC.
Kamerhe will also be banned for running for the presidency for 10 years after completing his sentence.
He backed Tshisekedi in his successful 2018 election campaign in return for Tshisekedi’s support the next time around in 2023. Under the ruling, Kamerhe will not be able to run for president for ten years after his punishment