Myth : Moïse Katumbi used his position as governor to become rich.
Moïse Katumbi was born in a well-to-do family and made his fortune as an entrepreneur, more than 20 years before becoming governor.
At 13 already he was loading and accompanying fish trucks between Lake Tanganyika and Cape Town. As a worker, he spends his time growing the family fish business. In 1987, 20 years before being governor, he set up his own company in mining, transport and agribusiness subcontracting called “Establishment Katumbi” then founded, in 1997, the company MCK, “Mining Company Katanga” (learn more: returns bio).
That year, 10 years before becoming governor, he bought and became the President of TP Mazembe he will hoist to the top of African football (find out more: refers bio).
Elected governor of Katanga in 2007, he refused to receive his salary and personally financed the rehabilitation of several infrastructures for the benefit of the poorest: schools, medical buses, hospitals …
Myth: Moïse Katumbi introduced 600 american mercenaries into Katanga to prepare a coup.
Moïse Katumbi never recruited mercenaries. He has always insisted on the peaceful nature of his political engagement.
Ever since Moïse Katumbi declared his candidacy for the presidential election, Joseph Kabila’s regime has been inventing fake cases, always more grotesque than the last, to tarnish his image and prevent him from campaigning. Among these cabals, this charge appears after Daryl Lewis, an American security adviser of Moses Katumbi was arrested on the sidelines of a peaceful march organized in Lubumbashi.
The US embassy in Kinshasa publicly refuted the regime’s accusations and worried “the false qualifications of the Ministry of Justice” about the nature of the activities of these US citizens. After being detained for three months in Kinshasa’s prisons without any form of trial, Daryl Lewis filed a complaint against the Congolese government for torture and illegal detention.
In the report on the “political relaxation” of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO), the bishops of Congo have the quality of “masquerade” this lie of the power only to “prevent Moïes Katumbi to be elected”.
- Download the press release from the American Embassy
- Download the CENCO report
- Download the complaint from Daryl Lewis
Myth: Moïse Katumbi is guilty in a case of real estate dispossession of a Greek citizen
Moïse Katumbi has never dispossessed anyone of any house. His condemnation is illegal; it rests on false accusations and numerous formal flaws. The judge exposed the threats which obliged her to have Moïse Katumbi condemned and has asked for her signature to be removed from the judgment.
The power, through the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (ANR) Kalev Mutond and Minister of Justice Alexis Thambwe, has mounted a case to make ineligible Moise Katumbi and prevent him from participating in the presidential election. Moïse Katumbi made use of forgery in writing to appropriate the plot located n ° 6 and 8 of the intersection of avenues Mahenge and Kato, in the Kampemba commune in Lubumbashi belonging to the Greek citizen Alexandro Stoupis. Moïes Katumbi was sentenced to 3 years in prison and a fine of 1 million Euros.
In a letter addressed to the Minister of Justice, the judge in charge of the trial, Chantal Ramazani requested the withdrawal of her signature on the court decision that was “extorted”, denounced the many irregularities of form and substance in the case and revealed the pressures and threats she faced to convict Moïse Katumbi (see the judge’s letter). She has been threatened with the revocation of 10 years of imprisonment. These pressures came mainly from Kalev Mutond, the Director General of the ANR and his men in Lubumbashi who did not hesitate to take out a weapon to scare the judge. Today, Chantal Ramazani lives in exile in France, under the protection of the International Federation of Human Rights.
The CENCO Bishops’ Investigation Report reveals that the plaintiff, the Greek citizen Mr. Stoupis, is regularly used by the government to dismiss political opponents, and asserts that Moïse Katumbi is “not closely concerned” by this affair, which according to their comments is only a “grotesque montage”, “a masquerade” to remove Moise Katumbi from power and prevent him from participating in the presidential election.
Finally, the house in question does not belong and never belonged to Moïes Katumbi but rather to his brother Raphael Katebe Katoto who reveals it himself in a video.
- Watch Chantal Ramazani’s interview
- Download Chantal Ramazani’s letter
- Download the report of the bishops of CENCO.
- Watch the video of Raphael Katebe Katoto who declares that the house belongs to him
Myth: Moïse Katumbi will be arrested if he returns to the Democratic Republic of Congo and brought to justice.
Arresting Moïse Katumbi would be a grave violation of international law. He must be able to return safely to his country, be a candidate to the presidential election and campaign.
Victim of a fierce persecution of power, Moïes Katumbi filed a complaint to the UN Human Rights Committee in early June 2017. In response, the UN Human Rights Committee called the Congolese state “to take all necessary measures to ensure that Moise Katumbi can return to the Democratic Republic of Congo and can participate freely and safely, as candidates, in the presidential elections scheduled for the end of 2017. To this end, the State must take all measures to ensure that Moïse Katumbi has the right to liberty and security by protecting her from any form of arbitrary arrest or detention for the duration of the Committee’s review of her communication. ”
- Read the full decision of the UN Human Rights Committee
Myth : Moïse Katumbi is not Congolese.
Moïse Katumbi is Congolese of origin.
The genealogical tree of Moïse Katumbi is known and official. Born in Katanga, Moïse Katumbi is the great grandson of King Msiri. Born of royal lineage, his mother is Princess Bemba / Yeke. In 2006 and 2011, Moïse Katumbi ran in several elections without anyone ever questioning his nationality. The controversy maintained on this subject is only pure distraction.