COGEP recommends the revision of mining contracts, following irregularities

The Gécamines headquarters in Lubumbashi.

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The Gécamines headquarters in Lubumbashi.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Coalition for the Governance of Public Enterprises (COGEP) recommends the revision of all mining contracts concluded since 2009. According to it, some transfers are irregular and irrational. The coalition also speaks of serious indications of embezzlement, recommendations addressed to the Congolese authorities.

With our correspondent in Kinshasa, Commander Muzembe Commander

Two partnership contracts – Metalkol and Evelyne Investment – have revealed irregular and irrational disposals of mining assets, say COGEP officials who analyzed the two companies.

They detected serious indications of embezzlement, corruption and underlined the loss of revenue for the State. They implicate the leaders of Gécamines and political leaders.

For COGEP, it is therefore important to order the review of all the mining contracts concluded from 2009 until today, which will make it possible to verify the regularity of their procedures and the fairness of their contractual terms, explains the coalition statement. And parliament will have to set up a commission to investigate the allegations in state-owned companies.

The Coalition for Good Governance of Public Enterprises asks civil society to become a whistleblower if management irregularities are observed in the mining sector.

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