Businessman turned political actor

DRC: ‘Elections in 2023 are not an option, but an obligation,’ says Moïse Katumbi

By Stanis Bujakera Tshiamala

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Posted on August 25, 2021 07:09

Screenshot 2021-08-24 at 7.36.52 PM Moïse Katumbi in  Lubumbashi, 15 August 2021. © Stanis Bujakera for Jeune Afrique
Moïse Katumbi in Lubumbashi, 15 August 2021. © Stanis Bujakera for Jeune Afrique

Officially, Moïse Katumbi is a member of the majority. However, Katanga’s former governor is suspected to be having presidential ambitions. Does he intend to run in the upcoming election? How is his relationship with Félix Tshisekedi and Joseph Kabila? Katumbi reveals all in an exclusive interview.

This is a bit of a personal showcase for Moïse Katumbi. Nestled on the banks of the Luapula River, not far from Lake Moero, which separates Upper Katanga from neighbouring Zambia, is the town of Kashobwe, home to his father Nissim Soriano’s first shop. In the 1930s, this Jewish man from the island of Rhodes fled Europe, which was on the brink of war. Almost a century later, the family home is still there as are a multitude of souvenirs, like the wreck of a truck, the very first one that the businessman-turned-political actor acquired.

Kashobwe is a place where Katanga’s former governor, now head of Ensemble pour la République, can go to think. It is here, 2,000km from Kinshasa and 300km from Lubumbashi, that the chairman – as his supporters call him – agreed to meet with us in the middle of August.

This is the first time since his party joined the Union Sacrée and entered the government

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