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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