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DRC’s Alingete & Nsaa-Nsaabe: Tug-of-war on defining financial mismangement

By Stanis Bujakera Tshiamala
Posted on Thursday, 13 January 2022 19:46

Jules Alingete, the head of the IGF, and Izemengia Nsaa-Nsaa, the first president of the Court of Auditors. © Montage JA: Colin Delfosse for JA; DRC Court of Auditors

Jules Alignete is head of the "Inspection Générale des Finances", while Izemengia Nsaa-Nsaa presides over the Court of Auditors. Each has his own definition of “mismanagement.” Behind this technical tug-of-war, there is a very political issue at stake.

Although this debate might seem technical, it is also profoundly political. Should the DRC’s many ministries and institutions’ very large and repeated budget overruns be considered as “mismanagement” or not?

Jules Alingete, the highly publicised head of the Inspection Générale des Finances (IGF), believes that these overruns are the result of a political choice, and therefore constitute “neither an act of misappropriation nor an act of mismanagement.”