DRC: 10 things to know about Alphonse Kaputo Kalubi, the new Gécamines boss

By Romain Gras, Stanis Bujakera Tshiamala
Posted on Tuesday, 1 February 2022 15:49, updated on Friday, 10 June 2022 10:03

Alphonse Kaputo Kalubi, who succeeded Albert Yuma as head of Gécamines, DRC © DR

Alphonse Kaputo Kalubi’s recent appointment ended the reign of Albert Yuma, an ally of Joseph Kabila and the emblematic boss of the powerful state mining company Gécamines. The new chairman is well connected to the DRC's elite, as was his predecessor.

1. Katangan

Like Albert Yuma, who headed of Gécamines for 11 years, Alphonse Kaputo Kalubi is a Katangan. He was born in Lubumbashi and comes from the territory of Kasenga (Haut-Katanga). The company is historically important in this large mining region.

2. Network

Although he knows Félix Tshisekedi well, the new Gécamines chairman has a close relationship with Sama Lukonde Kyenge, who was the company’s general manager until he became prime minister in February 2021. The latter also strongly supported his appointment.

3. Anti-Yuma