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.
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.
His relations with Yuma were reputedly icy. The two men disagreed on many issues, especially Gécamines’ strategic orientations. Kalubi was even sidelined from day-to-day management, despite the fact that he was on the board of directors. This enmity worked in his favour when the head of state wanted to replace Yuma.
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