The new guy

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

By Romain Gras, Stanis Bujakera Tshiamala

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Posted on February 1, 2022 14:49

Firefox_Screenshot_2022-01-28T09-02-29.021Z Alphonse Kaputo Kalubi, who succeeded Albert Yuma as head of Gécamines, DRC © DR
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

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.

4. Institutional support

Kalubi can count

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