Teaming up

DRC: US lobbyists enlisted to rescue Tshisekedi

By Romain Gras

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Posted on April 1, 2022 11:17

While his rivals are trying to plead their case to the White House, the Congolese government is expanding its network of US lobbyists. With less than two years to go before the elections, a tug-of-war is already underway across the Atlantic.

It has almost become a ritual. Just like they did in the run-up to the 2018 presidential election, Congolese politicians are expanding their network of US lobbyists in Washington.

The Tshisekedi administration started fighting back after oppositionist Martin Fayulu offered the services of the firm Future Pact LLC for $17,500 per month last January. Furthermore, since June 2021, Moïse Katumbi has signed with three firms (King & Spalding, the DCI Group and Brownstein Hyatt), making a total of $80,000 per month.

A $900,000 contract

On 11 March, the Ministry of Communication, headed by Patrick Muyaya, signed a one-year contract with Ballard Partners, a powerful firm founded in Florida in 1998, worth $900,000. The objective is to “improve bilateral relations between the US and the DRC; strengthen democratic institutions and the rule of law; and advance the DRC’s economic growth.” The

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