The United States is announcing sanctions against a Congolese officer whom they accuse of hindering the democratic process in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This is General François Olenga, the head of the “Military House” of President Kabila.
Washington accuses General Olenga of undermining the democratic process in the DRC. According to a statement from the US Treasury Department, the Republican Guard reportedly harassed, arrested and even executed opponents under its authority.
General Olenga sees his possible holdings in the United States frozen. According to the statement, the tourist complex Safari Beach, at the gates of Kinshasa, of which he is an owner, is also targeted. He is also prevented from establishing business relationships with Americans, whether they are individuals or corporations.
According to Brian Neubert, a spokesman for the US State Department, the United States is trying to show their dissatisfaction with the failure to comply with the DRC agreement. “This action is completely logical, more than six months after our statements,” he said. That means for the government and for all the parties in the Congo [to respect] the December 31 agreement. “
The US sanctions were announced in the wake of European sanctions, which target nine Congolese officials, including the head of the National Intelligence Agency and two ministers.
Written by Fabrice Hakizimana.