Mining giant paid magnate close to DRC's Kabila: NGO

2017-03-03 19:31
Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila. (Photo: AFP)

Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila. (Photo: AFP)

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Kinshasa - International watchdog Global Witness on Friday accused Swiss-based mining corporation Glencore of paying more than $75m to a scandal-hit Israeli businessman with close links to the Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila.

"Between 2013 and 2016 mining giant Glencore paid over $75m to Dan Gertler, a controversial businessman accused of bribing senior officials in Democratic Republic of Congo to advance his mining interests," Global Witness said in a statement.

"These payments were due to be (made) to DRC's state mining company Gecamines under the terms of the original contract it had with Glencore," said the environmental and corruption watchdog.

Instead, however, they were made to Gertler, whom Global Witness described as "a friend of the Congolese President" and "a known corruption risk".

In a statement on Friday, Glencore said the payments had been made "in accordance with a payment instruction from Gecamines".

The group also said it had complied with all its disclosure obligations.

Gertler's Fleurette Group, which has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, did not respond to requests for comment on Friday.

In November, Global Witness said the vast, mineral-rich DRC's state mining company had signed up to $880m of royalties over to an offshore company owned by Gertler - "more than DRC's annual health spending".

"Typically royalties like this are for the benefit of the population. This is especially vital in DRC, which ranks near the bottom of the UN Human Development Index and has one of the lowest rates of GDP (gross domestic product) per capita in the world."

Joseph Kabila took power following his father's assassination in 2001. He has faced unprecedented pressure to stand down in recent months after his term expired in December.

As political tensions soared, he struck a power-sharing deal with the opposition on New Year's Eve that provides for elections late this year.

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