Thousands dismissed as Congo battles corruption

2010-01-06 11:15

President Joseph Kabila has sacked 119 managerial staff and

employees and forcibly retired 2 569 others in his fight against corruption in

the Democratic Republic of Congo, officials said.

The dismissed staff worked for the ministries of finance and the

budget, the tax department, the customs and excise office, and the directorate

of administrative receipts and state property.

“The dismissal concerns any agent who has been involved in the bad

management of public finances,” Budget Minister Michel Lokola said.

At the same time, about 1 500 agents in the public services

concerned were promoted, under a series of decrees signed at the beginning of

this month by the head of state.

Those who were laid-off or retired mostly held the posts of

directors of services, divisional chiefs and office chiefs, in the tax

department and in the finance ministry.

“There’s nothing arbitrary about this,” Lokola said. “These

measures are part of the struggle against corruption and embezzlement.”

In the middle of last year, Kabila dismissed or retired almost 1

300 civil servants and more than 100 magistrates, again in the name of the fight

against corruption.

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