Katumbi Constitutes Inner Circle As DRC Election Approaches

Popular Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader Moise Katumbi has constituted an advisory board as part of his inner circle forming a shadow working group ahead of the December 23 general election.

Katumbi is favourite to take over the presidency if a credible, free and fair election is held in the mineral rich central African nation.

The former Katanga governor, once an ally of President Joseph Kabila, has unsurprisingly romped one of his loyal lieutenants Salomon Kalonda into the inner circle.

Kalonda was Katumbi’s chief advisor when the former served as Katanga governor for nine years.

Katumbi is leading the opposition coalition Ensemble which has mounted pressure on the incumbent to declare he will respect the constitution and leave office ahead of the delayed polls.

Spokesperson for Ensemble Olivier Kamitatu announced the recent appointments saying this demonstrates that the opposition was ready to form government and start working to develop the DRC.

Kamitatu says Salomon Idi Kalonda Della will be the special advisor for political having amassed considerable wealth of knowledge at provincial level when the two formed a strong bond.

Katumbi and Kalonda have worked closely for twenty years overseeing political, business and sports affairs which included the management of TP Mazembe.

According to Kamitatu there are 46 advisors so far appointed to the frontline with the team expected to assemble candidates for the constituency elections.

Civil society activist Dominique Munongo Inamizi has been appointed External Relations and International Cooperation while Anne-Emilie Poto, a businesswoman and sister of the First Lady of Congo-Brazzaville, is in charge of Cooperation and Regional Integration.

Former parliamentarian in the ruling party Francis Kalombo and Frenchman François Hurstel were respectively appointed advisor in charge of electoral matters and communications.

Hurstel brings his expertise in political campaigns and its network internationally.

Jean-Jacques Wondo, an expert on security issues from the Belgian Royal Military Academy, also joins Katumbi. A former magistrate Frédéric Bola, former provincial minister Jean-Marie Dikanga Kazadi and Boniface Yemba Poyo, a professor in Washington have also been romped into the group of advisors.

First timers in politics Patrick Amani Mundeke, Abel Augustin Amundala, Milly Mumba or Marcelline Nkenyi were lined up for key positions.

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