Vital Kamerhe (VK) is back. After being sentenced in June 2020 to twenty years in prison and ten years of ineligibility for the embezzlement of more than 50 million dollars – a sentence reduced on appeal to thirteen years – he was acquitted on June 23. Now free, the former chief of staff of Felix Tshisekedi, who was also President of the National Assembly under Joseph Kabila, reappears in a political landscape widely remodeled.
DRC: discreet but relieved, Vital Kamerhe savors
The Union for the Congolese Nation (UNC), his party, was initially the sole ally of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) within Cap pour lechange (Cach), the coalition that carried the candidacy of Félix Tshisekedi for the 2018 presidential election. Today, she is only one of the components of the plethoric Sacred Union of the Nation, the new alliance which has poached many elected officials from the Kabila camp.
Despite his imprisonment, the hostility of part of his cabinet towards him and the loss of influence of the UNC, Kamerhe never broke with Félix Tshisekedi. He even managed, through several contacts in the President’s entourage, collaborators within his party and a direct link with the Head of State, to keep a place in the system of the latter. this. It is this behind-the-scenes work that has notably enabled him to retain five ministries in the government of Sama Lukonde Kyenge. Much more than the number of elected members of his party allowed him in principle to obtain.
DRC: Vital Kamerhe forgives and proclaims his loyalty to Felix Tshisekedi
Less than two years from the elections, and while the candidacies are multiplying, what role can the former “dir’cab” now play? Influential in the East – he is from South Kivu – he could first of all help Félix Tshisekedi in a region where his popularity is suffering from the lack of results from the state of siege, joint operations, but also of the conflict with the M23.
Received by Tshisekedi on June 28, Kamerhe hopes above all to find a leading position in the organization chart of the new majority. His entourage begins to dream of the functions of Prime Minister or coordinator of the Sacred Union. To achieve this, the former right-hand man of the president will be able to count on a team of faithful who, from the palace to the UNC, remained by his side during his crossing. from desert.