The imbroglio surrounding the land occupied by the Saint John XXIII theological seminary, west of Kinshasa, continues. The case came to light on July 19, when representatives of the Catholic Church accused John NyakeruAmbassador of the DRC to Kenya and, moreover, brother of the First Lady, Denise Nyakeru-Tshisekedi, to be involved in an attempt to spoliate this nine-hectare site, of which the prelates claim to have had the title deed since the time colonial.
During an improvised press conference on the spot, the very influential cardinal Fridolin Ambongo and his vicar, Monsignor Carlos Ndaka Salabisala, had then denounced an attempted spoliation orchestrated by a group of people claiming, in particular, the brother of the First Lady. On July 21, the cardinal received John Nyakeru in audience to discuss this subject with him.
Complaint and denial
Several publications then circulated on social networks, some claiming that Fridolin Ambongo had, during this exchange, apologized to the diplomat. Claim denied a few days later by a press release from the Archdiocese of Kinshasa. The latter added that, during the meeting, John Nyakeru had been informed of the identity of the people who implicate him and that it “belongs to him”.[enait] now to prove his innocence.
DRC: a brother of Denise Nyakeru Tshisekedi, the first lady, accused of spoliation by the Church
Contacted by Young Africathe brother of the First Lady denies any involvement in this case and assure have no claim to the compound occupied by the theological seminary. According to our information, he even filed a complaint on July 22 with the provincial police station for the city of Kinshasa.
In this handwritten document, which JA was able to consult, the diplomat specifies that his approach is aimed at an individual by the name of Trésor, who would have cited his name in this affair. This man would have presented himself to the ecclesiastics as his private secretary.
In the list of contacts that the cardinal gave to John Nyakeru on July 21 also appears the name of an agent of the National Intelligence Agency (ANR), whose spoliators have, according to the Church, also claimed and this , specifies the complaint, while “the problems of concessions do not concern the ANR”.
According to the Catholic Church, the land in question has aroused envy for several years, certain conflicts around the property titles of this concession dating back at 2019.