Seven weeks. This is what separates the launch of Jean-Marc Kabund’s party from the start of his trial. Pillar of the presidential majority and boss of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS, in power) until his disgrace at the beginning of the year, the opponent will be tried from September 5 before the Court of cassation. He is notably prosecuted for contempt.
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He is accused of having made remarks deemed offensive to against of the Head of State during the press conference to launch the Alliance for Change, his new political party, on July 18. On the occasion of this muscular speech, the former first vice-president of the National Assembly accused Félix Tshisekedi of being “a public danger at the top of the state”. He also denounced the “notorious incompetence” of his administration and “institutionalized mismanagement”.
According to the summons sent to him on August 23, Kabund is also accused of having damaged the image of the Congolese government, which he compared, during the same press conference, to a “club of ‘friends where sorcerer’s apprentices of all persuasions carry out their first internship at the top of the state’. Very lively, the ex-boss of the UDPS also attacked Parliament, which he considers “desacralized” and accuses of having become “a place of settling scores”.
Targeted since July 22 by an indictment from the General Prosecutor’s Office near the Court of Cassation, Kabund was interviewed twice before being placed in detention in Makala prison on August 9. His immunity as a deputy had been lifted by the office of the National Assembly, led by Christophe Mboso, a few hours earlier. Assigned under house arrest since August 12 by decision of the Court of Cassation, he is nevertheless still detained in pavilion number eight of the Kinshasa penitentiary.
His relatives denounce an “arbitrary detention”. “The prosecution allows itself to skip this step in violation of Jean-Marc Kabund’s rights”, annoys Emmanuel Kahaya, chief of staff and lawyer for the accused, who calls for a “public and fair” trial. “We have requested hearings to obtain explanations,” he adds. But the prosecutor told us that the Ministry of the Interior had to find another residence in Kabund than his own before releasing him. of prison. »