Ex-DRC PM Matata was placed under house arrest for embezzlement

The country’s Constitutional Court has put the Former Prime Minister of DR Congo, Augustin Matata Ponyo, under house arrest.

And this arrest is concerning the pending investigation into embezzlement charges.

Prosecutors demand parliament to lift the immunity for Matata to face a probe for alleged corruption.

The constitutional court’s request is not empowering to try a parliamentarian when the Senate voted against lifting immunity.

Senators come under the supervision of the Court of Cassation for criminal proceedings in DR of Congo. 

To remove Matata’s parliamentary immunity, the prosecutor of the Constitutional Court demands an agreement of 6 members of the Senate office.

And according to Matata’s lawyer Laurent Onyemba, they plan to represent Matata as a free man before the court. As Matata is not guilty yet, and they also don’t have any evidence against him. 

Also, the court is accusing the former prime minister of ordering payment of $110m to fictitious creditors and alleged victims of “Zaireanisation.”


Dispossessing the assets of foreign entrepreneurs but without compensation is Zaireanisation. Former ruler Mobutu Sese Seka initiated this in the 1970s. 

But according to Onyemba, all these allegations are false down the line. 

And before the Mata joined the government, all the evidence, the list of creditors, the certification of debts arising from Zaireanisation, were already shown. 

From 2010 until 2016, Matata was minister of finance and then prime minister in the government of ex-President Joseph Kabil.

 The equivalent of $205m has been ravaged out of $285m spent for a pilot agro-industrial scheme in Bukangalonzo, 250km (155 miles) southeast of the capital.

And the IGF, which was included in this operation, implicated Matata in its report.

After denying the accusations, Matata lodged a complaint against the IGF’s head and three other financial investigators for “slanderous” claims.

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