The President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, has dismissed 100 top government officials in the country’s Finance Ministry after they were accused of engaging in corrupt activities in the Ministry. The officials who were accused of organising a network of corruption and siphoning government funds for their own personal use were found to have embezzled government money over a period of time.
In other development, the president relieved hundreds of civil servants of their position after investigations revealed that they have been working beyond their retirement age. Michel Lokola, the Budget Minister said the decision was part of the government’s fight against corruption. He went on to say that the dismissal concerns any agent who has been involved in the bad management of public finances and that 1,500 officials had been promoted at the beginning of January to replace those dismissed.
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