Jean - Marc Kabund
Jean - Marc Kabund

The SMS that precipitated the fall of Jean-Marc Kabund, Tshisekedi’s right-hand man

Behind the dismissal on May 25 of the first vice-president of the National Assembly, Jean-Marc Kabund, hides Kabila’s anger against the one who is also acting president of the UDPS.
Jean-Marc Kabund, Acting President of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress.

It was a simple SMS that played the role of a real detonator. In a message sent in mid-May to a relative of Joseph Kabila, Jean-Marc Kabund, acting president of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS, the party of President Félix Tshisekedi), openly complained of walks like electoral meetings of the former Congolese president.

Two weeks earlier, on April 28, Joseph Kabila’s Land Rover had slowly made its way up an artery in the capital, to the cheers of several hundred Kineses who had come to welcome the former president in droves. A very political stroll, which angered the Tshisekedi clan to the highest point. Faithful among the faithful of the Congolese president, Jean-Marc Kabund then split this message in which he judges the attitude of “Senator” Kabila properly inappropriate, while recalling that such an ovation was shading Tshisekedi. A missive which reached the ears of the principal concerned. Very irritated by the initiative of the Vice-President of the National Assembly, Joseph Kabila complained directly by telephone to Félix Tshisekedi.

In the process, the former president ordered parliamentarians from his Front Commun pour le Congo (FCC) movement, majority in the National Assembly, to remove Kabund from the vice-presidency of the perch. Despite his very strong protests against the president of the Assembly, Jeannine Mabunda, and the second vice-president of the lower house, Balamage N’kolo Boniface, Tshisekedi’s right arm was dismissed on May 25 in an explosive climate.

Africa Intelligence.

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