DR Congo’s Senate voted on Friday against lifting the immunity of former prime minister Augustin Matata Ponyo for a probe into embezzlement of public funds, dealing a blow to the president’s anti-corruption drive.
Matata Ponyo is the latest public figure to come under scrutiny over alleged corruption since President Felix Tshisekedi took office in January 2019.
But the Senate kept his immunity in place, saying the Constitutional Court which made the request was not competent to try a parliamentarian, a senator who took part in the closed-doors plenary said. according AFP
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Constitutional Court serves as the criminal tribunal for the president and the prime minister while in office.
The IGF implicated Matata Ponyo in its report, saying he was “intellectual author” of the crime.
He has denied the accusations and his lawyer Safari Mulume said on Friday that he had lodged a complaint against the IGF’s head and three other financial investigators over “slanderous” claims.