Three ambassadors of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Japan and to the United Nations have been « definitively recalled to the country » for « serious breaches, » AFP learned from the Foreign Ministry on Thursday.
Ambassador to Tokyo Ramazani Bin Kithima is accused of selling the embassy building, « state heritage », the Foreign Ministry told AFP.
He is reminded just like the diplomats posted at the United Nations in New York and Geneva « after disciplinary proceedings against them, » said Foreign Minister Marie Tumba Nzeza in a letter dated December 4.
Continue to challenge your hierarchy and I can assure you that you expose yourself to the most serious sanctions
The DRC permanent representative to the UN, Ignace Gata Mavita, and his colleague before the specialized agencies in Geneva, Zénon Mukongo Ngay, are reminded a few days of the vote on the renewal of the mandate of the United Nations mission in Congo (Monusco) by the Security Council.
Joined by the AFP, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not detail « the serious failings » alleged against the two ambassadors before the UN.
The Congolese ambassador to Tokyo received warnings almost a year ago. « Continue to challenge your hierarchy in this way and I can assure you that you are exposing yourself to the most serious sanctions, » the Secretary General for Foreign Affairs wrote to him on January 28.
He was accused of having « superbly ignored » a previous message of December 20 « ordering him not to undertake any initiative to alienate again the heritage of the DRC on pain of serious consequences », according to this letter that AFP has obtained.
The three ambassadors were appointed by former President Joseph Kabila. They are dismissed by the new foreign minister, a close relative of the new head of state, Felix Tshisekedi.
Tshisekedi signed a coalition agreement with his predecessor.