On Wednesday, after hours of questioning into the alleged misappropriation of funds, the chief of staff to the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo was arrested in the capital, Kinshasa.
Vital Kamerhe was questioned over his role following allegations of corruption in infrastructure projects that fell under his agenda during the first 100 days of President Félix Tshisekedi’s term last year.
After questioning he was driven to the city’s main jail, Makala Prison, where he spent the night. It is still unknown whether charges will be brought against him.
Mr Kamerhe’s supporters were sighted protesting in his hometown, Bukavu, in eastern DR Congo. It was said that they blocked the road outside his party headquarters.
It was also revealed that Mr Kamerhe’s party Union for the Congolese Nation (UNC) backed Mr Tshisekedi’s presidential bid in the December 2018 election.