DR Congo’s former health minister cleared of covid funds fraud

A former Minister of Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) prosecuted and briefly detained in 2021 for an alleged embezzlement of funds allocated to the fight against Covid-19 was acquitted on Wednesday by Congolese justice.

Eteni Longondo, Minister of Health from 2021 to 2022, had been suspected by the General Inspectorate of Finance (IGF) of having embezzled more than 7 million dollars intended for the fight against the pandemic.

Mr. Longondo, who spent around three weeks in pre-trial detention in August-September 2021, has always denied embezzling the money. “He was acquitted, this Thursday by the Court of Cassation, which concluded that there was no incriminating evidence

Mr. Longondo, lawyer, Hugues Pulusi Eka, told news reporters that, In the DRC, the Court of Cassation is competent to judge in first and last resort acts attributed in particular to members of the government.