Dossier 100 jours: sur 12.650.000 USD pour 1500 maisons préfabriquées, Samih Jammal n’a remis que 7.890.000 USD à Kamod

While the prosecution trial against Vital Kamerhe, Samih Jammal and Ndoole Jeannot Muhima has been dismissed for oral argument, there is growing evidence of certain irregularities observed in the types of contracts entered into.

Documents in our possession show an order for 1500 prefabricated houses made by Samih Jammal from the company KARMOD in Instanbul for a total amount of 12,650,000 USD.

But it appears that the said company paid only 7,890,000 USD.

The Samibo company still owes Karmod more than US $ 5 million to Karmod to complete the order for 1,500 prefabricated houses when it has already collected more than US $ 50 million from the Congolese government.

The amount of 50 million US dollars was confirmed by former finance minister Henri Yav Mulang and the Governor of the central bank of Congo Deogratias Mutombo during the previous hearing on June 01.

Why the Kamod company and not the factory of prefabricated houses in Kisangani?

Another and not the least important fact is the choice made to the Kamod company for the delivery of prefabricated houses when a company of this type is already installed in the DRC, in Kisangani and which is only waiting for the green light from the authorities to manufacture locally prefabricated houses.

Between 2013-2014, thanks to a feasibility study by the Agence Congolaise des Grands Travaux, ACGT, following an assembly on the envelope of Chinese contracts, a turnkey contract was signed with Italian partners for the establishment a factory for manufacturing and assembling so-called “prefabricated” houses.

In the project, the factory was to be located in central Kongo, somewhere in the Kimpese hills.

While the project was already finalized, the government decided to direct this project to Kisangani, which would have resulted in another heavy siting plan for the investor, since it was planned to clear all the material by Matadi, and the route by road to Kimpese distant only 180 Km!

However with Kisangani, it was necessary to clear customs by Dar-es -Salam and to transport the material very far, on impassable roads.

It was done anyway, with the consequence that on arrival, several machines were broken, unusable.

The broken equipment had to be re-ordered, which delayed the start-up of the factory!

While the governorate of Kisangani had made available to the investor the land for the factory, the day of the inauguration, all the guests were surprised by an opposition usher of a general of the FARDC (whom I kept silent the name), supposedly owner of the land, and who asked the factory to clear off.

Despite the calls, the procedures in Kinshasa, the factory never turned, and the investor, discouraged, abandoned everything on site, a new state-of-the-art factory set up in particular by engineers from INPP and ACGT .

It was with the advent of Félix Tshisekedi that this dossier was to be relaunched by chance during the head of state’s visit to Kisangani.

One of the ACGT officials sent this information to the presidential service, and Fatshi will send his Dircaba responsible for infrastructure to the spot, Ms. Gety Ntiaka to inquire.

The Dircaba was left speechless, discovering this brand new factory, ready to turn to start the production of prefabricated houses, it being understood that the investor even brought in his luggage several launch panels for the construction of the houses.

A joint ACGT-Presidency of the Republic mission was carried out in Italy with investors to make the final adjustment for the launch of this factory, and all the authorizations are ready.

Several questions were therefore asked by Babi Kundu, jurist and political specialist:

  • Why did we relaunch the Samibo project signed by Bitakwira, and add a miraculous endorsement relating to Husmal, endorsement of 222% of the initial market, even though the law only authorizes an endorsement of 15% higher than the basic contract?
  • Why Karmod in Turkey, via Samibo and Husmal (a ghost company, to which we paid 100% of the price of the services, when the law only authorizes advances of 30%, and without contract or authorization of non-objection from the DGCMP?), so that we could activate the local Kisangani factory, which was going to produce these houses at low cost?
  • The construction of these on-site houses would bring added value to the State and curb some unemployment by employing thousands of Congolese!
  • Wasn’t the Head of State’s Director of Cabinet aware of the existence of this factory? Did he not have the Dircaba mission report on infrastructure?

Thierry Mfundu

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