Pressure mounts on Tshisekedi not to challenge $619m Dig Oil ruling in court
Fellow Kasai natives in the president's entourage want him to negotiate directly with the South African oil company.
Following a US court ruling, the DRC may see up to $619m of its US assets seized by oil junior Dig Oil. Africa Intelligence has had access to documents that reveal the determining behind-the-scenes role played by several Congolese ministers in this legal fiasco.
Though some of the Congolese president's advisors are still pushing to counter the South African firm's arbitration award with another lawsuit, others would prefer Tshisekedi to accept a secret deal that comes with financial compensation.
Threatened with a fine equal to 10% of the national budget, the Congolese president has little choice but to negotiate with Dig Oil even as Kinshasa looks for a last ditch attempt to annul the arbitral ruling in favour of the South African oil junior.