Inner circles | Congo
Mines minister and Sassou favourite Pierre Oba besieged by irate investors

Congo Minister of Mines, Pierre Oba.
Congo Minister of Mines, Pierre Oba. © Jemal Countess / Getty Images North America / Getty Images via AFP
The seeking of around $40bn from the Congolese state by four companies in compensation for the recent cancellation of their iron mining permits has placed the country's mining industry's movers and shakers in the spotlight, not least the powerful minister of mines Pierre Oba who is an essential cog in President Denis Sassou Nguesso's machine. [...]
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