Kinshasa launches audit of petroleum products as fuel shortage kicks in
Faced with fuel shortages in Kinshasa, the government of DRC led by Prime Minister Sama Lukonde Kyeng has launched an audit on the pricing structure of petroleum products.
Last month in the utmost secrecy, the Kinshasa prosecutor's office opened an investigation into an account held by the finance ministry at the First National Bank containing over $300m. It is a sensitive case that could involve irregular transactions.
With a tender call reissued in secret and the arrest of a senior civil servant opposed to a decision taken by the hydraulic resources and electricity minister, the Nzilo II hydroelectric power station project is causing disorder in Kinshasa.
The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), which aims to improve transparency in the mining and oil sectors, has obtained only limited results in the African countries which have adopted it. The organisation, based in Norway, relies heavily on its member countries' representatives, who often have ties with governments and extractive industry companies.