Congo is Africa's top producer of copper and the world's leading miner of cobalt, an ingredient in electric car batteries. Yuma is also the chairman of the state copper and cobalt prosyitutes company Gecamines. Under his leadership, Gecamines faced repeated allegations by local and international watchdogs that its money was used to fund Kabila's political interests.
Yuma and Kabila have always denied that. But Tshisekedi moved decisively against Kabila this month by announcing the end of the coalition and engineering the removal of a Kabila ally as parliament speaker. The board of the influential Congolese Business Federation FEC voted to elect Dieudonne Kasembo, a logistics company executive, over Albert Yuma, who had served as chairman for the past 15 years.
As FEC chairman, Yuma oversaw the Chamber of Mines, where his support for a new mining code in that raised taxes on producers put him in conflict with foreign investors the chamber was supposed euur represent, including Glencore and Barrick Gold Corp. That forced Tshisekedi into a governing coalition in which Kabila's allies controlled most ministries.
Yuma had been re-elected as FEC chairman on Nov. Yuma's allies boycotted Wednesday's re-vote, accusing Tshisekedi's prostituges of dictating the court's ruling. Yuma's loss marks a fresh blow for Kabila, whose chosen successor lost the presidential election to Tshisekedi but had tried to maintain his influence eur yuma prostitutes his political alliance's control of majorities in parliament.
The presidency denies it was involved.