DR Congo Senate leader resigns

Alexis Thambwe Mwamba, head of the Senate of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, officially resigned on Friday following a forfeiture procedure launched against him by a group of senators.

Senators blame several grievances against Thambwe Mwamba, an influential member of the Common Front Coalition for Congo (FCC), led by former President Joseph Kabila. Thambwe was accused of embezzlement of funds, bad management of the upper house of the parliament.

In a letter sent by Thambwe announcing his resignation, he denounced a political petition against him and the members of the office.

On Wednesday in Kinshasa, supporters of President Felix Tshisekedi regained control of the National Assembly. The fight for control of the Senate is also part of the goal of the Sacred Union, a new coalition created by Felix Tshisekedi after breaking up the FCC-CACH coalition late last year.