Reports emerging from the corridors of power in Gombe, Kinshasa have it that one of the very powerful intermediaries of President Félix Tshisekedi with President Paul Kagame has been put behind bars.
According to a reliable source, Fortunat Biselele, 51, a private advisor to the President was seized on January 14 by heavily armed agents of the National Intelligence Agency (ANR).
Biselele has been interrogated on security and financial subjects by the country’s spy chief Jean-Hervé Mbelu Biosha since Saturday January 14.
He was effectively stripped of his powers and dismissed from his role of Private advisor to the head of state.
“The President has thus decided to separate from one of his relatives, who has followed him for twenty years and who was for a long time one of his main intermediaries with President Paul Kagame,” the source said.
On January 15, while Félix Tshisekedi was heading to Switzerland for the World Economic Forum in Davos (January 16 to 20), Biselele was still behind bars at the ANR premises.
Biselele was arrested along with Pacifique Kahasha close to Vital Kamerhe, the former chief of staff.
Before his arrest and interrogation, Biselele had earlier revealed details of meetings between President Kagame and President Tshisekedi.
“President Tshisekedi offered his Rwandan counterpart a simple thing. We are a rich country, you are our neighbours. No war will displace the neighbours. I offer you projects where we will play win-win. minerals at home, which interest you, you have the possibility, with your address book, to contact investors around the world and we will work in synergy to develop the area together”, Biselele said during a media interview.
“Me personally, I have been to Kigali from time to time, sent by President Tshisekedi, bearer of these messages. We have advanced a lot, until a certain moment, the obscure interests, which have made the situation that it is today”.
Political pundits believe that Biselele remarks via media could be the reason he was arrested and grilled although the ANR has not given the reason for the arrest.