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CONGO: Five Year Forced Labour For Former Health Minister Who Stole Ebola Relief Fund

By Published March 25, 2020

A former health minister who led the fight to contain the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been sentenced to five years of forced labour for stealing more than $400,000 from funds intended to fight the Ebola epidemic.

Oly Ilunga, 59, and Guy Matondo, financial advisor forged receipts worth thousands of Dollars from non-existent companies which were used to justify purchases of products already paid for by international donors.

They also diverted money meant to pay for the transportation of life-saving items to Ebola hotspots.

More than 2,200 people died from Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo since the outbreak began in 2018. No new cases have been recorded in more than a month.

A former health minister in central Africa has been jailed for five years for stealing funds earmarked to fight the disease.

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