Every week CNN International’s African Voices highlights Africa’s most engaging personalities, exploring the lives and passions of people who rarely open themselves up to the camera. This week they profile Moise Katumbi, the governor of Katanga province in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- Moise Katumbi is the governor of the resource-rich Katanga province in the DRC
- He is rebuilding Katanga’s roads and has launched a school improvement program
- He’s also the owner of TP Mazembe, one of Africa’s most successful football teams
- Last year the team became the first African team to reach FIFA Club World Cup final
Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo (CNN) — Since he was elected governor of Katanga province in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2007, Moise Katumbi has been intent on change.
From fixing roads to repairing factories and schools, Katumbi has been leading a rebuilding program that he hopes will transform the mineral-rich province.
Those efforts have helped Katumbi earn what seems to be genuine affection from the people. It isn’t uncommon for him to be met by cheering crowds wherever he goes in Katanga.
His popularity is also boosted by his ownership of TP Mazembe, the remarkably successful football team that comes from the area and which made history last year when it became the first African team to reach the FIFA Club World Cup final.
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