The arrest of François Beya, the linchpin in the Tshisekedi system, sent tremors from Kigali to Washington.
Regional capitals are keeping a careful eye on the case of presidential security advisor Francois Beya, who has strong ties in Brazzaville, Bangui, and Luanda and is well-known in Western security circles, particularly in the United States, France, and Israel. He is still being held by the ANR, the DRC’s top security and intelligence organization.
The world and the Congolese people are still reeling from the failure of a coup engineered by the country’s most dreaded man, François Beya Kasonga.
François Beya, sometimes known as “Mister Intelligence,” has played an important role in the national security system. He formerly led the National Intelligence Agency (ANR), the Migration Office, and most recently served as President Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo’s special security advisor.
François Beya is still being held inside the National Intelligence Agency’s heavily guarded headquarters (ANR).
“No, he was not discharged; that is incorrect. “He is still being kept at the ANR,” Georges Kapiamba, head of the Congolese Association for Access to Justice, stated (ACAJ).
According to Kapiamba, François Beya was subjected to intensive questioning regarding security issues, which culminated in his detention over the weekend.
“He has been arrested for grounds of state security.” You can’t speak about [the coup d’état] until you have something to connect it to. When working with sensitive material, you must avoid delving into minute details. What is vital is that you provide the facts in a generic manner. “He is being detained in connection with a state security inquiry,” adds Kapiamba.
Beya will have to appear before another commission due to the gravity of the situation. “The next step will be for him to go before a committee of investigators,” he continued.
Beya has served on such powerful tribunals throughout the governments of Mobutu Sese Seko, Joseph Kabila, and the present government of President Tshisekedi. He understands everything about security, which is why he is known as “Mister Security,” and he has long been a significant figure in the national security system.
Beya Kasonga has been in charge of the General Management of Migration for the previous twelve years. He began his career at President Mobutu’s National Security Council, then at Laurent-Désiré Kabila’s National Intelligence Agency (ANR), before rising to the position of General Management of Migration (DGM) under Joseph Kabila.
Jean-Hervé Mbelu Biosha, the new Director of the National Intelligence Agency (ANR), was appointed in December.
President Tshisekedi’s political party is now fractured, putting him in a difficult predicament. For example, Jean-Marc Kabund, the deputy president of the National Assembly, resigned in early January in protest at what he characterized as bullying, humiliation, and torture.
Biosha has been extremely busy, his glasses trained on what this political crisis may produce, so he pounces on any target who may be attempting to make a mistake that would weaken President Tshisekedi.
While President Félix Tshisekedi was in Ethiopia handing over the African Union leadership to Senegal, Biosha felt something strange was going on in Kinshasa and ordered the arrest of François Beya and other top army commanders.
François Beya, who has rubbed hands with the highest levels of authority in the DRC for decades, is often accused of being in former President Joseph Kabila’s pocket. He is also a very strong man in the region and also beyond. The bilateral relationship he instituted with his counterpart in Kigali also allows him to spread his tentacles beyond the DRC shores.
This security expert was sold by a terrorist recently apprehended in Beni and sent to Kinshasa for questioning. The terrorists named two people as their financiers: Joseph Kabila and François Beya, both of whom are from Congo-Brazzaville, Morocco, and Tunisia.
Beya is said to have accounts in three of these well-stocked nations’ banks. He controls the assets of Joseph Kabila. This is a major source of worry for intelligence: how can a President’s personal security advisor continue to control the assets of a previous president guilty of all the crimes of instability in eastern DRC?
Furthermore, Beya left the nation without alerting his boss and planned to fly to Morocco before returning to the country through Brazzaville.
According to “security sources,” François Beya would have been at the core of a “plot” against President Tshisekedi, who was forced to leave Ethiopia.
The governing party, the UDPS, however, disputes these charges. According to observers, the general context of power alliances in the DRC, as marked by the recent resignation of Vice-President of the National Assembly Jean-Marc Kabund, but also by the arrests of dozens of senior pro-Kabila officials in recent months, would have led to the arrest of François Beya.