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Congolese musician Tshala Muana arrested

Congolese musician Tshala Muana was on Monday, November 16 arrested.

According to the family of the popular singer, she was arrested by agents from the National Intelligence Agency (ANR) in the capital- Kinshasa.

Although the motive of the arrest is yet to be known, her producer and companion, Claude Mashala, claims that Tshala was arrested because of her latest song- Ingratitude which was released over the weekend.

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Supporters of President Felix Tshisekedi have interpreted the song to mean that Tshala Muana is criticising the president for “being ungrateful to his mentor and turning his back on him.”

Although the name of the mentor has not been revealed in the song, commentators have perceived it is former President Joseph Kabila, who helped Tshisekedi form a coalition government back in August 2019.

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Despite Tshisekedi’s election win in January 2019, the 57-year-old found himself sharing power as Kabila’s Common Front for Congo (FCC) party had a huge majority in the National Assembly. FCC had 342 of the 485 seats.

Even after coming into an agreement to form a coalition, the coalition has been having wrangles with one party feeling shortchanged.

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The 62-year-old singer is a supporter of Kabila.

Tshala was born Élisabeth Tshala Muana Muidikay. She started he career as a dancer for the musical band Tsheke Tsheke Love in 1977.

She is famous for several songs such as Karibu Yangu- released in 1991, and Kokola- released in 1997.

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