Hiding the identity of the real beneficiaries
The instructions from Konema Mwenenge are unambiguous: “We believe that the information that Sodiam ultimately belongs to the Angolan state and Melbourne ultimately belongs to Sindika Dokolo should not be mentioned either,” he wrote in an email dated March 10, 2014. The PwC accountant takes no offense. “Noted, we will discuss internally and get back to you,” he simply replies.
“In London, I can’t open bank accounts. In Dubai, with my friend and associate, we represent a platform that trades two billion dollars worth of diamonds a year,” Dokolo said without mentioning Konema Mwenenge by name.
Konema Mwenenge, the empire manager
For his business, Sindika Dokolo trusts only his wife and a few childhood friends. He knows he can count on the discipline and dedication of his old friend Konema Mwenenge. Almost everywhere “Sindika” invests, “Konema” takes a management position and willingly lends his name to lead the couple’s front companies. Their friendship was forged on the benches of the prestigious Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague high school in Paris. Like his principal, this French citizen of Congolese origin is the son of an aristocrat of the “Second Republic”, that of Mobutu Sese Seko. “Sindika is the show-off oligarch. Konema, on the other hand, is a hard worker and has a very rigorous side,” says a person close to the two men.
Between London, Dubai and Paris, where he has an address in the 8th arrondissement, Konema Mwenenge is the linchpin and financial technician of the Dokolo empire. He circulates his millions of dollars in a nebulous network of accounts and offshore companies, as if to better cover his tracks. He goes so far as to manage the personal affairs of his friend. Like this Sunday, January 24, 2016 when he informs one of the business managers that “Sindika will close the account he has in a private bank in Luxembourg and would like to transfer these funds (about 3 million) to one of his accounts in Portugal.”
More than a billion in bank loans in 2014
Konema Mwenenge is everywhere. Between October 2015 and February 2017, he provides nearly $3 million worth of invoices to the Angolan brewery Sodiba, of which “engineer Isabel dos Santos and Dr. Sindika Dokolo” are the “Angolan shareholders of record,” according to a presentation brochure dated October 2016. For this, he uses six different companies that he represents, without raising the slightest question from the law firms or accountants with whom he exchanges. He simply states that these are “shareholder loans”. Nor is there any question when the Franco-Congolese signs, in the space of two years, more than 5 million in consultancy contracts for a company, Solvere, based in Mauritius, of which he admits to being one of the main shareholders.