— Published 25 May 2021

Athletes’ village construction exceeds budget

Jeux Francophonie

With a year and a few months to go before the event, the bill for the 2022 Francophonie Games in Kinshasa (DRC) has gone in the red. According to the Africaintelligence website, the Congolese Ministry of the Budget has authorized the use of a direct agreement procedure, without a call for bids, to build the future athletes’ village. The construction site was entrusted to a Congolese company, Janamapa Construct, for an amount of just under 113 million dollars. The village alone already encompasses much more than the initial 87 million dollars budget, which was supposed to cover all the costs of the event. According to Didier Tshiyoyo, the new leader of the Games, a representative of the Congolese president Félix Tshisekedi to the Francophonie Games National Committee (CNJF), the procedure of the market’s attribution, but also its cost, are explained by the urgency to build the site, which must be finalized three months before the Games (August 19th to 28th, 2022) at the latest, and by the sanitary context. The COVID-19 pandemic would be responsible for a “disruption of budgetary and financial planning.” Didier Tshiyoyo is the only master and commander of the 2022 Francophonie Games’ organization since the resignation of the organizing committee director, Lolonga Nkoi Kimpoke, last May 11th. As a reminder, the Francophonie Games in Kinshasa were initially scheduled in 2021, but were postponed for a year because of the sanitary crisis.