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DRC says no to “foreign interference” in elections

The Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday said it would refuse international financing of the presidential election to avoid “foreign interference.” The move comes after one of the main contenders for the presidency said the mineral-rich country needs hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign support to pull off its first peaceful transition of power […]

UN warns against ‘spiralling humanitarian needs’ in DR Congo

The UN aid chief has warned against the ‘spiralling humanitarian needs’ in DR Congo and urged the international community to help meet these needs as fighting in the country forced 4.5 million people to flee their homes over the past year and left more than 13 million in need of humanitarian assistance. The UN Emergency […]

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DR Congo: Flaring tensions could ‘plunge Kasai region into new violence,’ UN warns

The United Nations refugee agency warned Tuesday that ongoing instability in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) poses a grave risk to civilian safety, including for several hundred refugees recently returned there from Angola. Congolese Government forces have regained control of large areas of the Kasai, but there is sporadic […]

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Indian telecom operator Airtel shapes Africa exit plan

India’s biggest mobile carrier Bharti Airtel Ltd, which owns telecom assets in 14 African countries, on Wednesday said it is looking at a potential initial public offering (IPO). Bharti Airtel International (Netherlands) BV said the discussion on feasibility of listing its shares on an “internationally recognized” exchange was still in preliminary stage. Bharti Airtel, which […]

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DR Congo’s Kabila to name successor in July

Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) president Joseph Kabila will not contest upcoming elections, the information minister Lambert Mende said. According to Mende, Kabila intends to respect the constitution of the country and to hand over power after the December 2018 elections. He said the president will, in July this year, announce his preferred successor for […]

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Central Africa’s first one-stop border post inaugurated

Cameroon and Congo have inaugurated the first one Stop Border Post (OSBP) of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS). According to the ECCAS commission, the post will facilitate trade between the two states and strengthen the process of regional integration in Central Africa. Speaking to the media, Marie Thérèse Chantal Mfoula, the head […]

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UN is preserving terrorism in DRC – Museveni to investigators

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Wednesday accused the United Nations of preserving terrorism in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo. Museveni made the comments in a statement after meeting UN officials investigating an ambush of peacekeepers in eastern Congo. According to him, UN peacekeepers have been unable to curb deadly attacks by Islamist rebels in neighboring […]

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Uganda People’s Defence Forces kills 100 rebels in DR Congo

Uganda People’s Defence Forces kills 100 rebels in DR Congo

The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) and the Congolese Army (FARC) have killed over 100 Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) combatants in eight camps that were recently struck by joint airstrikes, local media reports. According to Brigadier Richard Karemire, UPDF spokesperson, the operation dubbed ‘TUUGO’ which started on Friday December 22, has so far been a […]

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DRC: Attackers torch President Kabila’s property in North Kivu

A house belonging to President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo has been attacked and set ablaze by unknown men, U.N. sponsored radio, Okapi reported. According to the radio, the main house on the farm, located near the village of Musienene in North Kivu province in the east of the country, was gutted […]

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IMF says more work needed before Congo’s debt-plagued economy bailout

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has concluded its negotiation mission in Congo without reaching an agreement on an assistance package, the Washington-based international lender said in a statement. The IMF said it was encouraged by Congo’s draft 2018 budget and the progress made in formulating medium-term macroeconomic and structural policies it could support, but more […]

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