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DR Congo’s PM to sign new mining code despite miners’ opposition

Democratic Republic of Congo Prime Minister will sign into law this Friday regulations to immediately implement a new mining code that will replace the previous 2002 law. Mines Minister Martin Kabwelulu said the regulations would first be adopted at a cabinet meeting on Friday and then signed by Prime Minister Bruno Tshibala in the evening, […]

Ebola outbreak confirmed in DRC

Ebola outbreak has killed at least 17 people in northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the war-stricken nations’ ministry of health said in a statement. According to the ministry of health, two cases of the virus have been confirmed by laboratory tests after 21 patients displayed signs of hemorrhagic fever in Ikoko Impenge, near the […]

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DRC: Botswana’s new leader urges Kabila not to run for election again

Botswana’s new leader has urged DRC President Joseph Kabila not to stand for re-election in the presidential poll expected this year. The election – now scheduled for Dec. 23 – has been repeatedly delayed. In February, the government of Botswana issued a statement openly blaming the president for Democratic Republic of Congo’s deteriorating humanitarian and […]

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DRC’s self-exiled opposition leader to return home in June

Exiled Congolese opposition leader Moise Katumbi on Monday said he will return to the Democratic Republic of Congo by June to lodge his candidacy for a presidential election in the mineral-rich nation. Moise Katumbi, a former governor of the diamond-rich Katanga region, was charged in 2016 with hiring mercenaries as part of an alleged plot […]

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DR Congo: M23 Fighters helped Kabila to crush protesters – HRW

Human Rights Watch in a report released on Monday said senior security force officers in the Democratic Republic of Congo mobilized over 200 former M23 rebel fighters from neighboring Uganda and Rwanda to quash protests against President Joseph Kabila at the end of his constitutionally mandated term limit in December 2016. The 69-page report titled […]

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No presidential polls in DR Congo until mid-2019

There will not be elections to choose the next president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) until 2019, the electoral commission said. Elections were due after President Kabila’s mandate expired in December 2016, but the polls did not take place because of the unavailability of a voters’ register and insecurity in parts of the […]

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DRC: exiled opposition leader, Katumbi backs anti-Kabila protests

Self-exiled opposition leader of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Moise Katumbi last weekend backed calls for protests, inviting Congolese to hit the streets against incumbent President Joseph Kabila. Civil Society movement Lucha called for protests on Monday, July 31, against the continued stay in power of Kabila who’s constitutionally mandated second term ended last year. […]

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DRC’s Kasai: Security forces, militia killed over 3,000 people

Army forces and a militia in the Democratic Republic of Congo have killed at least 3,383 people in the central Kasai region since October, the Catholic Church said on Tuesday. According to the Catholic Church, the army had also destroyed 10 villages as it sought to stamp out an insurrection. The deaths are the result […]

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Zambia: Sugar production increases by 47%

Zambia Sugar, a unit of Associated British Foods, on Thursday said its refined sugar production has increased by 47% to 65,000 tons in the year that ended March 31, driven up by increased refining capacity. According to the managing Director of Zambia Sugar, Rebecca Katow, despite the increment of the production, total sugar production fell […]

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French hostage freed in DRC

Armed attackers freed a French national and three Congolese kidnapped in March during an attack on a gold mine in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the Interior Ministry said in statement. “The president of the (French) republic welcomes the news of the liberation of our compatriot kidnapped on March 1 in the east of Democratic […]

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