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ICC sentences Jean-Pierre Bemba for witness tampering

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has finally sentenced DRC’s former vice president, Jean-Pierre Bemba to a €300,000 fine and a 12-month sentence for witness tampering. The former warlord’s sentence was, however, reduced to zero due to time served. The Hague-Based court acquitted 55-year-old businessman-turned-rebel leader Bemba on appeal for war crimes and crimes against humanity […]

DRC: As children in Ebola-affected areas head back to school, UNICEF ramps up support

As the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) gears up for the upcoming academic year – with some 250 schools in Ebola-affected health zones – the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is scaling up education; health and water; sanitation; and hygiene programs to assist children and their teachers. “Education is…essential for children to develop […]

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DR Congo: Ebola outbreak spreads to eastern ‘no-go’ zone surrounded by rebels

Rebel violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is escalating inside the vast country’s Ebola-hit North Kivu province, putting millions at risk, the United Nations refugee agency warned on Friday. “Thousands of civilians have fled their burned-out villages, bringing reports of brutal attacks,” Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High […]

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DRC’s Kabila will not run in December elections

Joseph Kabila will not be a candidate in December elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, government spokesman Lambert Mende told reporters in the capital, Kinshasa, on Wednesday. According to Mende, the 47-year-old president, in power since 2001, has appointed Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary as his successor. Shadary, 57, is the permanent secretary of Kabila’s […]

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AU calls for transparent elections in DRC

The African Union has called on the Democratic Republic of Congo to ensure peaceful, transparent and truly inclusive elections. The central Africa mineral-rich nation is due to hold long delayed presidential elections in December this year. The deadline for submission of presidential candidacy papers expires today, August 8, 2018. The Chairperson of the Commission Moussa […]

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Exiled DRC tycoon to try entry via Zambia to contest key election

Exiled opposition leader and multimillionaire Moise Katumbi will not attempt to land in DR. Congo after his private jet has been barred from landing on Friday in Lubumbashi, capital of Katanga Province. The political heavyweight will instead try to enter via Zambia, his party said Friday. The 53-year-old former governor of the mineral-rich province has […]

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Jean-Pierre Bemba back in DRC politics, set to contest for presidency

The former warlord and vice president of DR. Congo Jean-Pierre Bemba, who was acquitted last month of war crimes, will return to the Central African nation next week to submit his candidacy for president, a party official told Reuters. Earlier this month, the DRC said Bemba could apply for a diplomatic passport to return home […]

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Congo election remains on track, says Kabila

President Joseph Kabila of Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday said a presidential election in December would go ahead as planned but he declined to say whether or not he intends to enter the race. Congo, which is nearly the same size as Western Europe, is in the grip of a crisis over whether Kabila […]

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Kabila postpones UN chief’s request to visit DRC ahead of elections

President of Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila has postponed a planned visit this week by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and African Union Commission chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat, Congolese government spokesman Lambert Mende said. President Kabila has also refused to meet the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley who also planned to […]

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DRC to liberalize 90% of African imports by 2020

Democratic Republic of Congo’s chief negotiator for the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), Floribert Kwete Mikobi, said that DRC will liberalize 90% of imports of goods and other services from other African countries by the year 2020. According to him, the mineral-rich nation will ratify the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement and liberalize […]

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