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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 […]

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: 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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DRC’s Joseph Kabila must step down – Botswana government

Botswana government on Monday criticized President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila for his country’s humanitarian and security crisis. In a statement published on Monday, Botswana’s Ministry of International Affairs said the continent continues to witness a worsening humanitarian situation in the DRC mainly because its leader (Kabila) has persistently delayed holding elections, […]

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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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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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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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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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Two UN Peacekeepers killed in DRC

Two United Nations peacekeepers have been killed and several injured in an attack on their base in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a UN spokesperson announced. “The injured peacekeepers have been evacuated to Goma for medical assistance,” said spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric at the regular news briefing at UN Headquarters, in New York, […]

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