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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 […]

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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DRC: Over 500 people killed by cholera epidemic – WHO

A cholera outbreak has killed about 528 people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday, citing DRC government sources. According to the UN’s health outlet, the outbreak has now affected 20 of the 26 provinces in the country. “The risk of spread remains very high toward […]

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SADC to send a special envoy to DRC

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) will be sending a former head of state to the Democratic Republic of Congo as a special envoy amidst political manoeuvers and a deteriorating economic situation in the Central African nation, the regional bloc said. Congolese President Joseph Kabila has not yet confirmed or denied whether he will run […]

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DRC: US, Sweden call for new probe into murders of UN experts

The US ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday called for a “full investigation” into the death of two UN experts killed in March in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Michael Sharp of the United States and Zaida Catalan, a dual national of Sweden and Chile, disappeared on March 12 and their bodies were discovered […]

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DR Congo orders internet slowdown for social media

Officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo have ordered telecom companies to slowdown internet capacity for social media contents such as images and videos. “In order to prevent the exchange of abusive images via social media by your subscribers, I ask you to … take technical measures to restrict to a minimum the capacity to […]

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