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Two UN experts kidnapped in DRC’s Kasaï region

Gunmen have kidnapped two United Nations officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kasai Central province, officials said. Michael Sharp, a U.S. citizen, and Zaida Catalan, of Swedish nationality, had “fallen into the hands of negative forces not yet identified,” along with four Congolese they were with, the government said in a statement. Sharp and […]

DRC: Felix Tshisekedi named successor to his father

Democratic Republic of Congo’s largest opposition party on Wednesday, named late Etienne Tshisekedi’s son as a successor to his father who died in Brussels last month. According to Reuters, Felix Tshisekedi was chosen to lead the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS), but some within the opposition rejected the choice. Etienne Tshisekedi who had […]

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DRC: Pope Prays for Victims of Violence, Calls for Quick Accord

Pope Francis on Sunday urged leaders of the Democratic Republic of Congo to act quickly to resolve the political crisis and curb violence in the Central African mineral-rich nation. During the Angelus prayer, the sovereign pontiff condemned the clashes in the opposing camps, which have been going on in the South and Kasai Central region […]

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DRC cannot afford $1.8bn Election in 2017 – Gov’t

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s Minister of State in charge of Budget, Pierre Kangudia Mbayi on Wednesday said the country cannot afford the cost of elections in 2017. According to Mbayi, the central African nation needs $1.8bn to organize the polls.  “It will be difficult to think that we can mobilize $1.8 billion this year. […]

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DRC to Produce 1.5 Million Tons of Copper in 2018

The Democratic Republic of Congo will mine about 1.5 million tons of copper in 2018, the industry-led Chamber’s vice-president said on Wednesday. Simon Tuma-Waku, who was speaking on the sideline of African Mining Indaba conference in Cape Town, said the expected 2018 resumption of Glencore’s Katanga Mining project, which has been suspended since September 2015, […]

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Burundian Rebels Detained in DRC Face Extradition

About 150 suspected Burundian rebels, who have been detained in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), face imminent extradition, according to reports. Accused of attempting to carry out armed actions in Burundi, the suspected rebels, currently detained in Uvira, Bukavu and the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, are now facing extradition. They were captured near the two […]

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DRC’s Historic Opponent Seeks Medical Treatment in Belgium

Congolese opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi headed Tuesday to Belgium for medical treatment, his party said in a statement. The historic opponent, who left Congo in August 2014 for unspecified medical treatment in Brussels, has been visibly frail in public appearances over the last two years and was seen leaning on his son as he slowly […]

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DRC: Exiled Katumbi Announces Candidacy for 2017

Congolese opposition leader, Moise Katumbi, on Tuesday declared his candidacy for the country’s presidential election agreed to be held in 2017. The football magnate, who is currently in exile in Belgium, has not been on Congolese soil since May 20 when he flew to Johannesburg to seek medical treatment. The exiled politician declared his intention […]

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UN Welcomes Inclusive Political Agreement in DRC

United Nations Secretariat General has welcomed the signing by the opposition and the presidential majority of a political agreement on the holding of elections in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and transitional arrangements leading up to the polls. After bitter and long negotiations, the comprehensive and inclusive political peace agreement of the DR Congo has […]

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Kinshasa Jails 15 “bye-bye Kabila” Protesters, Acquits 34

A court in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Wednesday sentenced 15 anti-government protesters who were arrested during protests against President Joseph Kabila’s continued stay in power. The court in Lubumbashi sentenced the convicts to three years in prison on charges of ‘rebellion’ and acquitted thirty-four others. According to one of the defense lawyers […]

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