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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 […]

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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Ugandan general arrested over police spokesman’s killing

Former Ugandan police chief, General Kale Kayihura has been arrested for questioning, the military spokesperson has confirmed. General Kale Kayihura was taken into custody on Wednesday morning the military said. According to army spokesman Brig Richard Karemire, General Kayihura, still a serving soldier of Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces was asked to report to the military […]

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ICC orders release of Congo “warlord” Jean-Pierre Bemba

Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) ordered the release of former DRC vice-president, who was acquitted last week of war crimes. The Hague-based court has ordered the interim release, “under specific conditions”. He will be released as soon as the court’s Registry makes the necessary arrangements. Upon release, Bemba is expected to leave the […]

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DRC: 49 dead following shipwreck in the Northwest

At least 49 people are feared drowned while about the same number survived after an overcrowded whaleboat sank in the River Congo, a local official told a Congolese radio station. According to Richard Mboyo Iluka, vice governor of Tshuapa Province, in northern Congo, the whaleboat had sunk late on Wednesday. The number of victims can […]

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