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Four traffickers arrested in Zimbabwe in possession of thirty-two chimpanzee specimens from southeastern DRC

Thirty-two live chimpanzee specimens from southeastern DRC were seized in Zimbabwe on Tuesday. They were headed to South Africa. According to the Congolese Environment Ministry, four traffickers, three Congolese and one Malawian, are under arrest in Zimbabwe. For the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature, ICCN, this trade in protected animals is a threat […]

DRC: Belgian justice ordered to return Patrice Lumumba’s tooth to his family

The Belgian justice system has responded favorably to a request from the family of Patrice Lumumba to return a tooth of the Congolese leader assassinated in January 1961 in Congo, the Belgian Federal Prosecutor’s Office told AFP on Thursday. This tooth had been seized in the family of a Belgian policeman who had contributed to […]

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DRC: Death threats over Nobel Peace Prize winner Denis Mukwege

President Felix Tshisekedi is concerned about the safety of Nobel Peace Prize winner Denis Mukwege. During the Council of Ministers, the head of state instructed the government to ensure his safety and to open an investigation into death threats against the doctor who “repairs” women. The Congolese Nobel Peace Prize winner is being intimidated. Denis […]

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Thousands protest in DRC over electoral commission appointee

About thousand people demonstrated in Kinshasa on Sunday 19 June, at the call of the Lay Coordinating Committee (CLC). This organization, affiliated to the Catholic Church, had continued to reject the candidacy of Ronsard Malonda as the future president of the Independent National Electoral Commission (Céni). It also demands reforms to learn from the electoral […]

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Switzerland opens criminal investigation against Glencore for corruption in the DRC

It was the Anglo-Swiss trading, brokerage and materials extraction company that made the information public last Friday, after the stock exchange closed. Specializing in commodities trading, the group says it is willing to cooperate in the investigation. “It’s a stage victory” for the Swiss NGO Public Eye. In December 2017, it had filed a criminal […]

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DR Congo: New outbreak of Ebola declared in northwest

A new outbreak of Ebola fever was declared in DR Congo, with new cases confirmed in the town of Mbandaka, at a time the is struggling with coronavirus, with more than 3,000 confirmed cases. Congolese health authorities identified six people in the city of Mbandaka, in Équateur province, five of whom have died. They were […]

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Four journalists judged in appeal in Burundi

The trial on appeal of the four Iwacu(one of the last independent media in Burundi) journalists arrested on 22 October 2019 in Boubanza province, northwestern Burundi, while covering a surprise incursion by a group of Burundian rebels from the Democratic Republic of Congo, took place on 6 May. For more than two hours, the lawyers […]

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Corruption: DR Congo president’s chief of staff arrested

The chief of staff to the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo was arrested on Wednesday in the capital, Kinshasa, after hours of questioning into the alleged misappropriation of funds. According to local media, Vital Kamerhe was arrested over his role following allegations of corruption in infrastructure projects that fell under his remit during […]

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DRC spy chief Delphin Kahimbi died by hanging – President

An inquiry into the death of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s spy chief has found that he died by hanging.   At a weekly cabinet meeting on Friday, Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi said the United Nations peacekeeping force had asked him to conduct an independent investigation into Delphin Kahimbi’s death. Delphin Kahimbi was found dead […]

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Ebola vaccine approved in 4 African countries

Four African countries – the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Ghana and Zambia – have licensed an Ebola vaccine that can now be distributed. “The approval of the Ebola vaccine by these countries is another milestone in the fight against this unforgiving disease,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “Africa has rallied to cement […]

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