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Fear of Violence in DR Congo as Court Extends President Kabila Term

Fear of Violence in DR Congo as Court Extends President Kabila Term

Nineteen years ago today, on 17 May 1997, Laurent Désiré Kabila overthrew Mobutu Sese Seko, the president of what was then Zaire. Although he was supported by a regional coalition that had the tacit backing of key Western countries, the ousting of Mobutu was haphazard at best, Kabila himself a relative unknown with no experience […]

Team of Oil Traders combine network of industry contacts so as to offer help to multinational companies in Africa

Team of Oil Traders combine network of industry contacts so as to offer help to multinational companies in Africa

´The firm combines a vast network of industry contacts with extensive African oil & gas industry experience to offer an unparalleled service to NOCs and multinational companies operating on the continent. DMWA Resources will target plays and partnerships across West and Central Africa. An oil & gas advisory, E&P and trading firm that aligns its […]

Music Legend Papa Wemba Laid to Rest

Music Legend Papa Wemba Laid to Rest

Congolese rumba maestero Papa Wemba was buried this past Wednesday in Kinshasa, DR Congo, in a celebration of a life that touched many music lovers around the world. Papa Wemba was laid to rest at the Necropolis Cemetery in Kinshasa. Earlier, there was a requiem mass at the St Mary’s Catholic Church. Among the mourners […]

King of Congolese Rumba, Papa Wemba dies after collapsing on stage

King of Congolese Rumba, Papa Wemba dies after collapsing on stage

Papa Wemba, a musician known around the world as the king of Congolese rumba, has died following a collapse on stage during a concert, officials said. He was 66. Culture Minister Baudouin Banza Mukalay confirmed the musician’s death Sunday, calling it a “great loss for the country and all of Africa.” Footage from the concert […]

Yellow Fever Outbreak Spreads to DRC

Yellow Fever Outbreak Spreads to DRC

The World Health Organization said Monday at least 21 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo have died from yellow fever connected to an outbreak in neighboring Angola. The WHO said that as of March 22 there were at least 151 suspected cases in the DRC. It warned that with the high number of people […]

Fight Breaks Out in Congo Capital Between Police and Unknown Gunmen

Fight Breaks Out in Congo Capital Between Police and Unknown Gunmen

Police have exchanged fire with suspected militiamen in Brazzaville. The fighting is the first bout of intense violence since President Denis Sassou Nguesso’s controversial re-election last month. Chaos erupted on the streets of the Republic of Congo’s capital on Monday, as police fought with unknown gunmen and young activists set fire to a couple of […]

Former Congolese VP Bemba Guilty of War Crimes

Former Congolese VP Bemba Guilty of War Crimes

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has found Bemba guilty of committing atrocities against civilians in the Central African Republic. Bemba’s troops raped, murdered and pillaged villages in the neighboring country. Judges at the ICC found Bemba guilty on all five counts of war crimes against humanity. Presiding judge Sylvia Steiner said the former leader was […]

Congo in Media Blackout for Presidential Elections

Congo in Media Blackout for Presidential Elections

Congo is holding its elections under a media blackout and the tense vote is expected to see President Denis Sassou Nguesso prolong his 32-year rule over the oil-rich but poor nation. Interior Minister Raymond Mboulou wrote to telecommunication companies urging them to shut off telephone, internet and SMS services for 48 hours for “reasons of […]

Congo’s Koffi Olomide Thrills Fans in Kenya

Congo’s Koffi Olomide Thrills Fans in Kenya

Koffi Olomide first began his career as a guitarist, but then joined Papa Wemba’s Viva la Musica as a backing vocalist. How things change. If Sunday’s sold-out crowd at Koroga Festival is anything to go by, the Congolese soukous singer, producer, and composer is just getting started! Ten years on from his last performance in […]

Election Campaigning Underway in Congo Brazzaville As Opposition Calls for Delay

Election Campaigning Underway in Congo Brazzaville As Opposition Calls for Delay

Campaigning for presidential elections in the Republic of Congo officially got underway on Friday, although the opposition have criticised the choice of date since it coincides with deadly explosions in Brazzaville four years ago. President Denis Sassou Nguesso is vying for a third term in office after a controversial modification to the country’s constitution. The […]

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