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DR Congo Mass Grave Still a Mystery After Two Years

DR Congo Mass Grave Still a Mystery After Two Years

On the night of March 18-19, 2015, security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo secretly dug a mass grave on the edge of a cemetery near the capital, Kinshasa, and dumped several hundred bodies inside. The next day, local residents of the municipality, Maluku, reported the stench of dead bodies and the soldiers and […]

Opposition Politician Katumbi Urges Regional Action On DR Congo’s Stalled Political Deal

Opposition Politician Katumbi Urges Regional Action On DR Congo’s Stalled Political Deal

Exiled Congolese opposition politician Moïse Katumbi wants regional leaders to put pressure on President Joseph Kabila to implement the country’s political agreement, he told RFI in an interview. Katumbi says he wants to travel back to the Democratic Republic of Congo as soon as possible and accompany the body of deceased veteran opposition leader Étienne […]

DR Congo Opposition in Disarray

DR Congo Opposition in Disarray

Following the death of its leader, DR Congo’s main opposition alliance could disintegrate before an interim administration is formed. This would play into the hands of President Joseph Kabila. The Congolese opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi continues to spark debate even after his death. The remains of the politician, who died in Belgium at the beginning […]

Congo opposition leader’s son Felix Tshisekedi takes over

Congo opposition leader’s son Felix Tshisekedi takes over

The son of Etienne Tshisekedi, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s late opposition leader, has been chosen as his father’s successor. Felix Tshisekedi, 53, will now lead the opposition coalition in crucial negotiations over the departure of President Joseph Kabila from office. Under a deal agreed last year, new elections would be held by the end […]

Democratic Republic of Congo Govt Orders Probe Into Massacre Videos

Democratic Republic of Congo Govt Orders Probe Into Massacre Videos

The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has launched an investigation into possible abuses by security forces in the Kasai region. Conflict has been intensifying in that part of the country in the past six months but a video posted online late last week drew international attention. The undated video appears to show Congolese […]

Tanzania’s VP Samia Suluhu Hassan Calls for Ironing Out of Nile Water Differences

Tanzania’s VP Samia Suluhu Hassan Calls for Ironing Out of Nile Water Differences

Nile River Basin Initiative member states have been advised to work together in attaining Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number six on water security and sanitation, by ironing out any likely differences in the use of water resources. The world’s longest river, Nile River flows 6,700 kilometers through ten countries in Northeastern Africa namely Tanzania, Rwanda, […]

Donald Trump Is Right On Congo’s Minerals, but for All the Wrong Reasons

Donald Trump Is Right On Congo’s Minerals, but for All the Wrong Reasons

A few weeks ago a British newspaper leaked the draft of an executive order proposing the suspension of a US law that imposes tight controls over the trade in Congolese gold, tin, coltan and tungsten. Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act requires US companies to carry out due diligence to ensure their products […]

Budget Minister Casts Doubt on DR Congo 2017 Elections

Budget Minister Casts Doubt on DR Congo 2017 Elections

The budget minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo has cast doubt on whether the country will be able to finance elections this year. His statement has sparked concern as delaying the polls last year led to violent unrest. DRC Budget Minister Pierre Kangudia gave reporters the news Wednesday. He said it will not be […]

United States Demands Independent Probe of Alleged Civilian Massacre in DRC

United States Demands Independent Probe of Alleged Civilian Massacre in DRC

The Democratic Republic of Congo is brushing off demands for an independent investigation into the alleged executions of unarmed civilians by DRC troops in the Kasai region. Video emerged on social media over the last several days appearing to show soldiers shooting men and women as they lay on the ground. One of the videos […]

Cycle of Terror Condemns Millions in DR Congo

Cycle of Terror Condemns Millions in DR Congo

THE multiplication of violence and hunger has affected more than 6,7 million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo with fears more will be affected this year following a deadlock by political rivals. Among these are 2 million displaced by militancy, including 500 000 children under five years of age suffering from acute malnutrition. Hundreds […]

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