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Congo’s Bemba Should Be Declared Ineligible For Dec Election – Ruling Coalition

Congo’s Bemba Should Be Declared Ineligible For Dec Election – Ruling Coalition

Congolese opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba should be declared ineligible to stand in a presidential election in December because of a witness tampering conviction at The Hague, President Joseph Kabila’s ruling coalition said on Friday. The constitutional court decides who can contest the election and the coalition has no formal role but its view is likely […]

Congo Contenders: The Key Figures Expected to Run for President

Congo Contenders: The Key Figures Expected to Run for President

Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila evoked former dictator Mobutu Sese Seko when he addressed lawmakers anxious to hear whether he’ll run for president again. “I know why there is some tension in the room,” he told the packed chambers of parliament in the capital, Kinshasa, on July 20. “It’s because there are those […]

Congo’s Kabila Says Election On Track But Stays Mum On Own Future

Congo’s Kabila Says Election On Track But Stays Mum On Own Future

Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila said in a speech on Thursday that a presidential election in December would go ahead as planned, but he declined to say whether he would defy term limits to stand for re-election.   Kabila is barred by the constitution from seeking a third term in the election but […]

Congo Mining Code Regulations Signed Into Law – Aides

Congo Mining Code Regulations Signed Into Law – Aides

Regulations to implement Congo’s new mining code have been signed into law with no changes, advisers to the prime minister told Reuters on Saturday, despite objections from mining firms that have been threatening legal action. Prime Minister Bruno Tshibala signed the regulations into law overnight, his adviser Patrick Mutombo Buzangu told Reuters by telephone, but […]

USAID Commits Additional U.S.$7 Million To Combat Ebola

USAID Commits Additional U.S.$7 Million To Combat Ebola

Today, the United States announced that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is contributing up to $7 million at this stage to combat the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at this stage.   This additional funding, combined with the $1 million USAID committed last week, will provide a total of […]

Democratic Republic of Congo Confirms Two Ebola Cases, 10 More Cases Suspected

Democratic Republic of Congo Confirms Two Ebola Cases, 10 More Cases Suspected

Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed two cases of Ebola in the northwestern town of Bikoro and at least 10 more cases are suspected, the head of the national institute for biological research, Jean Jack Muyembe, said on Tuesday. A source at the ministry of health also said two cases had been confirmed and added […]

DP World Wins 30-year Congo Port Concession

DP World Wins 30-year Congo Port Concession

DP World said it had won a 30-year management and development concession for a greenfield, multi-purpose port in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The Dubai-owned port operator will set up joint venture with the Central African country’s government to manage and invest in the Atlantic Coast’s Port of Banana, it said in a […]

Pregnant Mothers Dying In DRC Ethnic Conflicts

Pregnant Mothers Dying In DRC Ethnic Conflicts

 PREGNANT women in regions torn apart by ethnic clashes are dying during delivery as conflicts make hospitals inaccessible. At least three women have died in Kabeké in the southeastern Tanganyika Province. The region is affected by long-running conflicts between the Twa and Bantu communities. About 3 000 people live in this locality. As conflicts and […]

Congo Elections Won’t Be Held Before April 2019

Congo Elections Won’t Be Held Before April 2019

Elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo that were due last year won’t be held before April 2019, the electoral commission said, a delay that undermines a pact President Joseph Kabila’s supporters made with his political opponents for him to step down this year. The commission said in a statement that it will need 504 […]

DRC Launches Principles For Global Action To Tackle Stigma Associated with Sexual Violence With UN, UK Partners

DRC Launches Principles For Global Action To Tackle Stigma Associated with Sexual Violence With UN, UK Partners

The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Personal Representative on Sexual Violence and Child Recruitment, Madam Jeanine Mabunda, launched the Principles for Global Action to tackle the stigma of sexual violence in conflict at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York, at a program organized by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict […]

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