DRC says Kabila foe Katumbi is not a citizen, but will he return?

DRC says Kabila foe Katumbi is not a citizen, but will he return?

There’s been much speculation on when and how Moïse Katumbi, the exiled Congolese political leader who announced a presidential run in March, will return to the country. Katumbi, the candidate of the “Together for Change” coalition challenging Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila, has said he will return home…

In the DRC, Moïse Katumbi ups the pressure

In the DRC, Moïse Katumbi ups the pressure

Congolese businessman Moïse Katumbi cemented his place as the fiercest opponent to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Joseph Kabila this month, after being elected by dozens of opposition leaders to represent them in this year’s expected presidential elections. Two days later, Katumbi announced the launch of his opposition party…

I am a London-based researcher specialized in security issues and environmental protection. He is currently writing a book about the role lobbying plays in keeping African leaders in power.

DRC: Katumbi announces long-awaited challenge to Kabila presidency

Congolese politician Moïse Katumbi announced on Monday the creation of “Ensemble pour le Changement,” a new electoral movement he vows will “end the dictatorship” of President Joseph Kabila in the Democratic Republic of Congo and pave the way for victory in December 2018 elections. The exiled Katumbi will challenge Kabila for the…

US sanctions in the DRC are a thin smokescreen

Another businessman outed by the Paradise Papers has been sanctioned by the US government: Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler has been accused of handling hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of corrupt mining and oil deals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and President Trump has responded by declaring a…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

UN group to Kabila: Publish a DR Congo electoral calendar

President Joseph Kabila, whose term as president of Democratic Republic of Congo expired last December, shows no signs of moving toward the delayed presidential elections he has refused to hold. He has shrugged off any commitment to a December 31 power-sharing deal with the country’s Rassemblement political opposition coalition, one…

DRC: Joseph Kabila’s desperate lobbying attempts laid bare

It is quite an audacious undertaking to compare a brutally despotic dictator against an exiled man who was forced to flee his home country to protect his life, and have the dictator come out on top. Alas, that is exactly what a recent sponsored hit piece in the Washington Times…

Michael Wilcox

I am a London-based researcher specialized in security issues and environmental protection. He is currently writing a book about the role lobbying plays in keeping African leaders in power.

The chilling effects of the Congolese press crackdown

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to stop harassing and detaining journalists after at least 18 reporters were arrested while attempting to cover anti-government protests at the end of last month. Demonstrators across the country had gathered…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

Joseph Kabila: The Dictator in His Labyrinth

Trying to stave off what could be Africa’s next civil war, the United States and the European Union have hit several high-ranking officials in President Joseph Kabila’s government with sanctions for their alleged role in human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The officials are close associates of…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

Joseph Kabila Stalls Elections He Can’t Win

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), outgoing president Joseph Kabila has set off a political crisis by refusing to hold elections that would choose his successor. Last month, teargas filled the air in Kinshasa as young men took to the streets to demand Kabila leave office in December, when…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.