Kabila government dismisses CENCO opinion on PM selection process

Kabila government dismisses CENCO opinion on PM selection process

A spokesman for Democratic Republic of Congo has dismissed the importance of a National Episcopal Conference of the Congo (CENCO) bishops’ statement on Friday that said the appointment of Bruno Tshibala as prime minister was a breach of the December 31 political agreement CENCO mediated. Spokesman Lambert Mende told Congolese…

Angola sees influx of Congolese fleeing Kasai violence

More than 4,000 Congolese have crossed the border into Angola since Wednesday, seeking refuge from the fighting between Kamuina Nsapu rebels and government forces in the southern Kasai region of Democratic Republic of Congo. That’s according to figures provided on Saturday by the DR Congo consulate in Moshico, cited by…

UN envoy appeals for an end to Cameroon political crisis

UN envoy François Louncény Fall has called on the government of Cameroon and Anglophone community leaders to work together in finding a lasting solution to the country’s political crisis. Fall, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa, was in Yaoundé this week for a series of meetings. They…

South African parliament to postpone Zuma no-confidence vote

South Africa’s parliament will postpone a no-confidence vote on President Jacob Zuma’s government after all, the Speaker of the National Assembly announced on Wednesday. The debate and vote were scheduled for April 18 at the request of the Democratic Alliance opposition party and its leadership, in the latest round of…

Zambia: Opposition party leaders uneasy as Hichilema heads to court

Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, where he is expected to face treason charges after being accused of blocking a presidential motorcade, according to legal counsel. Hichilema, a prominent businessman and leader in the United Party for National Development (UPND), was arrested Monday night during…

DRC: Kabila appoints Tshibala as new prime minister

The Democratic Republic of Congo has announced that opposition political leader Bruno Tshibala will serve as new prime minister. President Joseph Kabila appointed Tshibala on Friday, following his public promise two days earlier to choose a prime minister within 48 hours. Tshibala replaces Samy Badibanga, who resigned on Thursday. Tshibala…

Is Kenya’s major opposition on the verge of split?

As Kenya prepares to hold its general elections on August 8, political temperatures and tensions are on the rise in the country, something that is common and normal during political campaigns in East Africa. Political parties and coalitions are not taking any chances as they prepare for a political showdown…

Jackson Okata

Jackson Okata is a Kenyan based freelance journalist

DRC: International response to CENCO withdrawal, violence

Concerned about the apparent failure of the CENCO-mediated political agreement in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the United States has urged both Congolese government officials and the Rassemblement opposition coalition to redouble their efforts to overcome their disagreements. “The United States is disappointed by lack of progress in implementation of…