DRC: Katumbi turned away at border but vows to press on

DRC: Katumbi turned away at border but vows to press on

Congolese politician Moïse Katumbi was still in neighboring Zambia on Saturday, after hopes for a jubilant welcome at the border turned to dismay when the Democratic Republic of Congo refused to let him enter. The government said Friday that his plane from South Africa could not arrive at the Lubumbashi…

DRC: Katumbi blocked from returning, Bemba harassed in Kinshasa

The plans for exiled politician Moïse Katumbi to return to the Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday are in question, after local authorities said his plane from South Africa cannot arrive at the Lubumbashi airport without necessary approval of aviation authorities. Katumbi’s “Together for Change” coalition party announced on Monday…

New Ebola outbreak claims at least 20 lives in eastern DR Congo

A new Ebola outbreak in the Beni region of Democratic Republic of Congo has claimed at least 20 lives so far, according to the country’s Ministry of Health. Twelve experts from the ministry, based in Kinshasa, arrived in the Mangina and Mabalako communities on Thursday, with doctors, laboratory technicians, epidemiologists…

Kabila challenger Katumbi to arrive in Lubumbashi on Friday

With the announcement that exiled politician Moïse Katumbi will return to the Democratic Republic of Congo to challenge President Joseph Kabila for office, comes a request for his security once he arrives. Katumbi’s “Together for Change” coalition party announced on Monday that their candidate will arrive on Friday at the…

DRC: Katumbi vows to return to Kinshasa within weeks

Congolese presidential candidate Moïse Katumbi said Monday that he will return to Kinshasa between July 24 and August 8, delaying a return he initially envisioned for June. Katumbi, the long-exiled “Together for Change” coalition candidate challenging Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila, made the announcement on social media during…

Tedros visits C.A.R. after DRC Ebola assessment

Tedros Adhanom, the World Health Organization Director General, returned to visit the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday to check on the progress of Ebola treatment and containment. He then visited Central African Republic, one of nine neighboring countries taking preparedness measures. “We have made great progress in the fight…

Kabila coalition launch overshadowed by Mbuyi shooting accusation

In Democratic Republic of Congo, the launch of a new political coalition with President Joseph Kabila at the helm was overshadowed Thursday by the allegation that Kabila himself ordered the attempted assassination of Judge Jacques Mbuyi last year. Mbuyi, a justice known for his impartiality and commitment to an independent…

DR Congo says 700 have received Ebola vaccine

Health officials in Democratic Republic of Congo say almost 700 people have received an experimental Ebola vaccine in the past 10 days as medical teams work to contain the outbreak in the country’s northwest. Dr. Oly Ilunga, the country’s health minister, said Thursday that about 500 of them are in…

Kabila’s Latest Gambit: Stacking the DRC’s Constitutional Court

While health workers race to protect his people, almost 8 million of which are already on the verge of starvation, from a new outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, Congolese leader Joseph Kabila is—as usual—looking after his own interests. A year and a half after the official end of his…

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.