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…

DRC: Ebola cases rise as Tedros visits Bikoro

Tedros Adhanom, the World Health Organization Director General, was in Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday to personally evaluate the response to the country’s new Ebola outbreak. Tedros met with President Joseph Kabila, Minister of Health Oly Ilunga and other officials before heading out into the field to meet with…

WHO declares new Ebola outbreak in DR Congo

A new outbreak of Ebola virus disease was declared Tuesday in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where government officials confirmed two cases in the lakeside town of Bikoro in the country’s northwest. The World Health Organization said it was working closely with the DR Congo’s Ministry of Health, after…

ICC prosecutor Bensouda launches probe in DR Congo

Fatou Bensouda, chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) based in The Hague, is in Democratic Republic of Congo to begin an investigation into possible crimes against humanity reflected in the nation’s ongoing political and ethnic violence. She’s meeting with Marie-Ange Mushobekwa, the Minister for Human Rights, and other…

DRC: Commission to finalize plans for Etienne Tshisekedi burial

Congolese sources say there’s a new deal to complete the burial arrangements for longtime political opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, who died in February 2017 in Brussels but 14 months later still has never had his remains repatriated to Democratic Republic of Congo. The Tshisekedi family, along with the Union for Democracy…

With new Kinshasa office, SADC hopes to promote DR Congo stability

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has opened an office in Democratic Republic of Congo it says will establish a greater presence for the regional body amid Kinshasa’s national political crisis. The SADC office “provides an avenue for closer collaboration with stakeholders in the DRC, in the continued efforts by…

DRC: Six rangers ambushed at Virunga National Park

Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo announced Monday the deaths of five park rangers and a staff driver killed during an ambush in the park’s central sector. “A sixth ranger was also wounded,” the park said in its statement, adding that additional information will be released as…

DRC: New arrests in the killing of UN experts Catalan, Sharp

Congolese officials say two people arrested at the weekend are leaders responsible for the high-profile deaths of United Nations experts in the volatile Kasais a year ago – including a man who appears in the video recording of their murders. Vincent Manga, leader of the militia group Kamuina Nsapu, and…

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…

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.