DRC: Tshisekedi visits grieving families after plane, bodies found

DRC: Tshisekedi visits grieving families after plane, bodies found

President Felix Tshisekedi visited families of some of the victims of last week’s plane crash in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, after authorities confirmed Tuesday that they found the wreckage of the missing Antonov AN-72 in Sankuru province. Abraham Luakabuanga, a spokesman for the presidency, said the plane was found…

UN chief ends DR Congo trip with assurances on security front

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres completed a three-day visit to Democratic Republic of Congo with expressions of confidence in the newly formed government and optimism that President Felix Tshisekedi and the country will meet their significant challenges. The Congolese will see “a government that wants to transform the country,…

Tshisekedi OK’s military crackdown on illegal miners in DRC

The Democratic Republic of Congo will begin forcibly removing some 10,000 artisanal miners from the Glencore mines where nearly four dozen people died last week, according to Bloomberg. A military commander said President Felix Tshisekedi has ordered the removal to “put an end to the theft of minerals in the…

DRC: Urban fire destroys homes, displaces hundreds in Bukavu

A house fire that swept through a densely populated neighborhood in the city of Bukavu in Democratic Republic of Congo late Sunday left at least one person dead and four seriously injured, while displacing hundreds of residents who turned to sleeping in the elements. President Felix Tshisekedi said he mourned…

Congolese welcome home the body of Etienne Tshisekedi

The body of longtime Congolese opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi arrived Thursday evening in Kinshasa as his son Felix – now the nation’s president – waited expectantly at the airport. The younger Tshisekedi then accompanied the body during a formal procession that stopped at his home and at the headquarters of…

Etienne Tshisekedi’s final return offers a moment for reflection

It was February 2017 when longtime Congolese opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi died in Brussels, amid the turmoil of former president Joseph Kabila’s refusal to step aside after two terms leading the Democratic Republic of Congo. Now, the body of the late Tshisekedi will return to Kinshasa at last. His repatriation,…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Tshisekedi finally announces new DR Congo prime minister

President Felix Tshisekedi has finally named a prime minister for Democratic Republic of Congo, and it’s longtime politician Dr. Sylvestre Ilunga Ilukamba who gets the nod. The announcement of Ilukamba, most recently the head of the nation’s railway system, was made Monday in a television address. The new prime minister…

Katumbi returns to hero’s welcome in DR Congo

Exiled political leader Moïse Katumbi returned to the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday, arriving in Lubumbashi by air to throngs of thousands, many clad in white, who heralded his long-awaited arrival. Katumbi greeted the crowds with expressions of joy for once again seeing Katanga, the province he governed before…

Katumbi plans again to return to DR Congo

Exiled Congolese political leader Moïse Katumbi has promised to return to the nation before, but this time his expected arrival on May 20 may really happen. If so, Katumbi will arrive in Lubumbashi – a town near the Zambian border, in the Kananga province he once governed – exactly three…

Report: DR Congo military leader involved in illegal timber trade

An investigative report from Global Witness accuses a high-ranking though disreputable military leader in Democratic Republic of Congo of acquiring illegally traded timber licenses in a matter of days, and then selling the associated company to a Chinese timber kingpin already operating in the country. General Gabriel Amisi Kumba is…