Congolese welcome home the body of Etienne Tshisekedi

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

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,…

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Tshisekedi finally announces new DR Congo prime minister

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…

Fayulu still calls for a recount as DR Congo moves on without him

Democratic Republic of Congo is moving beyond the contentious December 30 election that put President Felix Tshisekedi in power – but not everywhere, and opposition candidate Martin Fayulu and his supporters still refuse to accept results that many believe denied him as the rightful winner. Fayulu, the Engagement for Citizenship…

DR Congo court rejects Fayulu election challenge

The Constitutional Court in Democratic Republic of Congo has dismissed an appeal filed by losing presidential candidate Martin Fayulu, in a ruling late Saturday that paves the way for final confirmation of a victory for Felix Tshisekedi of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS). The court’s decision was…

DR Congo: AU calls for halt on final election result decision

The African Union has called on the Democratic Republic of Congo to suspend the announcement of final results in the contested December 30 elections, following an emergency meeting at AU headquarters on Thursday. The AU and other stakeholders in Addis Ababa said there were “serious doubts” on provisional results that…

DR Congo elections: CENI announces Tshisekedi win

The Democratic Republic of Congo was still waiting early Thursday morning, as the 11:00 p.m. deadline for announcing results from the contentious December 30 presidential election came and went. It was nearly two hours later when chief Corneille Nangaa and election officials with CENI, the national electoral commission, finally entered the…

DRC officials under pressure to report election results

Congolese election officials face pressure from within and outside the country to release legitimate polling results, even as the CENI electoral commission warns of delays in publishing provisional results expected on Sunday. The Roman Catholic bishops of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO), influential for more than two years…