DR Congo sets final candidate list for December elections

DR Congo sets final candidate list for December elections

The electoral commission in Democratic Republic of Congo released on Wednesday its final list of certified presidential candidates, leaving 21 eligible to contest the December 23 elections. The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) approved Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, the People’s Party for Reconstruction and Democracy (PPRD) candidate replacing President Joseph Kabila. They…

DRC election: CENCO bishops express concern over credibility

DRC election: CENCO bishops express concern over credibility

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the influential National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) bishops said Tuesday that they are mobilizing thousands of Congolese volunteers to help monitor the elections set for December. The Roman Catholic organization, which has helped to lead peaceful protests against President Joseph Kabila’s regime and…

DRC: Kabila won’t run again as Shadary gets the nomination

President Joseph Kabila will not run for a third term in Democratic Republic of Congo’s elections in December, as his PPRD party announced the selection of Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary on Wednesday. Shadary, a Kabila ally and secretary for the ruling party, was named as Congolese candidates met the registration deadline….

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…