Campaigns begin as DRC heads to December elections

Campaigns begin as DRC heads to December elections

Official campaigning has kicked off in Democratic Republic of Congo, where long-delayed elections are scheduled for December 23. The national elections commission, CENI, designated Thursday as the start of campaigning for a field of 21 candidates certified in September. Front-runners for the presidency include Martin Fayulu of the Engagement for…

Tshisekedi, Kamerhe pull out of DRC coalition candidate deal

Tshisekedi, Kamerhe pull out of DRC coalition candidate deal

Two key Congolese opposition leaders, Felix Tshisekedi and Vital Kamerhe, have pulled out of an agreement to back Martin Fayulu of the Engagement for Citizenship and Development (ECiDé) party as their coalition candidate in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s December 23 election. Both men said they were responding to the…

Congolese opposition names Fayulu as coalition presidential candidate

Congolese opposition names Fayulu as coalition presidential candidate

A group of seven Congolese political opposition leaders announced their decision for a presidential candidate on Sunday, choosing Martin Fayulu of the Engagement for Citizenship and Development (ECiDé) party to face President Joseph Kabila’s own choice in the December 23 election. With the long-delayed date looming in Democratic Republic of Congo,…

DRC opposition set for Kinshasa march against election fraud

Opposition leaders in Democratic Republic of Congo plan to move forward with a Kinshasa march on Friday to demand free, fair and credible elections – an outcome they fear is threatened by the use of controversial voting machines and unreliable voter registrations. Vital Kamerhe, the Union for the Congolese Nation…

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

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…