DR Congo, FRPI fighters sign peace agreement in Ituri province

DR Congo, FRPI fighters sign peace agreement in Ituri province

The Congolese government has signed a peace agreement with the Ituri Patriotic Resistance Force (FRPI), the last of large armed militias fighting in the eastern Ituri province of Democratic Republic of Congo. The signing ceremony took place Friday at Tata Akobi Stadium in Gety, a city where Congolese FARDC forces…

MONUSCO appeals for calm after fresh Beni attacks

MONUSCO appeals for calm after fresh Beni attacks

The United Nations mission in Democratic Republic of Congo has appealed for “calm and responsibility” in the city of Beni, where protesters attacked its facilities after eight people died Sunday night in yet another armed rebel attack on civilians. Leila Zerrougui, the head of the UN’s MONUSCO mission, said she…

UN chief ends DR Congo trip with assurances on security front

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…

MONUSCO: Six dead in Congolese protests against Kabila government

Six people were killed Sunday in Kinshasa, as security forces shut down protest marches against President Joseph Kabila’s government organized by lay leaders of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Roman Catholic churches. Florence Marchal, a spokeswoman for the United Nations mission there, told MONUSCO-affiliated Radio Okapi that there also were…

MONUSCO condemns DR Congo military intrusion at Kananga base

The intrusion by Congolese military forces earlier this week at a United Nations base in the violent Kasai region has received strong condemnation from the head of MONUSCO mission Maman Sidikou. Sidikou, the UN special representative in Democratic Republic of Congo, said the incident was especially troubling because it was…