DR Congo

Kinshasa (AFP) Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo met on Saturday to address when the next presidential election will be held after the country’s electoral commission announced there will be no vote before early 2019. Beset by ethnic divisions, numerous political tensions and bloody fighting in its east, the delay has raised fresh security worries in the vast African nation. Elections were supposed to occur this year under a transitional deal aimed at avoiding fresh political bloodshed after President Joseph Kabila refused to step down when his second andRead More
Kinshasa (AFP) Hopes the Democratic Republic of Congo could end months of crisis and reach a deal on holding presidential elections have faded after the poll was delayed to at least early 2019. President Joseph Kabila’s second and final mandate ended December 20 last year with no sign of him stepping down. Elections were due to be held this year under a deal aimed at avoiding fresh political bloodshed but after repeated delays the Independent National Electoral Commission announced Wednesday it will take until 2019 to prepare a vote. FollowingRead More
Kinshasa (AFP) The election to pick DR Congo’s next president will not happen before early 2019, the electoral commission said Wednesday, a delay that raises fresh security worries in the vast African nation. Polls were due this year under a transitional deal aimed at avoiding fresh political bloodshed after President Joseph Kabila refused to step down when his second mandate ended in December. But the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) said Wednesday it would need another 504 days to prepare for the vote after the completion of an electoral census,Read More
Kinshasa (AFP) Rebels from a Ugandan-dominated group on Monday attacked a UN military base in DR Congo’s unstable east, killing two peacekeepers and injuring 12 others, the UN mission said. The attack took place in Beni where UN soldiers have been battling the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), which is dominated by hardline Ugandan Muslims, a spokesman for the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo said. Congolese troops had clashed with the rebels in the area on Sunday. The day before, the ADF attacked around 10 motorbike taxis inRead More
Goma (DR Congo) (AFP) Ten fighters were killed Thursday when the army launched a pre-dawn attack on a militia in the restive eastern region of Democratic Republic of Congo, a military spokesman said. The assault targeted a group called the Mai-Mai Mazembe, which had taken up position in Kapanga, a locality in the Lubero district on the border with Uganda, the official said. “They have been dislodged. We found 10 corpses,” Lieutenant Jules Tshikudi, a spokesman for the army in North Kivu province, told AFP. “Two solders were also injuredRead More
Bukavu (DR Congo) (AFP) A teenager was killed on Monday in protests against instability in Bukavu, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a local official said. The 14-year-old student died after being hit by a bullet. A further seven people were treated in hospital, an AFP correspondent said. Protestor Robert Njangala accused police of firing bullets in the area where the teenager was killed, after attempts to disperse the crowd with tear gas failed. Education minister Ladislas Muganza said protesters who attempted to carry the student’s body to the townRead More
Goma (DR Congo) (AFP) At least 12 people died and 92 were missing after heavy rains caused flooding in two villages in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, an official said Wednesday. “The provisional toll after torrential rain hit the villages of Bihambwe and Matanda in Masisi Territory is 12 dead, 18 injured and 92 missing,” said Julien Paluku, governor of Nord Kivu province, where the villages are located. The rain started on Tuesday, causing a river to flood, local residents told AFP. “The rain began in the afternoon, forcing thoseRead More
Kinshasa (AFP) The United States and European Union on Wednesday urged Congolese security forces to refrain from using “excessive force” after soldiers fired on Burundian refugees last week, killing over 30. “The US government is dismayed by the violence and death of more than 30 Burundian nationals and a Congolese soldier in Kamanyola, in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement. “We urge the security forces of the DRC to refrain from using excessive force”. According to MONUSCO, the UN’s peacekeepingRead More
Kinshasa (AFP) The two main opposition leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo have called for a political transition without President Joseph Kabila to prepare for long-delayed elections. Felix Tshisekedi and Moise Katumbe, allied in an opposition coalition called Rally, issued their call on the eve of a crisis meeting at the United Nations in New York on Tuesday to discuss the political stalemate caused by Kabila’s refusal to stand down after his second mandate ended in December last year. Tshisekedi, the son of late veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi,Read More
Goma (DR Congo) (AFP) The bodies of 17 civilians apparently fleeing violence in the troubled North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo were found in Lake Edward, a local official said Tuesday. The civilians “drowned trying to flee clashes between the Mai-Mai and soldiers from the Congolese armed forces,” Joy Bokele, an official in the Lubero region, said. The Mai-Mai are a self-described “self-defence” militia group. They have been engaged since Sunday in “violent clashes” against Congolese soldiers in the lakeside village of Kyavinyonge, army spokesman Jules TshikudiRead More