DR Congo

Goma (DR Congo) (AFP) Seven people died in a raid by suspected Ugandan Islamist rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the latest in a string of deadly cross-border attacks, officials said Sunday. “Six people were shot dead and another was stabbed” in the village of Eringeti in DR Congo’s restive North Kivu province, a Congolese military source told AFP. Eringeti’s mayor Leon Baungatho said the assault happened around 5.30 pm (1530 GMT) on Saturday. “We are still grieving,” said regional official Noela Kavivutwiraki. “The army needs to redouble itsRead More
Kolwezi (DR Congo) (AFP) In early 2014, according to local folklore, a man digging a septic tank or a well in his garden in Kasulo came across rocks with a distinctive grey-green sheen: cobalt. From then on — rather like the find at Sutter’s Mill in 1848 that sparked the California Gold Rush — life for local people was never quite the same again. Demand for cobalt — vital for batteries powering products from iPhones to Tesla electric cars — is soaring, with world prices tripling in four years. MinersRead More
Bunia (DR Congo) (AFP) Thirty-three people were killed in a new outbreak of ethnic violence overnight in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s troubled Ituri province, the interior minister said Friday. The latests killings were part of a cycle of unrest between the Hema and Lendu communities in the northeastern province, the minister Henri Mova told AFP in an email. The killings happened in the village of Maze, some 80 kilometres (50 miles) north of Bunia, Ituri’s provincial capital. “The provincial governor is on his way to the site of theRead More
Kinshasa (AFP) A military court in the Democratic Republic of Congo has jailed a police officer for life for killing a demonstrator opposed to President Joseph Kabila, a judicial source said Tuesday. “Police officer Agbe Obeid is sentenced to life in prison for having shot Eric Boloko at point-blank range with live ammunition on Sunday, February 25,” in Mbandaka, a registry official at the military tribunal in the northwestern city told AFP. “This trigger-happy policeman shot the young man as he was peacefully going home (after a demonstration). I hopeRead More
Kinshasa (AFP) Two people were killed during weekend marches in the Democratic Republic of Congo calling for President Joseph Kabila to step down, the latest of several demonstrations forcefully put down by authorities. Bishop Donatien Nshole, whose organisation supported the rallies, told AFP one man was killed in the capital Kinshasa and another died when he was shot by a guard in the northwestern city of Mbandaka during Sunday’s rallies. The head of the UN’s DR Congo mission Leila Zerrougui said in a statement she “regrets that at least twoRead More
Kinshasa (AFP) One person was killed and over 20 were injured Sunday as police fired live bullets and tear gas to disperse banned protests calling on DR Congo President Joseph Kabila to stand down. The church-backed protests in the Democratic Republic of Congo come after months of tension sparked by Kabila’s prolonged rule and a long-delayed election in the vast and chronically unstable country. In the capital Kinshasa, one man was killed as police opened fire on demonstrators, according to a senior doctor at the city’s St Joseph de LimeteRead More
Kinshasa (AFP) Tensions soared in Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday as hundreds of ruling party supporters stormed Kinshasa cathedral after authorities banned a planned church-backed rally against President Joseph Kabila. The incident came as the chronically unstable nation braced for more unrest following months of tension and clashes sparked by Kabila’s refusal to step down. “We have come to take possession of Our Lady of the Congo Cathedral to take part in Sunday mass… and defend the homeland,” Papy Pungu, youth wing leader of the People’s Party for ReconstructionRead More
Kinshasa (AFP) Efforts to force DR Congo President Joseph Kabila to quit face a key test on Sunday when protestors, backed by the Catholic church, return to the streets after two demonstrations that the authorities bloodily repressed. Fifteen people were killed by security forces on New Year’s Eve and January 21 in peaceful protests that sought to heap pressure on Kabila to step down, according to a toll by the UN and organisers. The government says two people died. Sunday’s march in Kinshasa has been called by the Lay CoordinationRead More
Kinshasa (AFP) A protest march by opponents of DR Congo President Joseph Kabila looked set to go ahead Sunday after authorities and organisers failed to agree an official route, after two similar rallies were brutally put down last month. Kinshasa governor Andre Kimbuta on Saturday invited organisers to a working session to “examine an appropriate itinerary”. But it ended without a deal when members of a key opposition group didn’t show, according to an official text seen by AFP. Fifteen people were killed by security forces on New Year’s EveRead More
Kinshasa (AFP) Roman Catholics in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday heeded a call by Pope Francis to pray for peace, two days ahead of a planned protest against the regime. People flocked to a 6:00 am (0500 GMT) mass in the Our Lady of the Congo cathedral ahead of the march on Sunday called to press President Joseph Kabila to quit power. Two previous marches were banned by the regime and were dispersed with live ammunition, claiming 15 lives, according to the church, while the authorities put theRead More