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Vol 63 No 1

Published 7th January 2022


Hostage to the bad old ways

President Tshisekedi seems to have sewn up the 2023 elections, while realpolitik has put paid to his anti-corruption agenda

How time flies. In 2022 President Félix Tshisekedi enters the fourth year of his five-year 'mandate', with little so far to show the Congolese for it. His flagship programme of free primary education is floundering, with unpaid teachers refusing to work unless parents provide their salaries. And he has made little progress in fulfilling his grand promise to speed up electrification from covering an estimated 11% to 30% of Congolese by 2023.

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