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Vol 51 No 12

Published 11th June 2010


Congo-Kinshasa

A disastrous half-century

The foreign plunderers have joined with the local elite to create today’s political confusion

With the fiftieth anniversary of Independence due on 30 June, discontent is growing. Much of it is aimed personally at President Joseph Kabila Kabange, who has been in power since the murder of his father, President Laurent-Désiré Kabila, in January 2001. The investigation is still far from complete, with some suspects in prison and indications that the guilty men got away. Symptoms of present trouble are the violent death of the country’s leading human rights activist, rumblings about an attempted putsch in mineral-rich Katanga, self-declared provinces and a brief split in the ruling coalition.

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