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Of puppets and godfathers

Accusations of corruption against the President’s appointees are weakening him in his fight with Kabila

'I am not a puppet', President Félix Tshisekedi keeps insisting, most recently to the Belgian government and the Congolese diaspora in Brussels during a recent state visit to the ...


The China price

Facing corruption probes and resource nationalism, Western mining companies are quitting the Copperbelt

Producing 70% of the world's cobalt, an essential component of electric car batteries and mobile phones, Africa's Copperbelt is in the midst of a sweeping transformation. Seeking t...

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Fund falls for Sassou

The IMF sees the country as a test case for African nations which borrowed heavily from China. It is being lenient

President Denis Sassou-Nguesso appears, again, to have secured victory over the International Monetary Fund, obtaining an urgently needed bail-out in exchange for promises that he ...


Kasaï peace at risk

An ambitious provincial governor’s new appointments and initiatives threaten to anger armed militants now on a ceasefire

Violence engulfed Kasaï Central Province between 2016 and 2018, when the anti-government Kamuina Nsapu militia – aggrieved about the murder of their traditional leader by the...


Terminated

After a three-year trial in which more than 2,000 victims were represented, three International Criminal Court (ICC) judges have found Jean Bosco Ntaganda, 45, also known as 'The T...


Mbororo conundrum

Fulani herders – already involved in clashes in the Sahel – are being targeted by unscrupulous politicians and the dangers levels are rising

In Congo-Kinshasa's Haut Uele province, which borders South Sudan and Central African Republic, inflammatory rhetoric from the authorities and civil society against the nomadic, ca...


Missing you already

The grand old man of Congolese politics gets a state send-off, and the funeral offers a chance for political manoeuvres

Two years and four months after the old man passed away, the body of veteran Congolese politician Étienne Tshisekedi finally returned from Brussels to Congo-Kinshasa on 30 May. Tho...


Enemies without, and within

UN peacekeepers and other security sources confirm that units from at least two battalions of the Rwanda Defence Force have taken positions inside Congo-Kinshasa, to hunt down grou...


A shake-up takes shape

In spite of Kabila’s enduring power, politics is on the move, militias are mobilising, and fresh alliances are forming

The return to Congo-Kinshasa after three years in exile of Moïse Katumbi, the former Governor of Katanga, is set to shake up national politics even as ex-President Joseph Kabila re...


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