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Kenya sponsors risky anti-militia plan

Nairobi has assembled regional states to fight Congolese armed groups, but they include the very countries the groups depend on for aid

An agreement by regional governments to form a joint military force to deploy against armed groups in Congo-Kinshasa looks like a diplomatic masterstroke by Kenya, which is coordin...


Tshisekedi helps Gertler in fight with US

An accord with Kinshasa allows the sanctioned businessman to control cash from what Washington officials label as 'opaque and corrupt' deals

In a dramatic about-turn, President Félix Tshisekedi is offering to help one of his predecessor's closest business allies currently under United States sanctions for obtaini...


UN clashes with Wagner worsen

Moscow's surrogates are undermining the international peacekeepers but diplomats hope a new UN mission chief can stabilise the operation

The Russian-inspired detention of four French soldiers in February at Bangui airport, and the imminent departure of Mankeur Ndiaye, the Senegalese head of the UN's mission to Centr...


President Tshisekedi cuts a deal with Dan Gertler

A pact to take back tainted mining assets could be part of wider damage-limitation by a notorious fixer and his partners

A multi-billion dollar corruption scandal over some of the world's most prized copper and cobalt mines is heading towards dénouement, after Congolese authorities signed what...


Son, like Father

One of the larger Africa–focused lobbying outfits, with offices in Abidjan, Kinshasa and Mauritius, is the Paris–based 35° Nord. It is targeting the European Union'...


Spymaster's arrest heralds purge

President Tshisekedi's move against his intelligence chief François Beya was about consolidating power, not thwarting a coup plot

Three weeks after President Félix Tshisekedi ordered the arrest of his senior security advisor François Beya for plotting a coup, a shroud of silence still surrounds ...


Prime Minister quits as funding crisis deepens

The government is running out of cash – paying the Russians is proving tricky, EU and French aid has stopped, and the IMF and World Bank are sceptical

Amid suspicions that Russia is trying to engineer an alliance between its friends in Bangui and leaders of the military junta in Sudan, the problems in President Faustin Archange T...


War dogs' old tricks

Mali can learn what to expect from Russian mercenaries by looking at their playbook from the Central African Republic

As Russian mercenaries deploy to Mali to combat Islamist insurgents, the country can expect to be forced to pay an escalating bill, on top of seeing the operatives take over valuab...


Choosing Moscow

Support from Russia will allow Touadéra to suppress opposition and avoid conciliation with rebels

The disputed elections last year that gave an opportunity to mercenaries from Russia's state-linked Wagner Group to assert their influence on politics in the Central African Republ...


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