Police beat journalist, fire tear gas at election protesters in Congo

Police beat a journalist and fired tear gas to disperse a small crowd in Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital Kinshasa on Wednesday during an opposition protest over alleged election meddling, eyewitnesses said. Around 20 protesters gathered in response to a call by opposition leader Martin Fayulu and were met with stiff resistance from police. Police… Read More Police beat journalist, fire tear gas at election protesters in Congo

Congo’s President Felix Tshisekedi receives first dose of Moderna coronavirus vaccine

Congo’s President Felix Tshisekedi has received his first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the government said on Monday, after a six-month wait caused by his unwillingness to take the AstraZeneca shot. Democratic Republic of Congo has officially reported 56,000 cases and 1,066 deaths from the coronavirus, though test rates are low in the country… Read More Congo’s President Felix Tshisekedi receives first dose of Moderna coronavirus vaccine

At least nineteen dead as militants raid villages in DR Congo

Militants killed at least 19 people, including 10 soldiers, in raids on two villages in the east of Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday, hours after President Felix Tshisekedi declared a state of siege in two provinces. A surge in attacks by armed militias and inter-communal violence in the east have killed more than 300… Read More At least nineteen dead as militants raid villages in DR Congo

Congo’s President Felix Tshisekedi appoints Sama Lukonde Kyenge as new prime minister

Congo President Felix Tshisekedi on Monday appointed the head of the state mining company Sama Lukonde Kyenge as the new prime minister, capping a series of victories for Tshisekedi over his once-dominant predecessor Joseph Kabila. Sylvestre Ilunga Ilunkamba, a close confident of Kabila, resigned from the post on January 28 following a vote of no… Read More Congo’s President Felix Tshisekedi appoints Sama Lukonde Kyenge as new prime minister

Congo’s President Felix Tshisekedi appoints Sylvestre Ilunga Ilukamba as prime minister

Sylvestre Ilunga Ilukamba, a career politician and ally of former President Joseph Kabila, was appointed as Democratic Republic of Congo’s prime minister on Monday, the government said in a statement. Ilukamba was previously the head of Congo’s national railway company, known as the SNCC, and has served in various government posts since the 1970s, according… Read More Congo’s President Felix Tshisekedi appoints Sylvestre Ilunga Ilukamba as prime minister