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ISS: Presidentialism shouldn’t trump democracy in the DRC

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The Tshisekedi-Kabila split affirms the power of incumbency at the expense of the rule of law. Two years after winning the historic 2018 election, Democratic...

ISS: DRC’s shady political alliance unravels

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Tshisekedi is struggling to escape the shackles of a deal gone bad with the DRC’s former president. On 26 November President Félix Tshisekedi concluded a...

Congo president vows not to accept judicial reforms that cause ‘harm’

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Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi said on Monday he would not accept any reforms that undermined the independence of the judiciary, the latest salvo in...

Congo police disperse parliament protesters with tear gas, water cannon

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Democratic Republic of Congo police fired tear gas and water cannon on Wednesday to repel hundreds of protesters whose rally against a proposed new...

Pardons for DR Congo political prisoners

New DR Congo president Felix Tshisekedi pardoned three prominent political prisoners and 700 regular ones, state TV reported, a goodwill gesture signalling a break...

Tshisekedi calls for unity after divisive election

Opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi called for national reconciliation as he became Democratic Republic of Congo’s president, succeeding Joseph Kabila in Congo’s first transfer of...

Catholic Church rejects DR Congo vote result

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The Catholic Church in DR Congo rejected the official result of the country's presidential election and the loser denounced a "coup", dashing hopes the...

DR Congo opposition apparently talking to Kabila

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A Congolese presidential candidate's representatives apparently met with outgoing President Joseph Kabila's camp to ensure a peaceful transfer of power. Kabila's camp denied any meetings...

Tshisekedi’s death undermines chances of 2017 transition in DR Congo

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The death on Wednesday of Congo's opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi leaves opponents of President Joseph Kabila seriously weakened in their bid to...

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SANDF missing the communication target

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Former defence and military veterans minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on a number of occasions said words to the effect South Africans have to decide what...