At least 25 civilians have been killed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) troubled east, local officials said on Friday, blaming the attack on the notorious ADF militia.
The army was chasing ADF fighters on Thursday when they found the bodies of 25 civilians, who had been “taken by surprise in their fields on New Year’s Eve,” Donat Kibuana, the administrator of the Beni territory, told news reporters.
The ADF, which has been active in the region since the 1990s as a Ugandan rebel group, is one of more than 100 rebel groups that plague the eastern provinces of the vast country.
A year ago, the Congolese army launched a large-scale campaign against the ADF.
In response, the group abandoned its bases, split into smaller, more mobile groups and retaliated against civi...
More than a dozen people have been killed in two attacks near Beni in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo that were blamed on the Islamist ADF group, local sources said Sunday.
Late Saturday, an initial assault killed seven people, territorial administrator Donat Kibwana told an AFP correspondent, adding that "the attack took place at 11:00 pm and it was the ADF", which originated in the 1990s as an Ugandan Muslim rebel group.
Kibwana said the toll was still provisional and that the attack occurred at a town called Kisima.
A second assault took place early Sunday near Oicha, which is in the same region as Beni, where the local authority and other sources said six people had died.
The ADF is one of more than 100 militias that plague the eastern provinces of the vast DR Congo.
The Democratic Republic of Congo formally applied for admission to the
six-member East African Community (EAC).
The vast natural resource-rich central African country is seeking to
join the regional bloc after various behind-the-scenes rapprochements.
Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi this week wrote to his Rwandan
counterpart Paul Kagame, who is the current chairman of the EAC, seeking to
join the Community whose member countries are Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda,
Burundi and South Sudan.
“This request follows the ever-increasing trade between the economic
players of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and those of the states of the
Community,” he wrote on June 8.
The desire of his government, President Tshisekedi observed, is to join
the Community of regional leaders “...
The willingness of the Government of Uganda
and President Museveni in particular to construct roads and other infrastructures
to DR Congo shows the zeal by Government to transform these political relations
into economic gains.
Uganda can enjoy a
trade surplus even without digging deep into its vast natural resources.
limitless potential for exporting an array of locally produced products and
services — from horticulture to construction and engineering.
Uganda is home to
some top-quality products that can compete in any market around the world. This
drawback affecting exports has been the failure by local companies to
aggressively capture regional markets and leveraging on the country’s
geographical location, which comes with few logistical hea...
Bestowed with the title “Senator for
Life”, former president Joseph Kabila made a big comeback on the Congolese
political stage during the new parliamentary session. His resurfacing came as a
surprise, though the 2023 presidential election is already on everyone’s minds.
“Joseph Kabila’s return is not a slogan – it’s a reality. He’s going to
return to power and we are working towards that goal,” said Claude Nyamugabo,
minister of environment and sustainable development. He has been making the
rounds of the Haut-Katanga and Lualaba provinces since early last week and was
in Kolwezi on official business to evaluate the environmental impact of mining
operations when he made this remark, which has reverberated like an echo back
to top party officials in Kinshasa.
What’s more, his words ...
By Elite News Reporter
police shot two people dead and several others sustained injuries after violent
protests broke out in several cities of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
(DRC)on Thursday, as Congolese protested against the appointment of the head of
the Electoral Commission.
used teargas and live ammunition to disperse thousands of supporters of
President Felix Tshisekedi and democracy campaigners as they rallied through
the streets of the capital, Kinshasa, as well as Lubumbashi, Goma and several
Protesters running through the streets of Kinshasa
United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) said it was "concerned
about the use of lethal force by law enforcement" which led to the death
of two protesters - one in Kinshasa and one in...
By Elite Reporter
Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo has ordered the army to
conduct an investigation into the murder of former military spy Chief Delphin
Kahimbi, who was one of the most powerful figures during Joseph Kabila's 18
years in power.
was found dead at his home in the capital, Kinshasa, on Friday, the day he was
meant to appear before the country's Security Council.
was to answer to allegations that he was
involved in a plot to destabilise President Tshisekedi’s government.
Kahimbi was on an EU sanctions list for alleged human rights violations and
hindering the democratic process.
took over from Joseph Kabila in January last year, the first peaceful transfer of
power in the country in nearly 60 years ...