Joseph Kabila

Papa Wemba: A rumba ambassador with an angelic voice

The late Papa Wemba ©STR/AFPPopular singer Papa Wemba woke the world up to the urban sounds of Kinshasa and spawned the flamboyant dress style known as 'la sape'. The story of Papa Wemba's journey to superstardom reads like something from a work of fiction.

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DRC proposes slashing 2016 budget by 22%

File photo©ReutersDemocratic Republic of Congo's government is proposing slashing its budget for 2016 by 22 percent, in large part due to lower global metals prices, according to a revised budget to be presented to parliament.

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DRC bishops tone down Kabila criticism

Democratic Republic of Congo's clergy has toned down its opposition to changes in the country's electoral calendar, which critics say is meant to help extend President Joseph Kabila to extend his tenure beyond constitutional limits.

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DRC in 2016: The Kabila enigma continues

Joseph Kabila, DRC president. Photo©ReutersDemocratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila is an enigma.

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Democratic Republic of Congo - DRC Country Profile 2015: Presidential wait-and-see

altPresident Joseph Kabila celebrates his 14th anniversary as president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on 26 January 2015.

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The Promises and Perils of Democracy in Africa

Eva M. Clayton. Photo©livingstongroupdc.comThe Obama Administration along with other American leadership, especially my former colleagues of the Congressional Black Caucus, have a duty to the birthplace of humanity, writes Eva M. Clayton, former representative of the U.S. House of Representatives for the state of North Carolina.

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DRC's new oil code to enforce steep taxes and bigger state role

Photo©ReutersDemocratic Republic of Congo's parliament last month adopted a new hydrocarbons code that seeks to impose a steep capital gains tax on companies and increase the state's role in the sector.

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People to Watch: Pitching in for the chance of a better DRC

The months to come will show who shoots for the presidential seat, but some people are already making progress in their goals for the country.

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DRC's electoral gauntlet

Kabila: letting go is hard, holding on is harder. Photo©Carl de Souza/AFPHaving agreed to hold elections, Kabila still has plenty of ruses up his sleeve.

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Mining: Copper's reputation tarnished

Gécamines workers say their pay is in arrears and the company can’t pay its bills. Photo©Gwenn DubourthomieuBetween the infrastructure deficit, revisions to the mining code, instability and Gécamines' dodgy deals, copper is losing some of its conductivity with investors.

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A popular uprising concentrates the minds of African leaders

President Yoweri Museveni, Uganda (L) President Paul Kagame, Rwanda (R)The game of thrones and succession planning in Africa was jolted by the spectacle on 31 October of Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaoré fleeing the mass street demonstrations in Ouagadougou on a French helicopter for exile in neighbouring Côte d'Ivoire.

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DRC won't bow to foreign injunctions - Joseph Kabila

Joseph Kabila, President of Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo©ReutersThe president of Democratic Republic of Congo told foreign nations on Monday to respect his country's sovereignty after several urged him to comply with the constitution and not to run for re-election.

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DR Congo: President Kabila seeks third term

DRC President, Joseph Kabila. Photo©ReutersDemocratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Joseph Kabila plans to amend the country's constitution to allow him to run for a third term.

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DRC: Jean Bamanisa Saïdi, Kisangani's loved governor

Kisangani governor, Jean Bamanisa Saïdi. Photo©Gwenn Dubourthoumieu For TARNot wholly trusted by President Kabila and his allies in Kinshasa, the governor of Orientale Province is attacking the bureaucracy in the capital and pushing for Kisangani to manage its own affairs.

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Israeli billionaire finds 3bn barrels of oil in DRC

File photo©ReutersAn oil company owned by Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler said on Thursday it had discovered around 3 billion barrels of oil in the Democratic Republic of Congo, an amount similar to the proven reserves of oil producers Britain and South Sudan.

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DRC's Joseph Kabila: Will he stay or will he go?

Where there’s a will there’s a way: Kabila considers his options©Gwenn Dubourthoumieu/afpElectoral and constitutional changes proposed in June suggest that President Joseph Kabila will attempt to stay beyond the end of his last term in 2016. Political uncertainty has slowed peace negotiations, the national dialogue and improving the economy outside the mining sector.

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Power: Inga III will have to wait

Harnessing the river: Inga II with Inga I behind. Inga III will add a further 4,800MW capacity. Photo©Jean-Luc Dolmaire/JaWith the legal framework, tenders, impact studies and financing still to be finalised, construction of the dam is unlikely to start before the end of 2016.

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DRC launches agri-business park in move to revamp farming

DRC President Joseph Kabila has pledged to radically reform agriculture in his country. Photo©ReutersDemocratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has launched its first agricultural business park, the initial step in a plan to use its vast tracts of arable land to produce food, create jobs and wean the economy off its dependence on mining.

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Mining: More digging, more problems

No smoke without fire: Gécamines is shrouded in complex and murky deals. Photo©GWENN DUBOURTHOUMIEUDemocratic Republic of Congo's state-owned Gécamines is continuing its restructuring plans but it has not shown a commitment to transparency or an ability to raise funds.

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DRC and Angola's Borders and barrels

President José Eduardo dos Santos's government expelled 115,000 Congolese people from Angola between December 2008 and July 2009. Photo©ReutersCongo has contested Angola's redrawing of the two countries' maritime border.

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