DR Congo political heavyweight Katumbi returns home from exile

Thousands of people welcome Moise Katumbi, a prominent foe of former DR Congo president Joseph Kabila, as he lands at Lubumbashi airport after three years in self-imposed exile. IMAGES of Moise Katumbi welcomed by his supporters on the tarmac

African Union meeting in Ethiopia to discuss DRC situation

Continental leaders gather at a meeting of the African Union in Addis Ababa to discuss the disputed election in the DR Congo. The DR Congo election commission declared opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi the winner last Thursday. But a different opposition candidate, Martin Fayulu, has appealed the result, saying it was an “electoral coup” forged in backroom dealings between Tshisekedi and outgoing President Joseph Kabila.

DR Congo court begins examining Fayulu election results appeal

DR Congo’s Constitutional Court begins hearing an appeal against presidential election results that gave victory to opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi. Fayulu, likewise from the opposition, was declared runner-up in the December 30 poll to choose a successor to President Joseph Kabila, in power for the last 18 years. IMAGES of the Kinshasa Constitutional court as the hearing begins

DR Congo election: candidate Martin Fayulu casts his vote

Congolese opposition candidate Martin Fayulu casts his vote in a polling station in Kinshasa. One opinion poll has Fayulu as a clear favourite, garnering around 44 percent of voting intentions. Millions of Congolese citizens are choosing a successor to President Joseph Kabila, who is stepping down after nearly 18 years at the helm. IMAGES

DRC election: vote ongoing in Kinshasa polling stations

Congolese citizens vote in a polling station in the capital, Kinshasa. Millions of electors are choosing a successor to President Joseph Kabila, who is stepping down after nearly 18 years at the helm. The vote gives DR Congo the chance of its first peaceful transfer of power since it gained independence from Belgium in 1960.

DR Congo election: Shadary and Kabila their votes

Emmanuel Shadary and President Joseph Kabila arrive in a Kinshasa polling station to cast their votes. Months of speculation over Kabila’s future ended in August when he threw his weight behind Shadary, a hardline former interior minister and loyalist. Millions of electors are expected to turn out to choose who will succeeed President Kabila.

DR Congo election: polling stations open in Kinshasa

Congolese citizens arrive to cast their vote as polling stations open in Kinshasa. Millions of electors are expected to turn out to choose a successor to President Joseph Kabila. The election’s credibility has already been strained by repeated delays, the risk of hitches on polling day and accusations that electronic voting machines will produced a rigged result.

DRC: huge crowds for Kinshasa return of Tshisekedi & Kamerhe

Tens of thousands of supporters turn out to welcome Congolese opposition scion Felix Tshisekedi as he returns to Kinshasa to kick off his campaign to replace President Joseph Kabila in next month’s election. His running mate Vital Kamerhe joined him and will be Tshisekedi’s campaign director ahead of the December 23 vote.

DRC elections: Opponent Fayulu launches presidential bid

Opposition candidate Martin Fayulu returns to Kinshasa for the launch of his presidential campaign. Voters on December 23 will choose a successor to outgoing President Joseph Kabila, who has constitutionally remained in power as caretaker leader even though his second and final elected term ended nearly two years ago. IMAGES

Mass held in Kinshasa for DRC opposition leader Tshisekedi

Congoloese in Kinshasa commemorate the first anniversary of the death of veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, who died aged 84 in Belgium in February 2017. Tshisekedi was a key political rival who lost to President Joseph Kabila in disputed presidential polls in 2011. IMAGES

Lives disrupted amid ongoing violence in DR Congo’s Kasai

For the past ten months, Kasai, a deeply-impoverished region in central Democratic Republic of Congo, has been plagued by bloodshed that has killed over 3,000 people and forced 1.3 million to flee, exacerbating the country’s political and economic crises. The unrest has its roots in dispute between a local traditional leader, known as the Kamwina Nsapu, and the government of President Joseph Kabila which began in early 2016.

Dozens killed, police officer ‘burned alive’ during violent protests in Congo

Between 17 and 50 people have been killed in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, after thousands-strong protests against President Joseph Kabila turned violent.


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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – January 22, 2015

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Anti-government demonstrations grow in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, amateur video appears to show aftermath of Syrian air strikes on village controlled by the Islamic State, U.S. law enforcement agencies are using a radar that can detect if you’re home through the walls, and Crimea’s water shortage has zoo animals parched.

Demonstrations Continue Against Proposed Electoral Law
The powerful Catholic Church has condemned the reform, which the opposition claims would only serve to extend President Joseph Kabila’s rule.

Aftermath of Government Raid on Militant-Controlled Territory
Medics say at least 65 people are dead after an air strike on a cattle market in the northeast village of Khansaa.

Police Radar Used by 50 Agencies Can ‘See’ Inside Homes
Using radio waves, the Range-R device can detect the slightest of movements. Privacy advocates aren’t pleased.

Water Shortage Threatens Zoo Animals
Reservoir levels on the peninsula have fallen and have left lions, tigers, and bears are at risk of going thirsty.

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