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