President Joseph Kabila’s refusal to vacate office has sparked protest in the DRC, especially by the youth, which was brutally repressed. Kambale Musavuli analyses the state of the Congolese nation in the run-up to what should be an election – and highlights the role of an American firm in the maintenance of a repressive regime.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (92) is famous for quirky responses when asked why he has stayed in power since 1980. Asked by journalists whether it isn’t time he said farewell to the people of Zimbabwe, he replied: ‘Why, where are they going?’ On a serious note, he also angrily told journalists who asked about his decades-long presidency: ‘Have you ever asked the Queen that question, or is it just for African leaders?’ According to Mugabe: ‘Only God who appointed me can remove me’. Are term-limit changes a threat to democracy in Africa?
Nineteen years ago on 17 May 1997, Laurent Désiré Kabila overthrew Mobutu Sese Seko, the president of what was then Zaire. Although he was supported by a regional coalition that had the tacit backing of key Western countries, the ousting of Mobutu was haphazard at best, Kabila himself a relative unknown with no experience of government.
In a bid to reduce overcrowding in jails, the Democratic Republic of Congo says it will release about 2,000 prisoners this month. The release will certainly ease pressure on the country’s overpopulated prisons, infamous for their appalling conditions.
The death of Joe-Louis Kanyona, the Congolese doorman who was murdered at Cape Town’s Beerhouse on 20 June, in the context of nightclub security and the city’s DRC diaspora
The Democratic Republic of Congo has rejected assistance from the United Nations in fighting Hutu rebels, claiming interference in its affairs
Is Africa slowly turning the rhetoric of democracy into action? The Constitutive Act of the African Union (AU), which introduced to the continental body the values of democracy, rule of law and constitutionalism, is 13 years old. And its prohibition of seizing power unconstitutionally goes back even earlier to 2000, preceding the AU
Teargas and live rounds used to disperse crowd which protested election law change, and at least two people injured