For the past 20 months, the Congo Research Group has documented the vast and eclectic business portfolio of Joseph Kabila, the president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and his family. This report presents our conclusions, based almost entirely on legal documents. They own, either partially or wholly, more than
This week Jason talks with Ida Sawyer, Central Africa director for Human Rights Watch, about the investigation authorized by the UN Human Rights Council into the violence in the Kasai region. According to the Catholic Church, the violence has killed over 3,000 people since it began in August 2016. Over
In this extra podcast Jason discusses the regional dynamics of recent Congolese events with Stephanie Wolters, Head of the Peace and Security Research Program at the Institute for Security Studies. Correction: This podcast has been reposted with a correction. We originally included a discussion about the AU Chairperson Moussa Faki’s
Une discussion sur l’entretien que Président Kabila a accordé à Der Spiegel cette semaine avec Jean-Claude Katende, President Nationale de l’ASADHO. Jason et Jean-Claude parlent du ce que le Président a dit, la réaction de la société civile, et sur l’état de l’opposition.
Cette semaine nous parlons du Kasai avec l’ouverture d’un procès contre le député Clement Kanku suite à un enregistrement publié dans le journal américain The New York Times. Nous discutons également des obsèques d’Etienne Tshisekedi et du processus électoral à Kinshasa. Avec nous cette semaine: Trésor Kibangula, journaliste à Jeune
In the wake of a tragedy, it can be tempting to point fingers, establish blame, and move on. That’s what appears to be happening with the murders of UN investigators Michael Sharp and Zaida Catalan. Over the past week, the New York Times has published an article highlighting the “complicity”
Last week, we published our second nationwide public opinion poll with BERCI. In contrast with the first one, where we polled over 7,500 people in person, this poll was our first attempt to conduct a telephone poll. (For the polling nerds out there, we were able to do this reliably because we
(The full report is here.) The DRC is at a crossroads. Having failed to carry out elections by the end of 2016, as required by the constitution, the government engaged in two separate rounds of negotiations, the first under the auspices of the African Union and the second brokered by