DRC – 12 February 2016

Democratic Republic of Congo Says It May Still Revise Mine Code

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s mines ministry said that it could still revise the country’s mining code, in an apparent retreat from comments made by the department’s minister on Wednesday.

Mines Minister Martin Kabwelulu, in an interview in Cape Town, said that the government had decided to maintain the country’s 2002 mining code due to the impact of low copper prices on the sector, abandoning a previous plan to revise the legislation.

Bloomberg


 

Political Crisis Building in Democratic Republic of Congo

A political crisis is growing in Democratic Republic of Congo over the possibility that President Joseph Kabila might seek a third term in office, a senior U.S. official warned on Wednesday.

Tom Perriello, U.S. Special Envoy to Africa’s Great Lakes Region, said if Kabila sought a third term in November elections, even though the constitution bars such a move, it could undermine political and economic gains of the past decade.

Voice of America