DRC – 22 July 2016

DRC Official Denies Government Persecution of Opposition Leader

A senior adviser to the Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila is denying reports the administration in Kinshasa has launched a witch hunt against opposition leader Moise Katumbi Chapwe, an international businessman who plans to contest a yet to be determined presidential election.

Katumbi is in the United States for medical treatment, where he has reportedly been meeting senior officials in Washington.

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Rebels kill at least 10 in troubled eastern region

Ten people were killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s volatile east, an army spokesman said, adding that the military had intervened to restore order.

“We denounce the killing of 10 civilians and huts being torched,” said Captain Guillaume Djike on Tuesday, adding that the violence broke out overnight in Kibirizi, about 85 kilometres (50 miles) north of Goma, the main city of the troubled Nord Kivu province.