CapitalKeys' ploy to make Kinshasa pay
After lodging an appeal last June, CapitalKeys is attempting some rather backhanded ways of recovering $16.6m in fees from the DRC.
Frenchman Pascal Beveraggi is giving one last chance to the DRC to react before beginning arbitration proceedings over his case against Congolese politician Moïse Katumbi. He is looking for support among France's political class and media.
The arbitration ruling won by Dig Oil against the DRC has put the head of state's advisers at loggerheads. Felix Tshisekedi's inner circle are pressing him to seek a settlement with the South African oil company, while one of the country's legal advisers is pleading for an energetic legal counter-attack.
Since early August, mining operators in the DRC have been pushing back against recent fiscal and budgetary measures introduced by the central government in Kinshasa. On 8 September, the leading industry players turned out in force for a meeting with President Félix Tshisekedi.