MbZ and Tshisekedi finalise arms and mines deals
Kinshasa and Abu Dhabi are secretly finalising an unprecedented deal that would include major mining projects and may also have a military component.
China Minmetals' DR Congo subsidiary MMG Kinsevere has launched an arbitration procedure in Paris against its partner, Gécamines. It wants $145m from the state-owned company, which it claims is blocking the expansion of its Kinsevere mine.
The Congolese president's official and shadow advisers are preparing for the presidential election scheduled for December, despite the possibility that it will be postponed. They hope to ward off a potential political crisis and secure another term for the incumbent.
The arrest of Fortunat Biselele, aka Bifort, and the reshuffle of the president's private office, where he was a pivotal figure, heralds a change of direction for Félix Tshisekedi. Africa Intelligence reveals the story behind the scenes of this political incident and the investigation conducted by the intelligence services.
Since the arrest of his security adviser François Beya on 5 February, the Congolese president Félix Tshisekedi has been keeping a tight lid on the matter, fuelling furious rumours. Africa Intelligence reveals why the head of state had his master spy arrested and how it happened.
For several weeks, a dispute between one of President Felix Tshisekedi's closest advisers and the former chairman of the independent national electoral commission has been causing high-level turbulence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).