State auditors pore over Congo Airways accounts
The financial authorities are currently going through the national airline's finances with a fine-tooth comb and claim to have detected a certain number of alleged irregularities.
Namoya Mine personnel have accused the DRC entrepreneur of not keeping his promises on jobs and the resumption of operations at the gold mine. Meanwhile, former deputy mines minister Victor Kasongo is laying claim to ownership of the site.
The Congolese army is using new Emirati-made armoured vehicles to bolster its defences around the city of Goma, which is surrounded by M23 rebels. Cooperation between Abu Dhabi and Kinshasa has increased in recent months.
The oil firm is exasperated by manoeuvres by representatives of the Congolese state, a minority shareholder in its DR Congo subsidiary. A director and cousin of President Félix Tshisekedi is seeking to take control of the company.
United Bank for Africa has renewed its financing for the DRC state-owned oil company, but halved the amount it is providing. The funds could be used to purchase petroleum products from Angola's Sonangol.
Kinshasa raised the issue of alleged sexual violence carried out by South African peacekeepers in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo during a visit by the head of the UN Department of Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix
At Washington's request, the Democratic Republic of Congo has reluctantly agreed to consider dialogue with Rwanda, but only if the latter ceases its military presence on Congolese soil. Kinshasa is at the same time maintaining its war rhetoric and trying to reboot its military campaign against M23 rebels.
The names of several members of President Félix Tshisekedi's family keep quietly cropping up in connection with artisanal mining in Lualaba. Some of the sites invaded by artisanal miners last year are owned by Kazakhstan's Eurasian Resources Group.
The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, is due to visit Kinshasa in February to discuss the details of MONUSCO's withdrawal from Ituri and North Kivu.
On 19 January, the Canadian mining firm Loncor Gold was surprised to learn that it had been singled out by Paul Mabolia Yenga, the boss of the mining cadastre office CAMI.
Company bosses in DR Congo are unanimous in their assertion that they were subjected to a record number of tax inspections by the various financial authorities in 2023. They have long denounced what they see as "harassment".
The Southern African Development Community has sent several hundred soldiers to eastern DR Congo, the first instalment of a force to be deployed there at the request of President Félix Tshisekedi. But the deployment is suffering delays, and operations against M23 rebels have not yet got under way.
China is ramping up its military and industrial presence in the DRC, driven by the Congolese military's substantial needs in its fight against M23 rebels in the east. In doing so, Beijing is also consolidating its long-established influence in the country.
President Félix Tshisekedi, sworn in for a second term on 20 January, is busy working on the make up of his new cabinet. It is understood that there are to be fewer senior advisers, currently numbering 13.
The European Union's failure to officially congratulate Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi for his re-election following the 20 December vote did not go down well with the head of state's entourage.
Robert Friedland's group managed to transport its copper via the Angolan port of Lobito late last month. It has thus won its logistical gamble and is one step ahead of its competitors.
Primera Gold has a monopoly on the trade and export of artisanal gold from the eastern province thanks to a partnership between the DRC and UAE. But it has not been able to stem the flow of illicit gold to neighbouring countries.
The South African boss of the Swiss trading and mining giant is counting on two righthand men and a close-knit new team of managers to usher in a new era and turn the page on old corruption cases.
French President Emmanuel Macron's new Africa adviser Jérémie Robert is due in Kinshasa for Félix Tshisekedi's inauguration on 20 January.
The Congolese authorities are busy organising the swearing-in ceremony for [...]
Despite being appointed DR Congo ambassador to Paris and Monaco in August, Emile Ngoy Kasongo has still not been able to present his credentials to the French authorities. The reason? The government reshuffle currently underway in Paris.
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