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DRC president is making all the right moves

May 6, 2019

President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has not done too badly as he closes in on his first 100 days in office. His latest move is another long overdue, but decisive, step.
By dropping the frivolous May 2016 charges against exiled Moïse Katumbi, Tshisekedi probably solidified his base, especially when his rival Martin Fayulu is calling for the Congolese to remove him from the presidency.

Katumbi, 55, is an accomplished businessman and former governor of the DRC’s richest province, Katanga. This is the part of the DRC with about 3% of the world’s cobalt and the bulk of its copper. All things being equal, he is grounded man; not perfect, but has a huge following. This is thanks to his business success and patronage of the “almighty” TP Mazembe football club.

The politics of the DRC is always about nine other countries and, by extrapolation, all of Africa.

Instability in the DRC affects north, east, west and southern Africa. It’s a large country with abundant resources: gold, diamond, copper and coltan – and that is before we consider the River Congo, which could literally light up all of Africa with hydro-power.

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