Latest reports on Zimbabwe and DRC from Africa Confidential

Latest reports on Zimbabwe and DRC from Africa Confidential

Deals that trade mining concessions for arms from Russia and China were arranged privately during the period of the coalition government by Zanu-PF leaders, who kept them from their partners in government, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDF).

Kinshasa awoke on 29 December to the sound of gunfire. It was a classic attack, in the manner of so many past African coups d’état, on the three keystones of power: the headquarters of the Radio-télévision Nationale Congolaise, Ndjili International Airport and the Colonel Tshatshi army base. By midday, President Joseph Kabila’s elite Republican Guard had restored control. Dangerous tensions remain.

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