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Congo justice minister resigns after judicial reform dispute

Jul 11 2020

KINSHASA The Democratic Republic of Congo's Justice Minister Celestin Tunda tendered his resignation on Saturday in the wake of a dispute with the president over proposed laws that would give politicians more control over criminal prosecutions.

Congo virus funds embezzled by 'mafia network', says deputy minister

Jul 08 2020

KINSHASA Congo's deputy health minister has accused cabinet members of receiving kickbacks on government contracts for the coronavirus response while health workers went unpaid for months.

Congo announces end of Ebola outbreak in east, second deadliest on record

Jun 25 2020

KINSHASA The second-largest Ebola outbreak on record is over after nearly two years and more than 2,200 deaths, Democratic Republic of Congo said on Thursday, even as a separate flare-up of the virus continued on the other side of the country. | Video

Congo court sentences president's chief of staff to 20 years in prison

Jun 20 2020

KINSHASA The Democratic Republic of Congo's high court on Saturday found the president's chief of staff guilty of embezzling $48 million in public funds and sentenced him to 20 years in jail, the lead judge said.

U.N. warns of possible war crimes in northeastern Congo

May 27 2020

KINSHASA Widespread and systematic killings, beheadings, rape and other barbaric acts by militia mostly from the ethnic Lendu community in northeastern Congo may constitute crimes against humanity and war crimes, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

Congo president's chief of staff denies graft charges as trial begins

May 11 2020

KINSHASA The chief of staff to Democratic Republic of Congo's president denied all wrongdoing on Monday as his trial on charges of embezzling more than $50 million in public funds opened live on national television.

In parts of Africa, police are accused of excess force amid coronavirus lockdowns

Apr 10 2020

KINSHASA/NAIROBI Days after Congo announced emergency restrictions to curb the new coronavirus, a police video started circulating online showing an officer in the capital beating a taxi driver for violating a one-passenger limit.

Congo president's chief of staff arrested amid graft probe

Apr 08 2020

KINSHASA Vital Kamerhe, the chief of staff to the president of Democratic Republic of Congo, was arrested on Wednesday after testifying in an investigation into the alleged misappropriation of public funds, police said.

Congo closes borders, enforces state of emergency over coronavirus

Mar 24 2020

KINSHASA Congo's president closed the country's borders and imposed a state of emergency on Tuesday to contain the coronavirus outbreak, following other African nations that have imposed strict measures in recent days.

UPDATE 1-Former DR Congo health minister convicted of embezzling Ebola funds

Mar 23 2020

KINSHASA, March 23 A former health minister in the Democratic Republic of Congo was sentenced on Monday to five years in prison for embezzling more than $400,000 from the country's Ebola response funds, a court order showed.

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