Fatshi chooses peace over mines
Announced with great fanfare by theorganisers of Mining Indaba longweeks before the event, FelixTshisekedi’s visit to Cape Town todiscuss the changes in the DRC sincehe came to power did not take place.

The Congolese president finally had totravel to Luanda for the DRC-AngolaUganda-Rwanda quadripartite summit to try to consolidate the peace processin the Great Lakes region. The meeting between the heads of state of the fourcountries, Félix Tshisekedi, JoaoLourenço, Yoweri Museveni and Paul Kagame was to clarify the terms of thepeace agreement between Uganda andRwanda which was concluded lastsummer after months of violence at the border between the two countries.Despite the president’s absence,the DRC was represented by a large delegation at Indaba Mining. The latterwas led by Prime Minister SylvestreIlunga and the Minister of Mines,Willy Kitobo Samsoni, but was alsomade up of emissaries from most ofthe country’s provinces, this year allgathered in the same pavilion, theFEC and many other operators. In theend, Gécamines was absent from thedelegation. Most of its leaders, notablyits president Albert Yuma, who is usedto the rhetoric of Indaba Mining, didnot come. The consequences of theVentora affair?

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