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  • Danny Mulenda


Recent events in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, have been marked by significant political and social turmoil. On May 19, 2024, the Congolese army successfully thwarted an attempted coup near the presidential palace and other key locations in the city. The coup attempt led to the deaths of three individuals and the arrest of approximately 50 people, including several foreign nationals. The coup was reportedly led by Christian Malanga, a naturalized American and former Congolese political figure, who was killed during the confrontation. This incident has heightened tensions within Kinshasa and has drawn international attention, particularly from the United States and the United Nations, who have expressed concerns and condemned the actions involved​ (The Defense Post)​​ (ZimEye)​.

In addition to the coup attempt, Kinshasa has been experiencing unrest due to ongoing protests against the government. On May 20, 2024, police clashed with opposition protesters who were demonstrating against alleged irregularities in voter registration processes and the high cost of living. The protesters, led by prominent opposition figures such as Moise Katumbi and Martin Fayulu, accuse President Felix Tshisekedi of corruption and mismanagement. The clashes resulted in the use of tear gas by the police and the arrest of several demonstrators. These events underscore the growing dissatisfaction among the population and the challenges facing Tshisekedi's administration as it prepares for the upcoming presidential elections scheduled for December 2024​ (Africanews)​.

The security situation in Kinshasa remains volatile, with heightened measures being taken to maintain order. Streets near the Palais de la Nation were temporarily closed following the coup attempt, and the city has seen an increased military presence. The failed coup and the ongoing protests reflect deep-seated political and social tensions in the Democratic Republic of Congo, highlighting the urgent need for effective governance and political stability in the region​ (DR Congo LiveMap)​.

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