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24 mai 2019 | 19h15 UTC

DRC: Remains of opposition leader to be repatriated to Kinshasa May 30

DR Congo Alerte de sécurité

Remains of opposition leader Étienne Tshisekedi to be repatriated to Kinshasa May 30; heightened security presence and traffic disruptions likely over coming week

TIMEFRAME expected from 24/5/2019, 12h00 until 1/6/2019, 11h59 (Africa/Kinshasa). COUNTRY/REGION Kinshasa


The remains of opposition leader Étienne Tshisekedi are expected to be returned to Kinshasa on Thursday, May 30. Several events have been scheduled as a tribute to Tshisekedi, including on Friday, May 31, at the Martyrs Stadium, as well as on Saturday, June 1, with a High Mass, also at Martyrs Stadium. The burial of Tshisekedi is slated to take place that Saturday at the cemetery of Nsele.

A heightened security presence, large crowds, and associated traffic disruptions are likely in Kinshasa over the coming week.


Étienne Tshisekedi, the father of the current President Felix Tshisekedi, died in Brussels in February 2017. His body has remained in Brussels since his death due to political tensions with the former regime of ex-President Joseph Kabila.


Individuals in Kinshasa are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid large public gatherings as a precaution, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.


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