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Tshisekedi extends olive branch to expats

Publish date: 11 February 2019
Issue Number: 810
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: DRC

Albert Tumba says he was forced to leave the DRC in 2010 for the neighbouring Republic of Congo. As a journalist, he had denounced malpractice in the Sports Ministry and had to leave with his family out of fear for his safety. Now, after a historic election in DRC, he believes his ‘long ordeal’ may come to an end. A report on the News24 site notes that he and tens of thousands of other Congolese who fled, mostly for political reasons, say that with Felix Tshisekedi now President, they can envision returning soon. On Friday, during a visit to Brazzaville, Tshisekedi invited all political exiles to come home. ‘All those who have left the country and who have been pushed into exile for political or ideological reasons are free to return home,’ Tshisekedi said. ‘To you our compatriots of the diaspora, we will create favourable conditions to put an end to everything that made you flee abroad.’

Full report on the News24 site