DR Congo army foils ‘coup attempt’

DR Congo army foils ‘coup attempt’

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) army says it has repelled an attempted coup d’etat.

The army said Congolese and foreign fighters were involved in the coup which was reportedly thwarted on Sunday morning.

Sylvain Ekenge, the DRC army spokesperson, spoke in a televised address on the state-run RTNC TV.

“An attempted coup d’etat has been put down by the defence and security forces. The attempt involved foreigners and Congolese. These foreigners and Congolese have been put out of action, including their leader,” Ekenge said.

Ekenge said several suspects have been detained and the “situation is now under control”.

The army spokesperson did not give further information about the incident.

His statement comes hours after armed men attacked the house of Vital Kamerhe, former chief of staff and close ally of President Felix Tshisekedi.

Kamerhe’s residence is about two kilometres from the presidential palace.

Michel Muhima, Kamerhe’s spokesperson, had said the gunmen clad in military uniform engaged the politician’s guards in a shootout, leaving three people dead.

Muhima said two of the deceased were police officers attached to Kamerhe while the other was one of the attackers.

The unrest in the country comes amid a dispute in the ruling party over the postponement of an election for the leadership of the country’s national assembly.

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President Tshisekedi met with parliamentarians and party leaders on Friday in a bid to resolve the crisis.

Tshisekedi was reelected as president in December 2023.