Comoros, DRC discuss coup bid

2013-05-04 11:27
President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila. (Picture: AFP)

President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila. (Picture: AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Kinshasa - The foreign minister of the Comoros met Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila on Friday to discuss the alleged involvement of Congolese nationals in the Indian Ocean state's latest coup attempt.

An official at the presidency simply said Mohamed Bacri had come to reinforce bilateral relations but a source close to Kabila had said a failed 20 April attempt to topple the Comoran government topped the agenda.

Fifteen people have been arrested in the Comoros on suspicion of attempting to "overthrow the democratically-elected authorities" of the tiny coup-prone archipelago.

The source close to the presidency in Kinshasa told AFP on condition of anonymity that Bacri wanted to discuss "the alleged involvement of six Congolese nationals in the coup attempt".

"His visit should make it possible to identify these individuals," he added.

Bacri remained mum on the issue after his meeting with Kabila.


Sources close to the investigation into the alleged coup against President Ikililou Dhoinine had said that a colonel by the name of Kombe Am-Joris, was among seven foreigners in the group of 15 suspected plotters.

Among the Comorans in the group - and described as the leader - is Mahamoud Ahmed Abdallah, the son of former president Ahmed Abdallah who was killed in a 1989 coup.

A ruling party official, Mohamed Halifa, had also said that the group of 15 included foreign mercenaries, including one individual with ties to the late Bob Denard, France's most notorious soldier of fortune.

Denard organised the coup that toppled Mahamoud Ahmed Abdallah's father only months after he became the tiny nation's first president in 1975.

He also masterminded the coup that brought him back to power in 1978 as well as the one that eventually killed him in 1989.

It is thought Denard may have shot Abdallah himself although that could never be proven.

Read more on:    joseph kabila  |  comoros  |  drc  |  central africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Meet instagram star, Pumpkin the racoon

With 300 000 followers and growing Pumpkin is winning over the internet!



The cats that cost R35 000
Miley Cyrus can’t get enough of her new puppy
13 guilty pets
Meet SA's top poacher-catcher

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

In order to really connect to your feelings, you need to quieten your mind. Let go of expectations and connect to the moment more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.