Mining in the Congo

  • Patience Kabamba
  • Christine Doidge
Living reference work entry

On July 6, 2013, a public relations representative for Banro Corporation – a Canadian gold mining company whose current projects, as of 2014, lie along the Twangiza-Namoya gold belt in the South Kivu and Maniema provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo – met and discussed relations between the firm and local elders of Luwinda, a city 59 km north of Bukavu. Like many mining companies in the Congo, Banro Corporation gained gold concession in the DRC when Laurent Kabila, a rebel fighting to overthrow the Mobutu government, marched toward Kinshasa in 1996–1997, spurring the First Congo War. When Mobutu fled to Morocco on May 17, 2007, Laurent Kabila became the third president of the DRC and promptly decided to renegotiate all contracts signed while a rebel leader. As a result, Banro Corp. lost their contract and took the government of the Congo to court in New York. Banro Corp. won the suit and, through negotiation with the new government of the Congo under Laurent Kabila’s son,...


Democratic Republic Mining Company Informal Economy Mining Sector Armed Group 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anthropology University MuseumUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaPA
  2. 2.Marymount Manhattan CollegeNew YorkUSA