DRC President Joseph Kabila. (File picture: Reuters)

Clashes between protesters demanding the departure of President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and security forces on Monday have left at least one police officer and one civilian dead, Reuters reported.

Following an announcement earlier this month by the national electoral commission that no election would take place until April 2019, activists in Goma, in the east, called for a general strike on Monday.

Kabila’s mandate expired last December but he has been unwilling to step down.

Unrest broke out early Monday morning as protesters barricaded roads and burned tyres, with a local journalist witnessing a police officer being beaten to death.

Gunfire was heard for several hours as reports of the civilian’s death filtered through.

- African News Agency (ANA)