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DRC govt decrees 30-day curfew in south central region

AP photo   By Byobe Malenga The provincial government of the Kasai Orientale Province (south-central DRCongo) has decreed a curfew across the whole province. The decision was taken after an incursion made by troops loyal to the late Kamwina Nsapu in the Kabeya Kamwanga territory. The population has been advised to stay at home between […]

Congo’s Joseph Kabila Must Go

Issouf Sanogo/AFP   By Joe Khamisi In 2001 a clean-shaven 30-year old shy, Chinese-trained military officer, Joseph Kabila Kabange, stepped in to take power from his father, Laurent Kabila, who had died ten days earlier from a bullet fired by a child soldier at his official residence in Kinshasa.

Crisis in the Congo: DRC today mirrors the French Constitution

Alexander Joe/AFP   By Brian Minga Amza The legality of Joseph Kabila‘s Presidency after 19 December 2016 has divided the political and social sphere of society in the Democratic Republic of Congo, even after the Constitutional Court, which is regarded as the highest court of the country, ruled that “the head of state will stay in power […]

Dozens of civilians killed in latest attack by rebels in DRC

Phil Moore/AFP   By Byobe Malenga At least 60 civilians have been killed in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo following an attack by suspected rebels.

Wounded soldiers in DRC evacuated following clashes with ADF rebels

Phil Moore/AFP   By Darell Maurice Eleven Congolese soldiers and peacekeepers were injured on Monday in clashes with Ugandan rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo were finally evacuated after a failed first attempt, the UN stated.

Political pressure on Katumbi denounced ahead of DRC elections

Fiston Mahamba/AFP   By Darell Maurice Since leaving his post of governor of the mineral-rich province of Katanga, resigning from the People’s Party for Reconstruction and Democracy (PPRD) and announcing his candidacy for the Presidency of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Moïse Katumbi has become the bane of the presidential majority.

DRC national election process begins in North Ubangi

By Darell Maurice The new province of North Ubangi is currently at the centre of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s national election. The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, CENI, Cornelius Nangaa Yobeluo on Sunday launched the operation of identification and registration for voters in Gbadolite, the capital of North Ubangi.

DRC: The challenges faced by domestic workers in Goma

Paul Bettings   By Byobe Malenga A shortage of employment in various African countries is driving many people to focus on jobs such as retail and domestic work in people’s homes. In Goma, in the politically sensitive region of North Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, this trend is affecting fathers, mothers and even girls […]

Further clashes as FDLR Rwandan rebels kill eight in DRC

T.J. Kirkpatrick/Reuters   By Darell Maurice It was during a raid carried out by the Rwandan rebels, on Monday evening that the massacre was perpetrated.

Education enrolment in DRC increases by 9% in two years

By Darell Maurice In the space of two years, the enrolment rate for schools in the Democratic Republic of Congo rose from 16.5 to 18,000,000, an increase of nine percent.

DRC President under international pressure to resign

Carlo Allegri/Reuters   By Byobe Malenga Sanctions and international pressure have increased on President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Accused by the opposition of not wanting to retire after the end of his last term in December 2016, the United States and MEPs have decided to also extend warnings against the Congolese […]

Aid workers voice concern over violence and insecurity in DRC

By Darell Maurice Concerned with the ongoing deterioration of the security situation and an increase in violence against aid workers, humanitarian organizations operating in the Congolese province of North Kivu have expressed their frustration at the growing insecurity affecting as many vulnerable people as humanitarian workers.

DRC: Opposition form a united front against President Joseph Kabila

By Byobe Malenga Despite some absences, most of the Congolese opposition decided to unite in a new structure called “Rally” on the night of Thursday to Friday near Brussels. It requires the departure at the end of the year of President Joseph Kabila.

DRC release American security advisor to opposition leader

Kenny Katombe / Reuters   By Darell Maurice After a month and a half of detention, the Kinshasa authorities last week released an American ex soldier used to ensure the security of the Congolese opposition leader Moses Katumbi.

Youths on the street: The rise of democracy

John Bompengo   By Brian Minga Amza For many years, the youths have always been the playground of different society’s actors in the Democratic Republic of Congo, going from businessman, politicians, musicians…due to the excessive rate of unemployment, many of these young people developing a certain dependency toward those who society recognises as successful people, […]

Citizens of the Democratic Republic of Congo continue to pay tribute to Muhammad Ali

By Byobe Malenga DRC citizens are continuing to pay tribute to the African-American international boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who passed away on Saturday aged 74.

DRC passes law prohibiting same-sex couples adopting children

AP photo   By Darell Maurice On May 31st, the Democratic Republic of the Congo Senate adopted the draft law on adoption of children in the country. The text prohibits same-sex couples and transsexuals from adopting Congolese children.

DRC seek up to $500 million in support from World Bank

Lynsey Addario   By Darell Maurice The Democratic Republic of Congo will seek between $250 million and $500 million in budgetary support from the World Bank this year, pending a review of its economy by the International Monetary Fund next month, the government on Tuesday stated.

The genius of Papa Wemba’s music

By Byobe Malenga Known by the name of Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba, but more famously as Papa Wemba, the Congolese singer, songwriter and actor was born on June 14, 1949 in Lubefu, a Kasai-Oriental region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. On April 24, 2016 the world was saddened by the news of his […]

Secret mining deals fund presidential elections in DRC

By Byobe Malenga Secretive mining deals risk illicitly financing this year’s disputed presidential election campaign in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

DRC transport company remains on course following annual report

By Darell Maurice Michel Kirumba Director General of Transco (Transport in Congo) on Saturday presented to press and the Congolese population the company’s annual activity report.

DRC armed forces continue operation against ADF rebel troops

By Darell Maurice The commander of the third zone defense of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC), Major General Leo Mushale, said he was satisfied with the results of the army’s military operations against the Ugandan rebels of the ADF in Beni.

Over 200 MPS file petition at Constitutional Court in DRC

By Darell Maurice More than 200 Congolese MPs earlier this week filed a request at the Constitutional Court for an interpretation of Articles 70, 103 and 105 of the country’s constitution. These items are all linked to the mandates of the president, the deputy and the senator.

MONUSCO head supports call for inclusive national dialogue in DRC

By Darell Maurice Maman Sambo Sidikou, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and now head of the UN’s stabilisation mission in the country, MONUSCO, reiterated his call for the holding of a national political dialogue, but also to respect the constitution.

DRC govt continues operation to hunt ‘Kulunas’ under different name

By Darell Maurice The Congolese Government has decided to continue the hunt for ‘Kulunas‘, but will now do so under a new operational name, a decision welcomed by the population.

Former Togo PM appointed to lead national dialogue in DRC

By Darell Maurice Following the appointment by the African Union  of Edem Kodjo as facilitator of the national dialogue in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Secretary General of the Presidential Majority, Aubin Minaku, announced the imminent establishment of the dialogue preparatory committee.

DRC Senate vote on project to improve child and maternal health

By Darell Maurice A vote was recently taken by the Democratic Republic of the Congo Senate, with the unanimous result from the 63 senators present authorizing the agreement between the International Development Association (IDA) and DRC for a system to improve maternal and child health.

DRC Prime Minister addresses conference in Addis Ababa

By Darell Maurice The Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Matata Ponyo, arrived Saturday 2 April in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, at the head of a large delegation composed of the Minister of Economy, Deputy Ministers of Finance and International Cooperation.

Japan supports landmine program in DRC

By Darell Maurice Japan has donated US$2 million in support of the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) to enable it to conduct humanitarian mine action in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Ban Ki-moon worried about political stalemate in DRC

By Darell Maurice The Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon stated that he was “very concerned about the stalemate” policy in the Democratic Republic of Congo, adding his fear of a resurgence of violence in the country.