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DRC President Kabila remains as negotiations continue

AP photo   By Sylvain Muyali Congolese President Joseph Kabila is this week due to meet with groups of the political and social class. According to a message published on the Presidency’s twitter account, these meetings are organized to “set the stage for the implementation of the 31 December 2016 agreement”.

UN peacekeeping mandate in DRC renewed but number of troops reduced

Kenny Katombe/Reuters   By Sylvain Muyali On Friday March 31st in New York, the UN Security Council voted on Resolution 2348, recommending that the Congolese peacekeeping force MONUSCO‘s mandate be renewed for another year to prevent the intensification of violence in the DRC.

DRC: Bodies of two UN experts identified

Bilaminou Alao/MONUSCO   By Sylvain Muyali UN Secretary-General António Guterres has confirmed that the bodies discovered on Monday in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s central Kasaï province, in the centre of the country, were indeed those of the two UN experts, missing for two weeks.

DRC has a problem of political, economic and social governance

J Bento   By Sylvain Muyali Alphonse Ntumba Luaba, former Executive Secretary of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and former Congolese Minister for Human Rights, believes that the DRC has a political, economic and political governance problem.

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ICC to award compensation to victims of DRC war crimes

AFP photo   By Sylvain Muyali Judges from the International Criminal Court (ICC) could on Friday award the first sums allocated to the compensation for victims of war crimes, estimated at more than 16.4 million dollars by the lawyers of the victims of an attack on a Congolese village in 2003.

Prison break in Bukavu, DRC

Erick Bukulu   By Byobe Malenga Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo town of Bukavu have launched a man-hunt for 20 hardcore prisoners who escaped from a detention centre on Monday.

South Sudan refugee crisis escalates: Uganda and region in urgent need of assistance

UNHCR photo   By Male Daniel Eight months after fresh violence erupted in South Sudan, a famine produced by the vicious combination of fighting and drought is now driving the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis.

19 killed in DRC traffic accident

Mussa Mwangoka   By Byobe Malenga A FUSO brand vehicle from the Sebele market to the city of Baraka earlier this week overturned in the village of Kakomba, 8 kilometers south of Baraka in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Fizi Territory, carrying passengers and cargo.

Hateful, toxic rhetoric creating a dangerous and divided world

Mario Tama/AFP   By Amnesty International Politicians using toxic rhetoric, reminiscent of the 1930s, are creating a dangerous and divided world, said human rights NGO Amnesty International as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world.

South Sudan refugees pass 1.5 million

B. Gezahegne   By Male Daniel The United Nation High Commission for Refugees stated that South Sudan has become Africa’s largest refugee crisis “With no solution in sight, refugee numbers from South Sudan crossing the 1.5 million mark.”

101 M23 rebels arrested in Uganda on way to Congo

Jerome Delay/AP   By Gloria Nakiyimba Ugandan security has thwarted an attempt by 101 former M23 combatants to sneak back into the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Will the world remain the same in 2017?

AFP photo   By Ogunniyi Abayomi The human story is formulated by birth to planet earth via the womb, the adventure that defines what was hidden from our consciousness exploring every event that unfolds our destination within the realm of existence.

Totalitarian dominance within African Democracy

By Ogunniyi Abayomi The recent Ghanaian election was observed as the exemplary illustration of a democratic state within its sphere of power. The display of maturity during the election between President Mahama over the loss of the presidential seat to Nana Akufo-Addo exhibited the total value demonstrated for the satisfaction of the masses, rather than […]

‘I was forced to kill my best friend’, former DRC child soldier says

Antony Njuguna/Reuters   By Lin Taylor It was during an ordinary game of soccer when Michel Chikwanine was abducted at age 5 by rebel soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo and recruited into the army.

African unity and the post colonial instability of African states

Kenny Katombe/Reuters   By Ogunniyi Abayomi The declaration of India as an independent state on the 15th of August 1947 enacted the struggle and movement of independence across African states.

Africa hobbling out of the International Criminal Court

Reuters photo   By Joe Khamisi Africa, it seems, has begun the long-talked about process of withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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 […]

Congo death toll hits 44 in anti Kabila unrest

Kenny Katombe/Reuters   By Kenny Katombe and Benoit Nyemba At least 44 people – including 37 demonstrators and six police officers – have been killed in protests over Congolese President Joseph Kabila‘s perceived bid to extend his rule, Human Rights Watch (HRW) stated.

Oil: Will Kenya be a victim of the ‘African Curse’?

By Joe Khamisi Less than one year from now Kenya will be exporting its first barrel of oil.

Warlords, please leave South Sudan alone!

Camille Lepage   By Joe Khamisi  If reports from Juba are to be analyzed objectively, South Sudan, dubbed Africa’s youngest nation, may be on the verge of a fresh ethnic conflagration and possible economic collapse.

Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing

Guang Niu   By Cynthia M. Lardner Genocide and ethnic cleansing, forms of Scientific Racism, have been around since the beginning of time. Since the Holocaust, various conventions and treaties have been entered into making genocide a crime and ethnic cleansing a crime against humanity. International tribunals have been created, at great expense, to acknowledge […]

Justice, Security and Rule of Law: International Criminal Law

By Cynthia M. Lardner International criminal tribunals have been created to redress the harm done to millions of victims as a result of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes, to provide reparations, and to act as a deterrent. Vested with the authority to proceed when nations are unable to effectively adjudicate matters internally and […]

Trial delayed of rebel Ugandan LRA commander indicted on war crimes

Sam Farmar   By Gloria Nakiyimba The pre-trial hearing of Thomas Kwoyelo, a senior commander in the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) group, indicted on war crimes in Uganda, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo between 1987 and 2008, flopped on Monday after defense lawyers failed to show up in court in the […]

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.