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Rebel leader escapes in DRC prison raid

Reuters photo   By Sylvain Muyali Malaka prison in the DRC’s capital Kinshasa, which houses more than 7,000 detainees, was set on fire early Wednesday morning in an attack that the Congolese authorities attributed to Bundu dia Kongo (BDK) militiamen. This resulted in the escape of the BDK’s leader Ne Muanda Nsemi and at least […]

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”.

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 […]

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.

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.

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.

UN calls on DRC to defuse political situation ahead of elections

By Darell Maurice The head of the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) last week urged the Congolese authorities to “defuse” the situation in order to create favorable conditions for political dialogue in the remaining months before President Joseph Kabila‘s term comes to an end.

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 […]

Africa political opposition groups in limbo

Dai Kurokawa   By Joe Khamisi  The role of the opposition in democracies all over the world is to question the government of the day and to hold it accountable. Thus, opposition parties require space, freedom, and opportunities to allow them time to prepare alternative programmes in readiness for the day they would take over.

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, […]

ICC request minimum 25 years for Bemba’s war crimes in Central African Republic

Michael Kooren By Darell Maurice The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) last week requested “at least 25 years” imprisonment against former Congolese Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba for the murders and rapes committed by his militia in Central African Republic between 2002 and 2003.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Electoral Commission files petition to delay presidential election in DRC

By Darell Maurice The President of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cornelius Nangaa Yobeluo will file a petition with the Constitutional Court for a delay in the organization of the country’s presidential and legislative elections scheduled for November 2016.

New Central African President Touadéra meets with Kabila in DRC

By Darell Maurice Congolese President Joseph Kabila held discussions with his Central African counterpart, Faustin-Archange Touadéra on his vision for the Central African crisis to enable it to cope with the problems in his country, during a meeting earlier this week at the Palace of the Nation in Kinshasa.

President orders full reopening of DRC-Rwanda border

By Darell Maurice The President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila last week ordered the full reopening of the country’s border with Rwanda.

DRC and Egypt promote bilateral relations

By Darell Maurice In addition to the unwavering support of the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to the DRC stabilization efforts, it has been confirmed that the new Suez Canal will be connected to the Grand Inga.

Will the 2016 DRC elections actually take place?

By Darell Maurice 2016 is expected to be the election year in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but may actually pass by without this happening as Independent National Electoral Commission, CENI, appear unable to organize an election for November of this year.

Former Togo PM to facilitate dialogue with DRC

By Darell Maurice The former Prime Minister of Togo, Edem Kodjo, was recently appointed by the African Union to follow the dialogue convened by Joseph Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Call to cease oil activity around oldest natural park in Africa

By Darell Maurice The British NGO Global Witness calls on the Congolese and Ugandan authorities to “prevent” any oil activity near the Virunga National Park, the oldest park in Africa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in a statement released last week.

9% of the DRC population in need of humanitarian assistance

By Darell Maurice Almost 9% of the population of the Democratic Republic of Congo is in need of humanitarian assistance in 2016, according to the “Humanitarian Response Plan 2016” for this country released earlier by the United Nations.