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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”.

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.

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.

Another journalist is killed in Burundi

  By Sylvain Muyali Following the recent protests in Burundi as a result of President Pierre Nkurunziza controversial re-election for a third term, it has been reported that on Monday, another journalist was killed while covering events in the town of Musaga, 25 km from the nation’s capital Bujumbura.

Trial of warlord Bosco Ntaganda continues at the ICC

  By Sylvain Muyali The government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is satisfied with the opening of the trial of former warlord Bosco Ntaganda at the International Criminal Court at The Hague. The government’s spokesperson Lambert Mende on Thursday stated in the aftermath of initial proceedings that legal action will contribute to rolling […]

The current situation in Burundi calls for observation

  By Sylvain Muyali The international community has in ten years allowed an apprentice dictator and religious fanatic access to power. Through agreements, reconciliations and ‘peace’ it has not only initiated but sponsored such control, but is something it can no longer defend nor impose.

Trial of former rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda begins at the ICC

  By Sylvain Muyali Nicknamed ‘The Terminator’, General Bosco Ntaganda was one of the main perpetrators of the violence that decimated the north-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2002 and 2003. Yesterday he was at the International Criminal Court in the Hague for his trial for crimes against humanity.

Burundi President Nkurunziza already wants to revise the constitution

  By Sylvain Muyali With the third controversial term obtained, Pierre Nkurunziza, President of Burundi already wants to revise the constitution of his country. At least, he is obliged to make an adjustment to the Burundian constitution in order to form a ‘national unity government’.

President Nkurunziza sworn-in amid terror in Burundi

  By Sylvain Muyali With targeted assassinations of personalities adding to an already chaotic security situation, the people of Burundi have been living in terror since President Pierre Nkurunziza was last week sworn in for an unprecedented third term in office. Amid ongoing unreasonable searches, arrests and assassinations, the nation’s capital city Bujumbura now lives in […]

UN peacekeeping chief arrives in DRC following reopening of international flights

  By Sylvain Muyali Arriving earlier at Goma on an Ethiopian Airlines plane, Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, MONUSCO, could not hide his delight at the airport’s recent progress in the eastern part of the DRC, once a crossroads of insecurity.

President Nkurunziza of Burundi, despite international opposition, still has neighbouring support

  By Sylvain Muyali Belgian journalist Colette Braeckman, in a recent article provided her analysis on the current situation with Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza’s current insistence of running for a third term.

DRC to implement recommendations under Human Rights review

  By Sylvain Muyali Congolese Minister of Justice and Human Rights Alexis Thambwe Mwamba recently chaired a meeting on the DRC’s implementation of recommendations under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), in line with the United Nations and Human Rights Council.

Rebels clash with Congolese soldiers in transit camp

  By Sylvain Muyali Soliders from the Congolese army (FARDC) earlier this week clashed with Rwandan Hutu rebels (FDLR) held in the Kanyabayonga transit camp in the eastern province of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Revolution of 17th May 1997: The Democratic Republic of the Congo is reborn

  By Sylvain Muyali The 17th of May 1997 is a special date for Congolese citizens as it was on this day that Laurent Kabila overthrew Mobutu Sese Seko to become President and reclaim the name of their nation from Zaire to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Kabila provides assurance on future plans for the DRC

  By Sylvain Muyali President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Joseph Kabila earlier this week arranged a meeting in Kingakati, to the east of the Congolese capital Kinshasa, with politicians to discuss peace and security within the nation.

Five dead including two Tanzanian peacekeepers following rebel attack in DR Congo

  By Sylvain Muyali Five people, including two Tanzanian peacekeepers from the United Nations’ MONUSCO force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, were killed in an attack by suspected terrorists from the Ugandan rebel Islamist Allied Democratic Forces (ADF/NALU).

Ugandan rebel group leader Jamil Mukulu arrested in Tanzania

  By Sylvain Muyali Jamil Mukulu, head of the Ugandan Allied Democratic Forces (ADF / NALU) rebel group, has been arrested in the locality of Kagezi, situated on the border between the Republic of Kenya and Tanzania.

United Nations peacekeeping chiefs meet with DR Congo President and PM for talks

  By Sylvain Muyali A meeting took place last week in Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo between United Nations peacekeeping representatives and DRC officials to resolve earlier differences between MONUSCO and the Congolese army (FARDC).

EU calls for an urgent investigation into mass grave discovered in DR Congo

  By Sylvain Muyali Following the recent discovery of a mass grave in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the European Union have joined the international community in expressing their concern and have requested that an urgent investigation is undertaken.

Over 400 bodies found in DR Congo mass grave

  By Sylvain Muyali The recent discovery of a mass grave in Maluku, more than 100km from the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s capital Kinshasa is of growing concern, not only to national, but international authorities and agencies also.

Co-operation between the Congolese army and UN must resume “as soon as possible”

  By Sylvain Muyali Martin Kobler, head of MONUSCO, the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo said that its co-operation with the Congolese army was to resume “as soon as possible” to effectively fight the Rwandan Hutu FDLR rebels active in the east of the country.

UN cuts peacekeepers in DRC by 2000

  By Sylvain Muyali Despite calls from the Democratic Republic of the Congo for greater numbers to be withdrawn, the fifteen member United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution for 2000 troops to be cut from the 20,000 strong UN MONUSCO peacekeeping force.

UN peacekeeping mission in DRC under threat as withdrawal is discussed

  By Sylvain Muyali   At a meeting of the UN Security Council in New York last week, the issue of United Nations peacekeeping mission MONUSCO and its presence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was under discussion.

DRC Foreign Minister addresses UN peacekeepers’ decision to suspend support

  By Sylvain Muyali Currently, the decision of UN peacekeeping mission MONUSCO not to support the Congolese army (FARDC) in military operations against FDLR rebel troops is unclear in the media. Military observers seem to rely on the logic of things and accordingly do not appear to comprehend that such plans were designed jointly by the two institutions, […]

Rebel troops captured as military offensive in Democratic Republic of the Congo continues

  By Sylvain Muyali Following the launch of the Congolese FARDC army’s military operation against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda FDLR, thirty three rebel troops have reportedly been captured by the DRC armed forces.

Rising number of Rwandan refugees a major concern in the DRC

  By Sylvain Muyali One day following the Congolese army, FARDC‘s, launch of a military campaign for the forced disarmament of rebel FDLR troops, the fate of Rwandan refugees held hostage by the rebels became a major concern to MONUSCO, the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the National Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

DR Congo military launches offensive against Rwandan rebel group

  By Sylvain Muyali Shots from heavy weapons and machine guns were heard early Tuesday morning in the villages of Ruvuye and Mulindi, overlooking the town of Lemera, Uvira in the Democratic Republic of Congo province of South Kivu.