Wednesday 26 July 2017
(AFP (eng) 07/26/17)
The United Nations named three international experts on Wednesday to investigate atrocities in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, some of which have involved government troops. Experts from Senegal, Canada and Mauritania will be tasked with investigating the massacres in Kasai, according to a statement from the UN's human rights body, the OHCHR. President Joseph Kabila's administration rejected a proposal to send an independent mission there to investigate the violence. Under the compromise deal, Kinshasha will cooperate with the investigators who will in turn share their information with the authorities. And anyone suspected of involvement in the killings will be tried in Congo's courts. Government troops, militia fighters and police officers have...
(AFP (eng) 07/26/17)
Two Agence France-Presse (AFP) journalists were briefly detained and maltreated in the Democratic Republic of Congo capital Kinshasa on Tuesday by three men who presented themselves as military intelligence officers. After arriving to conduct an interview with the head of Kinshasa's main hospital -- as part of coverage of a doctors' strike -- the two journalists were seized by three people who identified themselves as agents of the Military Detection of Anti-National Activities service (DEMIAP). "Three people in civilian clothes presented themselves as military intelligence officers and took away
(Reuters (Eng) 07/26/17)
The United Nations accused "elements" of the Congolese army on Tuesday of digging most of the mass graves it has identified in the insurrection-ravaged Kasai region of central Democratic Republic of Congo. The report by the U.N. Joint Human Rights Office in Congo (UNJHRO) is the first time the United Nations has directly suggested that government forces dug the graves. Congo's human rights minister was not immediately available for comment but the government has repeatedly denied its troops were responsible...
(Caj News Africa 07/25/17)
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THE international community has come under fire for ignoring the plight of millions affected by raging violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A year of conflict in the Central African country has led to serious human rights abuses and displaced some 1,4 million people throughout the entire Kasai region. This has pushed the number of internally displaced people (IDPs) to 3,8 million, which is the worst toll in Africa. The violence in the five provinces that make up the Kasai region has also pushed thousands of children out of school.
(Radio Vatican 07/25/17)
Residents of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo have staged a week-long silent protest intended to send a message to the kidnappers of two Catholic priests kidnapped Sunday 16 July from a parish of Bunyuka. Activity in the area came to a complete standstill as residents shunned farms and public spaces. Silence marked entire villages. It was the least they could do in the face of all manner of gunmen. Bishop Sikuli Paluku Melchisédech of Butembo-Beni, who confirmed the silent protest to Vatican Radio said that Fathers Charles Kipasa and Jean-Pierre Akilimali...
(AfricaNews 07/25/17)
Angola has deported 300 Congolese illegal immigrants living in the northern province of Cabinda over the past week. According to the Angolan news agency Angop, the deportees were repatriated through three borders shared with the Democratic Republic of Congo and Congo Brazzaville. Also, 54 nationals of the DR Congo and 8 from Congo Brazzaville are in detention for violation of the Angolan border, the report added. On Friday, the director of the Migration and Foreigners Service (SME) in Cabinda, Firmino de Jesus Samavie ordered illegal immigrants to leave Cabinda immediately or face the penalty. He also warned Angolans against harbouring illegal immigrants and appealed to employers to either desist from offering jobs to illegal...
(Voice of America 07/25/17)
European and African ministers are meeting in Tunisia about efforts to regulate the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe, primarily along the deadly central Mediterranean route originating in Libya. In a declaration Monday in Tunis, the capital, the ministers said they agreed on a multi-pronged approach to the crisis, including informing people about the risks of illegal migration and the possibility of voluntarily returning home, addressing why migrants leave home and beefing up actions against human traffickers. Participating in...
(AFP (eng) 07/24/17)
The Congolese opposition on Saturday unveiled a rolling programme of strikes and civil disobedience aimed at forcing President Joseph Kabila from power. The announcement was made after two days of opposition talks in Kinshasa amid concerns that Kabila, in power since 2001, is seeking to remain in place in defiance of constitutional limits. Elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo are due this year under a transitional deal aimed at avoiding fresh political violence in the sprawling country of 71...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/21/17)
KINSHASA (Reuters) - Civil service leaders called a strike in Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday, demanding pay rises to help workers cope with a mounting economic crisis. The franc has lost 40 percent of its value in the past year, with a particularly sharp decline over the past week, amid political turmoil and persistently low prices for Congo's key commodity exports. Inflation is expected to top 30 percent this year, but wages remain unchanged. The government had agreed to...
(AFP (eng) 07/21/17)
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will expand from 16 to 24 teams and be staged in June and July, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Thursday. The tournament has traditionally been held in January and February, with the timing of the tournament a source of frustration to European clubs forced to release players in the middle of the season. The CAF executive committee confirmed the changes to the format following a two-day symposium in Rabat, although the...
(AFP (eng) 07/20/17)
The United States on Wednesday berated African countries for backing a bid by the Democratic Republic of Congo to win a seat on the UN Human Rights Council, saying the move would fuel the conflict in the African country. The Geneva-based rights council is investigating atrocities allegedly committed by the DRCongo's forces and militias in the Kasai region, where more than 80 mass graves have been uncovered. US Ambassador Nikki Haley said the decision to put forward the DRCongo as...
(The Guardian 07/20/17)
The president currently clinging to power in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and his family have a vast network of businesses reaching into almost every sector of the country’s economy that are thought to have generated hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues since 2003, according to a report. Joseph Kabila was supposed to step down last year after 16 years as president, but has refused to go, arguing that his country cannot afford to hold elections. All the...
(AfricaNews 07/20/17)
The United States envoy to the United Nations, Ambassador Nikki Haley, has launched a scathing attack on Africa. She accused the continent of ‘an inexcusable failure’ to act on the security issues dogging Africa. Her comments were in response to the nomination of the Democratic Republic of Congo for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council. She said such positions “weakened” the body and could fuel conflict, AFP news agency reports. Ambassador Haley who was addressing a meeting of...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/20/17)
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Africa's major central banks are entering an easing cycle as they try to stimulate growth after months of drought, austerity drives and confidence issues across the continent, a Reuters poll found on Thursday. Much of southern and eastern Africa is still recovering after an El Niño-related drought wilted crops last year. Poor business confidence in South Africa and foreign exchange restrictions in Nigeria have also hampered growth. "We expect that African monetary policy is entering a widespread...
(AFP (eng) 07/19/17)
Five UN peacekeepers' bases in the Democratic Republic of Congo are to close at the end of July, the UN mission there announced Wednesday, describing it as a change in operational style. But the closures come against the background of cuts to the overall peacekeeping budget pushed through under pressure from the United States. The bases, all in the restive eastern province of Nord Kivu, on the border with Rwanda and Uganda, will close by July 31, according to a...
(AFP (eng) 07/19/17)
UN experts say they are not ruling out the possible involvement of Democratic Republic of Congo state security forces in the murder of two of their colleagues. In a confidential report seen by AFP on Tuesday, the group of experts says it has conducted preliminary analysis of phone records, a video and interviews on the March 12 murder of American Michael Sharp and Swedish-Chilean Zaida Catalan. "The preliminary evidence does not yet allow the group to attribute responsibility for the murder," reads the report by the experts to the Security Council. "However, the available evidence does not preclude the involvement of different actors, such as pro- or anti-government Kamwina...
(Bloomberg 07/19/17)
Zoe Kabila, the brother of Congolese President Joseph Kabila, owns a business empire that encompasses everything from tourism to mining. His companies have sold diamonds, owned a luxury hotel on Congo’s Atlantic coast, built roads, invested in farming, set up a fast-food franchise and printed driver’s licenses, according to a review of corporate filings obtained by Bloomberg. That’s in addition to contracts and partnerships with Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. and Nzuri Copper Ltd. Zoe’s businesses, along with those of his siblings,...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/19/17)
Two United Nations sanctions monitors in Democratic Republic of Congo discussed their travel plans with family representatives of a late militia leader the day before they were murdered while investigating the group, according to a confidential report seen by Reuters on Tuesday. However, U.N. investigators say they cannot yet lay blame for the murders based on the preliminary evidence. American Michael Sharp, coordinator of the independent monitoring group, and Swede Zaida Catalan were killed in central Congo on March 12...
(Bloomberg 07/19/17)
Vodacom Group Ltd. sees the expansion of mobile-banking services into new markets in sub-Saharan Africa as a top priority following a shareholder vote to rubber stamp its purchase of a 35 percent stake in Safaricom Ltd., Kenya’s biggest company. “We will use Safaricom to enter other markets where neither Vodacom nor Safaricom are,” Chief Executive Officer Shameel Joosub said in an interview at the wireless carrier’s annual general meeting in Johannesburg on Tuesday. The two businesses have a combined 30...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/18/17)
KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese President Joseph Kabila has replaced the national police chief of police and the police commander in the capital Kinshasa, as security concerns rise following his refusal to step down when his mandate expired. Mass prison breaks, kidnappings, rising militia violence and surging lawlessness since Kabila failed to step down in December have raised fears Democratic Republic of Congo could slip back into the chaos and conflict of the turn of the century that killed millions. About...

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