Thursday 19 October 2017
(AFP (eng) 10/18/17)
The crises in DR Congo, Central African Republic, Burundi and South Sudan are expected to come under the microscope at a 12-nation summit in Brazzaville on Thursday, officials say. The summit will gather heads of state or government from Angola, Burundi, CAR, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Security officials, military chiefs and foreign ministers held ground-clearing meetings on Sunday and Monday in the Republic of Congo's capital. The group is called the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), which last met at summit level in June 2016.
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
The Democratic Republic of Congo was elected to the UN Human Rights Council on Monday despite opposition from the United States and a leading rights group. DR Congo was among the 15 countries who won seats during a vote at the UN General Assembly. They will serve on the 47-member council from January 2018 through the end of 2020. Kinshasa now finds itself in the rare position of sitting on the Geneva-based council while the body investigates allegations of killings, torture, rape and the use of child soldiers in the Kasai region of the DR Congo. The United Nations is also taking part in a separate investigation into the murder of two UN experts who were killed in March while...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/17/17)
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo was among 15 countries elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council for a three-year term on Monday, a moved criticized by Britain, the United States and rights groups after the vote by the 193-member General Assembly. While Congo was elected uncontested to the 47-member Geneva-based council, it still needed majority support. The country - beset by renewed political and militia violence since President Joseph Kabila refused to step down in December...
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
Though its motto is "one Africa, one voice", the reality of "Africa's parliament" could not be more different. Since its creation in 2004, the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has struggled to make its voice heard, prompting its deputies to ask themselves at a recent gathering: "What are we for?" "Every time we're here, we obsess over the same things. If we are not making laws, then what's the point of being here?" Corneille Padonou of Benin said to his fellow parliamentarians...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/16/17)
GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - The bodies of 26 people believed killed after an ambush last week in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have been discovered, most of them with their hands tied and their necks broken, a local chief said on Sunday. The victims disappeared a week ago after they were ambushed by militants on a main road in North Kivu’s restive Beni territory, where more than 800 people were killed in dozens of massacres between 2014...
(AFP (eng) 10/13/17)
Beset by ethnic divisions, political tensions and bloody fighting in its east, Democratic Republic of Congo faces fresh challenges in the coming months over feared delays to eagerly-awaited presidential elections. Concern about the timetable has created "tensions and a climate of uncertainty," the UN's envoy to DR Congo, Maman Sidikou, warned the Security Council on Wednesday. "The impact of the deterioration of the security situation on the lives of civilian populations is clearly visible," he said. The vast country is theoretically scheduled to vote for a new head of state by the end of 2017, under a hard-won accord brokered by the Catholic church last New Year's Eve.
(AFP (eng) 10/13/17)
Hopes the Democratic Republic of Congo could end months of crisis and reach a deal on holding presidential elections have faded after the poll was delayed to at least early 2019. President Joseph Kabila's second and final mandate ended December 20 last year with no sign of him stepping down. Elections were due to be held this year under a deal aimed at avoiding fresh political bloodshed but after repeated delays the Independent National Electoral Commission announced Wednesday it will...
(AFP (eng) 10/12/17)
The election to pick DR Congo's next president will not happen before early 2019, the electoral commission said Wednesday, a delay that raises fresh security worries in the vast African nation. Polls were due this year under a transitional deal aimed at avoiding fresh political bloodshed after President Joseph Kabila refused to step down when his second mandate ended in December. But the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) said Wednesday it would need another 504 days to prepare for the vote after the completion of an electoral census, which is far from accomplished...
(AFP (eng) 10/11/17)
Seven people, including a police officer, were killed Wednesday in an attack, attributed to a Rwandan Hutu militia, on a village in Democratic Republic of Congo's restive east, local officials said. The Hutu rebel group Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) attacked the village of Bwiza in troubled North Kivu province, said army spokesman Guillaume Ndjike Kaiko. "The FDLR attacked a police station. A police officer was killed and several civilians died" before the army intervened and "routed"...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/11/17)
KINSHASA (Reuters) - A long-delayed election in Democratic Republic of Congo to replace President Joseph Kabila cannot take place until at least April 2019, the electoral commission said, a schedule certain to enrage opponents who say Kabila is clinging to power. The polls were originally scheduled for November 2016. The schedule outlined by the electoral commission would torpedo an agreement between Kabila’s representatives and his opponents that the election would take place before the end of this year. Dozens of...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/10/17)
GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Militants attacked two military bases in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday, killing two U.N. peacekeepers and injuring several others, the U.N. mission and the army said. The mission, known as MONUSCO, said it had deployed attack helicopters in response to the raid, and the army said it was battling militants along the main road leading from North Kivu province’s Beni territory to the Uganda border. The fighting, which began this weekend,...
(AFP (eng) 10/06/17)
Three suspected tribal militiamen were killed and two UN soldiers slightly wounded Friday when the armed men attacked a UN military base in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a UN source said. "At around 4:00 am (0200 GMT), a group of armed men, probably Mai-Mai, attacked the MONUSCO (UN mission in the DRC) position" near central Lubero, General Bernard Commins, deputy chief of the UN troops in the restive country, announced. When UN soldiers fought back, "three (assaillants) were killed...
(AFP (eng) 10/05/17)
Ten fighters were killed Thursday when the army launched a pre-dawn attack on a militia in the restive eastern region of Democratic Republic of Congo, a military spokesman said. The assault targeted a group called the Mai-Mai Mazembe, which had taken up position in Kapanga, a locality in the Lubero district on the border with Uganda, the official said. "They have been dislodged. We found 10 corpses," Lieutenant Jules Tshikudi, a spokesman for the army in North Kivu province, told...
(APA 10/04/17)
APA Kinshasa (DR Congo) - The delegation of the European Union (EU) to the DR Congo announced in a statement issued Friday in Kinshasa the suspension until further notice of the visa stickers on Congolese semi-biometric passports. This bid follows the decision of the Congolese government to withdraw semi-biometric passports from October 16, 2017. The EU delegation explained that a "visa can only be issued on a passport with at least three months validity, and since the semi-biometric passports of...
(AFP (eng) 10/03/17)
Several thousand people have fled to Zambia in the past month to escape violence in Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN said Tuesday. The UN refugee agency said 3,360 people from DR Congo's conflict-wracked southeast had entered Zambia since August 30, the largest influx of its kind in the past five years. People "are escaping inter-ethnic clashes, as well as fighting between Congolese security forces and militia groups," UNHCR spokesman Andrej Mahecic told reporters in Geneva. Those arriving in Zambia described escaping "extreme brutality, with civilians being killed, women raped, property looted and houses set alight," he said. Most of those fleeing come from the northern Katanga and Tanganyika regions.
(AFP (eng) 10/03/17)
With a dangerous political standoff over elections still unresolved in the Democratic Republic of Congo, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is urging caution over further cuts to the UN peacekeeping mission there, according to a confidential report obtained by AFP on Monday. Guterres told the Security Council that more cost-cutting could hamstring the 18,000-strong MONUSCO force in its efforts to prevent a collapse of the vast, mineral-rich African country. In a 27-page strategic review of MONUSCO, the UN's largest and...
(AFP (eng) 10/03/17)
At least 16 members of a militia group have been killed in the troubled North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a military source said Monday. The militia group had been engaged in intense fighting against the Congolese army since Friday, when at least four militiamen died. Army spokesman Jules Tshikudi told AFP that Congolese soldiers killed seven others on Sunday and the bodies of five Mai-Mai, a self-described "self-defence" group, were recovered on Monday. "The situation is...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/02/17)
KINSHASA (Reuters) - A military cargo plane crashed in Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital Kinshasa on Saturday, killing its 12 crew members, the defense minister said. “I confirm that a military aircraft crashed this morning,” said Defense Minister Crispin Atama Tabe. “All 12 members of the crew died.” According to an army officer who witnessed the incident, the cargo plane caught fire shortly after taking off from Kinshasa’s N‘djili Airport and crashed in a nearby reserve controlled by the military’s...
(AFP (eng) 09/26/17)
The United Nations said it is "gravely concerned by the use of lethal force" by Congolese security forces during a public protest in which a young girl died. The defence and security forces reportedly fired warning shots to disperse demonstrators in Bukavu in the east of the country on Monday, according to MONUSCO, the UN's peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It said an eight-year-old girl on her way to school was reportedly hit by a stray bullet...
(Bloomberg 09/26/17)
The Democratic Republic of Congo has made “irreversible” progress in preparing credible and peaceful elections, President Joseph Kabila told the United Nations, without giving a date for the vote whose delay has spurred violent protests. Speaking before the UN General Assembly on Sept. 23, Kabila said that 42 million of an estimated 45 million eligible voters have been registered. An ongoing “series of evaluations of the electoral process” should permit the “forthcoming publication” of the electoral calendar by the election...

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