Wednesday 23 August 2017
(Xinhuanet 08/23/17)
China is dedicated to enhancing its cooperation with Africa in human resource development through knowledge and technology transfer, a Chinese diplomat said Tuesday. Liu Tao, Charge d'Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, made the remarks at the Chinese Government Training Program Fellowship Reception in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. He said China, since the year 2000, has sent over 2,000 agricultural experts and over 7,000 medical personnel to Africa, and has trained more than 80,000 Africans from more than 50 countries. China has pledged that it would, in three years, train 200,000 technicians and provide 40,000 training opportunities in China, and will offer 30,000 government scholarships, he said. Stating that 1,100 Ethiopian candidates are invited...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/18/17)
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Several members of the U.N. Security Council called on U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Thursday to establish an international investigation into the murders of two U.N. investigators in Democratic Republic of Congo earlier this year. Michael Sharp, an American who was coordinator of a sanctions monitoring group that reports to the council, and Zaida Catalan, a Swede, were killed on March 12 while carrying out investigations in central Congo's insurrection-ravaged Kasai region. An internal board of inquiry said in a report this week that the assassins were likely militia members from the area. In a separate report this month, discussed by the Security Council on Thursday...
(AFP (eng) 08/17/17)
The US ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday called for a "full investigation" into the death of two UN experts killed in March in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Michael Sharp, a US citizen, and Zaida Catalan, a Swedish-Chilean dual national, were likely murdered by Congolese militia members while on a mission investigating violence and mass graves in the country's restive Kasai province, a UN inquiry out Wednesday found. "The murder of UN experts -– especially like Michael and...
(AFP (eng) 08/16/17)
At least 10 people, but possibly as many as 40, have been kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of Congo by suspected members of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), local sources said Wednesday. "We condemn the kidnapping of 10 people from the village of Kunu (in the northeast) by gunmen identified as LRA rebels," a local official, Dungu Christophe Ikando, told AFP. But the UN radio station in DR Congo reported that "at least 40 people had been kidnapped", including two...
(AFP (eng) 08/12/17)
An agreement has been struck with Kinshasa for the repatriation of the body of veteran Congolese opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, who died aged 84 in Belgium in February, his family and political party told AFP Friday. The long delay in the return of Tshisekedi's remains was due to concerns it could touch off massive demonstrations as the Democratic Republic of Congo is mired in a political crisis over President Joseph Kabila holding onto power beyond his mandate. Tshisekedi was a key political rival who lost to Kabila in disputed presidential polls in 2011. Before his death, Tshisekedi had headed the opposition...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/11/17)
KINSHASA (Reuters) - At least 27 people, including three police officers, were killed in clashes between protesters and police in Democratic Republic of Congo earlier this week, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday. The majority of the deaths were in the capital, Kinshasa, where members of the separatist sect Bundu dia Kongo (BDK) marched against President Joseph Kabila and attacked a prison on Monday. BDK is just one of many sources of opposition of Kabila that have threatened to plunge the vast, mineral-rich central African country into chaos since the president refused to step down when his mandate..
(AFP (eng) 08/08/17)
Opposition campaigners launched a two-day general strike Tuesday to pressure DR Congo President Joseph Kabila to set an election date -- a day after 12 people were shot dead in an anti-government rampage in the capital. The "dead city" action in Kinshasa, organised well before Monday's killings, was to turn up the heat on Kabila, who is still in power despite his mandate expiring last year. Business activity was noticeably slower in the morning after the opposition had called on...
(AFP (eng) 08/08/17)
"Before, we were able to go to work in any mine to dig for diamonds. But today, we're all afraid of dying," artisanal miner Banayi Ilunga says grimly. Diamonds are the blessing of Kasai, a vast region of five provinces in Democratic Republic of Congo that in many ways holds the key to the country's future. To Ilunga, an 11-year mining veteran, the poorly regulated industry offers a lifeline -- but in the past year, his hard-scrabble existence has become...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese authorities ordered internet capacity be slowed down so that it cannot be used to transmit images via social media, a senior telecoms official based in Kinshasa said. The move comes as opposition is growing to President Joseph Kabila, who refused to step down when his mandate expires in December, with nationwide strikes planned for Tuesday and Wednesday. On Monday, clashes between Congolese security forces and anti-government sect Bundu dia Kongo killed at least 14 people. "In...
(AFP (eng) 08/05/17)
A Congolese rebel warlord wanted for crimes against humanity including mass rape was handed over to the authorities in Kinshasa on Friday, a UN spokeswoman said. Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka "has been handed over to the authorities at Kinshasa," Fabienne Pompey, spokeswoman for MONUSCO, the UN peacekeeping force in the country, told AFP. Sheka turned himself in to UN peacekeepers in North Kivu, the east of the country on July 26 and was initially held in Goma, the regional capital. The authorities issued the warrant for Sheka's arrest in January 2011 after an attack in which the militia under his command...
(AFP (eng) 08/04/17)
The UN on Friday detailed more than 250 "extrajudicial or targeted killings" in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Kasai region from mid-March to mid-June, counting dozens of children among the dead. The findings, based on interviews with refugees from Kasai who had fled to Angola, blamed state agents for the murders of seven children. The refugees gave harrowing accounts of the violence in the region, which the UN warned had taken on "an increasing and disturbing ethnic dimension." Victims recounted...
(Xinhuanet 08/04/17)
GENEVA, (Xinhua) -- Violence in DRC's (Democratic Republic of the Congo) Kasai province appears to be taking on an increasing and disturbing ethnic dimension, a report by the UN Human Rights Office said Friday. The UN Mission in the DRC said it has identified at least 80 mass graves in the Kasai, a diamond-rich area, and it estimates that at least 1.3 million people have been internally displaced in the Kasai province. At least 40,000 have fled to neighbouring Angola...
(AFP (eng) 08/03/17)
The UN's peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo voiced alarm Wednesday at "arbitrary arrests" during a protest against President Joseph Kabila's sustained grip on power. "I am concerned by the restrictions imposed on peaceful assembly and arrests of those who seek to express their political views, as well as by the targeting of journalists and the confiscation of their materials," said UN Mission in the Congo (MONUSCO) head Maman Sidikou. On Monday the United Nations documented more than...
(AfricaNews 08/02/17)
At least 11 people were injured after security forces stopped a protest on Monday pushing for electoral reforms in the DRC. The protest was organised at Bukavu in South Kivu and turned violent when police clashed with protesters as journalists were arrested. Despite the clashes, organisers of the protest march said they were happy with the massive turnout estimated at close to 7000. They have promised to continue with the movement until the independent electoral commission heeds their call.
(AFP (eng) 08/01/17)
Police and opposition protestors clashed Monday in Goma, eastern Democratic of Republic of Congo, as demonstrators protested President Joseph Kabila's sustained grip on power and called for elections. Protesters and several journalists were arrested in cities across the country after the youth movement Struggle for Change (Lucha) called for marches nationwide, police and witnesses said. Around 40 people were held in the eastern city of Goma, 17 in the capital Kinshasa and around 10 each in three other cities, Butembo, Bukavu and Lubumbashi, police spokesman Colonel Pierrot-Rombaut Mwanamputu told AFP.
(Reuters (Eng) 08/01/17)
KINSHASA (Reuters) - Police in Democratic Republic of Congo arrested at least 128 people on Monday as they dispersed protests demanding that President Joseph Kabila leave power by the end of the year, Human Rights Watch said. A series of marches across the country called by pro-democracy group Lucha and backed by several leading opposition politicians were mostly snuffed out by heavy police deployments. A police spokesman did not respond to a request for comment. Congolese authorities have banned opposition...
(AFP (eng) 07/31/17)
Clashes broke out Monday in the east Democratic of Republic of Congo city of Goma between police and demonstrators opposed to President Joseph Kabila's sustained grip on power and demanding elections. The youth movement Struggle for Change (Lucha) urged followers and sympathisers to turn out for "a peaceful march" around the country "to say 'No' to Mr Kabila's life presidency and demand elections before the end of this year". Several opposition coalitions and prominent figures including Moise Katumbi, business leader and former governor of the southern Katanga province...
(AfricaNews 07/31/17)
Moise Katumbi, a presidential hopeful in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has given his backing to calls for protest against President Joseph Kabila. Pro-democracy movement Lucha called for protests today – Monday, July 31 – against the continued stay in power of Kabila whose constitutionally mandated second term ended in December last year. ‘‘Congolese, this July 31st, let us all stand to save our country. Full support for the peaceful mobilization called by @luchaRDC!,’‘ the TP Mazembe bankroller and...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/28/17)
The head of Congo's election commission said on Thursday that better security in the conflict-ravaged Kasai region had enabled preparations for a delayed election to replace President Joseph Kabila, but it still may not happen before a year-end deadline. Kasai poses Congo's biggest security challenge and is the scene of a growing humanitarian disaster in a country where militia violence since Kabila refused to step down in December has raised fears of a slip back into civil war. But the...
(The Associated Press 07/28/17)
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- The founder and leader of a Congo rebel group who is wanted for crimes against humanity surrendered Wednesday in the country's North Kivu province, the United Nations mission in Congo said. Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka, the founder of Nduma defense of Congo, has been wanted since 2011 under a national warrant for crimes against humanity, including for mass rapes. He surrendered Wednesday to U.N. forces in Mutongo in Congo's east with full knowledge he will stand trial...

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