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Friday 30 January 2015

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(AFP (eng) 01/30/15)
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday told African leaders gathered for an annual summit to not cling to power and respect the wishes of their people. "People around the world have expressed their concern about leaders who refuse to leave office when their terms end. I share those concerns. Undemocratic constitutional changes and legal loopholes should never be used to cling to power," he said in a speech at the start of an African Union summit. "I urge all leaders, in Africa and around the world, to listen to your people. Modern leaders cannot afford to ignore the wishes and aspirations of those they represent." In October, chaos in Burkina Faso erupted as lawmakers prepared...
(AFP (eng) 01/29/15)
The army in the Democratic Republic of Congo announced Thursday a fresh offensive against Rwandan ethnic Hutu rebels after weeks of heavy international pressure to act. But the military operation was being conducted without the assistance of the UN mission in the troubled central African country. "Today we're launching new operations against the FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda)," General Didier Etumba said in Beni, in the north of North Kivu province. "This is an operation by the FARDC (DRC Armed Forces)," Etumba said, rather than a joint offensive with a special UN brigade deployed in the country. "This is not a joint FARDC-MONUSCO operation," confirmed razilian General Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz, commander of the military force...
(Bloomberg 01/29/15)
(Bloomberg) -- African nations should consider cutting fuel subsidies and oil exporters must curb spending as a slump in crude prices takes its toll on government revenue, International Monetary Fund Manging Director Christine Lagarde said. An almost 60 percent drop in oil prices since June has forced policy makers in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest crude producer, to devalue the currency, raise interest rates to a record and consider shaving the 2015 budget by 8 percent. As President Goodluck Jonathan seeks re-election...
(Dw-World 01/29/15)
Boko Haram, Ebola, Central African Republic, South Sudan - African leaders have much on their agenda at their summit this weekend. At the top of the list is the creation of an anti-terrorism force. At the beginning of the week, the President of the African Union commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, picked Boko Haram as the top issue on the agenda of the AU summit to be held on January 30 and 31 in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. "We are deeply horrified...
(PANA 01/28/15)
Cape Town, South Africa - Opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday called on the African Union (AU) to mediate with a view to ensuring an end to the bloody protests in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which has claimed the lives of 42 people. The protests followed the proposed changes to the electoral laws which will could have seen a postponement of the 2016 presidential elections. Lawmakers this weekend approved a new version of the law...
(Radio Okapi 01/28/15)
La Police nationale congolaise (PNC) a quadrillé depuis la matinée de mercredi 28 janvier la ville de Beni au Nord-Kivu. Des centaines de policiers sont déployés dans plusieurs quartiers de la ville où des partis de l’opposition ont prévu d’organiser un meeting populaire. Mardi dernier, les partis politiques de l’opposition de Beni ont appelé la population à assister à un meeting ce mercredi au Rond-point Nyamwisi de Beni. Tôt le matin, la police a quadrillé certains points chauds, notamment le...
(PANA 01/28/15)
Africa's leadership must do more and better for African youth, African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma told the 26th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union. Addressing the session at its opening session Monday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Dlamini-Zuma suggested measures that could be taken as increasing investments in education in science and technology, skills development through vocational training and better treatment of teachers.
(African arguments 01/28/15)
I have vowed never to use the overused phrase 'Africa Rising' ever again, having long been somewhat cautious of the integrity of the projected growth rates and prospects for inclusive prosperity as I wrote here. However, while there is a lot to be positive about regarding African economic development, the commodity-driven stellar growth narrative is now being subverted by the oil price collapse. Using estimates produced by the World Bank, the falling oil price could hit African economies much harder...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/27/15)
KINSHASA (Reuters) - Protests that blocked a reform which could have extended Congo President Joseph Kabila's rule have exposed deep rifts in his ruling coalition and galvanized opposition, increasing the chance of further unrest ahead of elections due next year. Kabila took power in Democratic Republic of Congo in 2001 following the assassination of his father, and won disputed elections in 2006 and 2011 in Africa's largest copper producer. But he is constitutionally barred from seeking a third term. A...
(CNN 01/27/15)
(CNN)Players from Tunisia and the Democratic Republic of Congo embraced each other in celebration as both sides played out a 1-1 draw to book their passage into the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations. In a tense finale to Group B, all four teams still had the chance to qualify for the last eight until the final whistle went in a goalless draw between Cape Verde and Zambia in torrid conditions. It sparked contrasting celebrations, the coaches and players in Bata celebrating in unison while there were tears in Ebebiyin as 2012 champions Zambia bowed out in the group stages for a second successive tournament.
(BBC News Africa 01/27/15)
DR Congo coach Florent Ibenge and his Tunisia counterpart Georges Leekens were unconcerned about how their sides made Africa Cup of Nations progress. Both teams reached the last eight after their 1-1 draw - with DR Congo pipping Cape Verde, who drew with Zambia, to qualification on goals scored. Ibenge said: "We have qualified for the quarter-finals with some difficulty." Leekens said: "We know we are not the best or the most beautiful but we have qualified and I am...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/27/15)
Tue Jan 27, 2015 ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Traditional markets sell more than 85 percent of the food consumed in sub-Saharan Africa, and rather than replacing them with Western-style supermarkets, governments should train local vendors to improve food safety, researchers say. Contrary to popular conceptions, open-air local markets often have safer milk and meat than supermarkets in much of Africa, according to a book released on Tuesday by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Local vendors offer fresher products...
(Bloomberg 01/27/15)
Standard Chartered Plc (STAN), the British bank that has operated in Africa for more than 150 years, said the continent remains part of its consumer banking plans even as the lender reviews its global branch network. While the lender is considering closing branches as more customers migrate to online and mobile transactions, it is still Standard Chartered’s “ambition to be the leading international retail bank within our footprint in Africa, Asia and the Middle East,” Diana Layfield, Africa chief executive...
(AFP (eng) 01/26/15)
A call by the Congolese opposition for peaceful demonstrations to oust President Joseph Kabila went unheeded Monday as authorities maintained a crippling block on text messages and social networks used to rally demonstrators. Only about 50 people gathered at the headquarters of veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi's Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UPDS) in the capital Kinshasa, despite the party calling for mass protests. The small crowd dispersed shortly before midday (1100 GMT) when several jeeploads of police arrived at the scene after authorities warned no opposition demonstrations
(The Guardian 01/26/15)
‘I’ve lost all desire to live in my own country’ says a mother whose son was killed in a police crackdown on protests against proposed changes to DRC constitution. Arms crossed and hands on shoulders, Hortense Basila let out a moan that rose from deep inside and filled her eyes with tears. “My child!” she cried. “When will I see him again? Oh my God. May they give me my child back. My son, my Christian. We are poor people...
(Voice of America 01/26/15)
A spokesman for the Democratic Republic of Congo government said Sunday’s senate approval of controversial election legislation was a defeat for opponents of President Joseph Kabila who, he claimed, were planning a coup d’état. The ruling majority agreed to remove articles in the proposed law that required the completion of a vast census before the 2016 election, a move that the opposition said would have allowed Kabila to extend his stay in power. Information Minister Lambert Mende said it was...
(News Day 01/26/15)
A Congolese man who was nabbed in Harare last week for illegal possession of 675 pieces of diamonds worth over $30 000 was on Friday remanded in custody to February 5 when he appeared before magistrate Tendai Mahwe. Ntita Didier (35) of Eastlea, Harare, was arrested on January 21 this year after police received information that he was dealing in diamonds without the requisite documents. Prosecutor Francisca Mukumbiri told the court that detectives from the Minerals and Border Control Unit...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/26/15)
KINSHASA (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo's parliament gave final approval on Sunday to an electoral law shorn of a controversial provision that risked delaying a vote due in 2016 and had triggered days of deadly protests. The reversal is a major blow for President Joseph Kabila's camp and a leading opposition leader said demonstrations planned for Monday would now be called off. Last weekend, the lower house passed the law with a measure ordering a national census before the...
(AFP (eng) 01/24/15)
Forty people have died in protests in the Democratic Republic of Congo against President Joseph Kabila, Human Rights Watch said on Saturday, accusing security forces of using excessive force and then trying to remove evidence. The number of people who have died in DR Congo over the past week in demonstrations against a bill that could extend Kabila's time in power is contested, with the government saying the protests had left 12 dead and a global human rights organisation saying...
(BBC News Africa 01/24/15)
The Democratic Republic of Congo senate has amended a controversial census bill following four days of violent nationwide protests. The new version, to be approved by the lower house, removes the requirement to hold a census before the next election. The opposition had said this was a way for President Joseph Kabila to extend his time in office rather than stand down next year as planned. Hundreds of students took to the streets to celebrate the news. Human rights groups say that dozens of people have been killed during the protests.

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(AFP (eng) 01/29/15)
The army in the Democratic Republic of Congo announced Thursday a fresh offensive against Rwandan ethnic Hutu rebels after weeks of heavy international pressure to act. But the military operation was being conducted without the assistance of the UN mission in the troubled central African country. "Today we're launching new operations against the FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda)," General Didier Etumba said in Beni, in the north of North Kivu province. "This is an operation by the FARDC (DRC Armed Forces)," Etumba said, rather than a joint offensive with a special UN brigade deployed in the country. "This is not a joint FARDC-MONUSCO operation," confirmed razilian General Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz,...
(Dw-World 01/29/15)
Boko Haram, Ebola, Central African Republic, South Sudan - African leaders have much on their agenda at their summit this weekend. At the top of the list is the creation of an anti-terrorism force. At the beginning of the week, the President of the African Union commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, picked Boko Haram as the top issue on the agenda of the AU summit to be held on January 30 and 31 in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. "We are deeply horrified by the tragedy Boko Haram continues to inflict on our people. Kidnapping young girls from school, torching villages, terrorizing whole communities and killing. A localized group, now we see it further into West Africa and into Central Africa. Time to...
(Radio Okapi 01/28/15)
La Police nationale congolaise (PNC) a quadrillé depuis la matinée de mercredi 28 janvier la ville de Beni au Nord-Kivu. Des centaines de policiers sont déployés dans plusieurs quartiers de la ville où des partis de l’opposition ont prévu d’organiser un meeting populaire. Mardi dernier, les partis politiques de l’opposition de Beni ont appelé la population à assister à un meeting ce mercredi au Rond-point Nyamwisi de Beni. Tôt le matin, la police a quadrillé certains points chauds, notamment le...
(The Guardian 01/26/15)
‘I’ve lost all desire to live in my own country’ says a mother whose son was killed in a police crackdown on protests against proposed changes to DRC constitution. Arms crossed and hands on shoulders, Hortense Basila let out a moan that rose from deep inside and filled her eyes with tears. “My child!” she cried. “When will I see him again? Oh my God. May they give me my child back. My son, my Christian. We are poor people...
(News Day 01/26/15)
A Congolese man who was nabbed in Harare last week for illegal possession of 675 pieces of diamonds worth over $30 000 was on Friday remanded in custody to February 5 when he appeared before magistrate Tendai Mahwe. Ntita Didier (35) of Eastlea, Harare, was arrested on January 21 this year after police received information that he was dealing in diamonds without the requisite documents. Prosecutor Francisca Mukumbiri told the court that detectives from the Minerals and Border Control Unit...
(BBC News Africa 01/23/15)
The Democratic Republic of Congo senate has amended a controversial census bill following four days of violent nationwide protests. The new version removes the requirement to hold a census before a presidential election. The opposition said this was a way for President Joseph Kabila to extend his time in office rather than stand down next year as planned. The lower house of parliament still has to approve the changes.
(BBC News Africa 01/23/15)
The Democratic Republic of Congo senate has delayed a vote on a national census which has sparked violent protests because it would delay elections. Clashes continued on Thursday in the eastern city of Goma, with police reportedly firing live ammunition. Human rights organisations say dozens have been killed, although this is disputed by the government. Protesters say the plan is a move to ensure President Joseph Kabila extends his time in office. The BBC's Maud Jullien in the capital, Kinshasa,...
(World Bulletin 01/23/15)
U.N. peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous warned on Thursday that it would take time to defeat Rwandan rebels in Democratic Republic of Congo given the group lived among civilians and the United Nations wanted to avoid a repeat of a 2009 humanitarian crisis. The U.N. force (MONUSCO) has finished preparatory operations ahead of a planned military offensive to dislodge the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), a group at the heart of years of conflict in Central Africa's Great...
(Xinhuanet 01/23/15)
ADDIS ABABA, Jan. (Xinhua) -- African economies will continue to grow in 2015 due to private investment and consumption which have been key drivers of gross domestic product (GDP) over the past years, according to the UN World Economic Situation and Prospects 2015 (WESP). Africa's GDP is expected to accelerate from 3.5 percent in 2014 to 4.6 percent in 2015 and 4.9 percent in 2016. In his presentation on the report on Thursday at the UN Economic Commission for Africa...
(AFP (eng) 01/22/15)
Riot police opened fire on protesters in the Democratic Republic of Congo Thursday in a new bout of violence as the Senate was set to vote on a controversial bill that would extend President Joseph Kabila's rule. An international rights group said 42 people had been killed in three days of anti-Kabila demonstrations in Kinshasa, but the government angrily challenged the figures and said 12 people had died. Thursday's violence erupted in the eastern city of Goma -- about 1,500...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/22/15)
KINSHASA (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo's powerful Catholic church on Wednesday backed ongoing protests against reforms that could extend President Joseph Kabila's rule, denouncing a government crackdown which a rights group said had killed 42 people. As anti-government demonstrations in the capital Kinshasa entered their third day, the leader of Congo's Catholics, Cardinal Laurent Mosengwo Pasinya, strongly criticized any attempt to postpone a presidential election due next year.
(BBC News Africa 01/22/15)
Clashes have erupted in Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo because the internet has been cut off since Tuesday, witnesses have told the BBC. Hundreds of angry protesters took to the streets demanding it be restored, along with text messaging services. They also called for the release of those arrested this week in nationwide demonstrations against President Joseph Kabila extending his rule. Witnesses said live ammunition was used to disperse the crowd. It is the fourth day of unrest...
(The Guardian 01/22/15)
Fifteen years after a UN resolution stressed the vital role of women in conflict resolution, only 2% of its largest mission – in DRC – are female. Major Shikha Mehrotra is a rarity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: a female officer in the UN’s peacekeeping force. That Mehrotra, who belongs to the Indian brigade, and her female colleagues form only 2% of the world’s largest peacekeeping mission reflects how little has changed since 2000, when the UN security...
(The Guardian 01/22/15)
Despite some success, women in DRC striving to help resolve the country’s conflicts are hindered by cultural constraints and entrenched gender roles. Sitting at a table in a dimly lit restaurant in Goma, Chantal Rugenera Kambibi reflects on the challenges faced by Congolese women involved in peacekeeping. “We who take courage, who talk, we’re seen like women who lost their heads, who are abnormal,” says the head of mission for the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s programme of stabilisation and...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/21/15)
KINSHASA Wed Jan 21, 2015 (Reuters) - At least 11 people were killed on Tuesday in protests in Democratic Republic of Congo against a draft measure that could delay the 2016 presidential election, the government said on Wednesday, bringing the toll from two days of violence to 14. Government spokesman Lambert Mende said the victims were a policeman and 10 civilians, killed by security guards as they tried to loot private property in Kinshasa. Congo's opposition parties called the protests...
(AFP (eng) 01/21/15)
Gunshots were heard Wednesday as police cracked down on a new student demonstration at Kinshasa's university following two days of bloody violence in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, an AFP reporter said. Twenty eight people have been killed since Monday in anti-government protests, according to a local human rights organisation. The authorities put the death toll at five. Protesters oppose a draft law that would enable President Joseph Kabila to extend his stay in power beyond his...
(AFP (eng) 01/20/15)
Hundreds of youths confronted police in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo Tuesday after deadly protests over a draft law that would enable President Joseph Kabila to extend his stay in power. Opposition parties have called for mass demonstrations against the new electoral bill being debated in the Senate. But in an apparent attempt to keep a lid on the protests, authorities have shut down the Internet in the capital Kinshasa. The unrest is the latest upheaval to rock the troubled central African county, which has been plagued by multiple wars and weakened by ineffectual governance for decades. Four people were killed Monday, according to the authorities
(BBC News Africa 01/20/15)
Four people have been killed in protests in the Democratic Republic of Congo over claims that President Joseph Kabila is seeking to extend his 14-year rule by delaying next year's elections. Protests continued on Tuesday in the capital, Kinshasa, following Monday's fatal clashes between opposition supporters and security forces. Protesters say government plans for a census are a ploy to delay elections. Mr Kabila is constitutionally barred from contesting the poll. He took power in 2001 following the assassination of...
(The Guardian 01/20/15)
Opposition parties have called for further mass demonstrations against a draft law that would enable president Joseph Kabila to extend his rule. Hundreds of young people confronted police in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo today after deadly protests over a draft law that would enable President Joseph Kabila to extend his stay in power. Opposition parties have called for mass demonstrations against the new electoral bill being debated in the Senate. In an apparent attempt to keep...
(World Bulletin 01/20/15)
At least 13 people were killed Monday in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), during a protest against an electoral draft ratified by the National Assembly (lower house of parliament) on Saturday, according to opposition platform "Save the DRC." "We counted 13 dead at the general hospital of Mama Yemo in Kinshasa," the platform's coordinator Fayulu Martin told The Anadolu Agency. Congolese authorities have yet to comment on the report. Following the deaths, the Senate (the...

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(AFP (eng) 01/30/15)
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday told African leaders gathered for an annual summit to not cling to power and respect the wishes of their people. "People around the world have expressed their concern about leaders who refuse to leave office when their terms end. I share those concerns. Undemocratic constitutional changes and legal loopholes should never be used to cling to power," he said in a speech at the start of an African Union summit. "I urge all leaders, in Africa and around the world, to listen to your people. Modern leaders cannot afford to ignore the wishes and aspirations of those they represent." In October, chaos in Burkina Faso erupted as lawmakers prepared...
(Bloomberg 01/29/15)
(Bloomberg) -- African nations should consider cutting fuel subsidies and oil exporters must curb spending as a slump in crude prices takes its toll on government revenue, International Monetary Fund Manging Director Christine Lagarde said. An almost 60 percent drop in oil prices since June has forced policy makers in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest crude producer, to devalue the currency, raise interest rates to a record and consider shaving the 2015 budget by 8 percent. As President Goodluck Jonathan seeks re-election on Feb. 14, he’s avoided further cutting fuel subsidies that cost as much as $7 billion a year, after an attempt to do so in 2012 sparked protests. Subsidizing countries “should think about reducing and phasing out the oil subsidies,...
(PANA 01/28/15)
Africa's leadership must do more and better for African youth, African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma told the 26th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union. Addressing the session at its opening session Monday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Dlamini-Zuma suggested measures that could be taken as increasing investments in education in science and technology, skills development through vocational training and better treatment of teachers.
(African arguments 01/28/15)
I have vowed never to use the overused phrase 'Africa Rising' ever again, having long been somewhat cautious of the integrity of the projected growth rates and prospects for inclusive prosperity as I wrote here. However, while there is a lot to be positive about regarding African economic development, the commodity-driven stellar growth narrative is now being subverted by the oil price collapse. Using estimates produced by the World Bank, the falling oil price could hit African economies much harder...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/27/15)
Tue Jan 27, 2015 ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Traditional markets sell more than 85 percent of the food consumed in sub-Saharan Africa, and rather than replacing them with Western-style supermarkets, governments should train local vendors to improve food safety, researchers say. Contrary to popular conceptions, open-air local markets often have safer milk and meat than supermarkets in much of Africa, according to a book released on Tuesday by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Local vendors offer fresher products...
(Bloomberg 01/27/15)
Standard Chartered Plc (STAN), the British bank that has operated in Africa for more than 150 years, said the continent remains part of its consumer banking plans even as the lender reviews its global branch network. While the lender is considering closing branches as more customers migrate to online and mobile transactions, it is still Standard Chartered’s “ambition to be the leading international retail bank within our footprint in Africa, Asia and the Middle East,” Diana Layfield, Africa chief executive...
(Dw-World 01/24/15)
The world's population is constantly growing, and with it the interest of investors in Africa's arable land. The continent has vast untapped potential - but can local producers compete with foreign companies? The wind whistling through Berlin on Monday (19.01.2015) was icy. Three Italian tourists carefully navigated the frozen puddles on the sidewalk as they scurried to the Brandenburg Gate, ignoring the black limousines gliding past them in front of the exclusive Adlon Hotel. These limos were unloading delegates to...
(Ips News 01/24/15)
Abu Dhabi — Diversification of Africa's electricity sources by embarking on renewable energy solutions - such as solar, wind, geothermal and hydro power - is being heralded as a solution to the continent's energy poverty. But although a number of countries are already reaping benefits from investment in renewables, there is concern that many of the countries are yet to exploit those resources. African ministers and delegates at the Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference in Abu Dhabi from January...
(Ventures Africa 01/22/15)
VENTURES AFRICA – CEOs representing some of Africa’s most attractive mining companies will gather in Cape Town, South Africa, from the 9th to the 12th February 2015, for the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba. The Indaba is a summit that brings together major mining players, and provides a platform for further investment around the continent. More than 900 mining corporates are already confirmed to attend the event. “For more than 20 years, Africa’s mining companies have played a pivotal...
(Ventures-Africa 01/21/15)
VENTURES AFRICA – The Board of Executive Directors of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has approved a new round of financing worth $189.4 million for development projects covering important sectors in several member countries and also some Muslim communities in non-member countries. This came following the 302nd Board meeting of the lender, which held in Jedah, Saudi Arabia from Sunday, January 18 to Tuesday, January 20, 2015, under the chairmanship of IDB President Dr. Ahmad Mohamed Ali. The Board reviewed...
(UN.org 01/21/15)
Despite a sharp decline in oil prices, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its latest economic outlook today lowered growth expectations for this year and the next for most countries due to slowdown in investment, and urged governments and central banks to pursue economic stimulation policies and structural reforms to boost growth. According to its World Economic Outlook (WEO) update , the IMF now expects growth of 3.5 per cent this year, compared with the previous estimate of 3.8 per...
(Macauhub 01/20/15)
The return of the aircraft of Angola’s flagship airline to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is expected to drive increased trade between the two countries, the consul of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the east of Angola, Mulumba Albert said Monday. Speaking to Angolan news agency Angop in Luena, Moxico province, Mulumba Albert said he believed that air and rail links in the medium term, would boost the economies of the countries in the region. According...
(Voice of America 01/20/15)
 
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JOHANNESBURG— Economic experts from across the African continent say this may be an exciting year for African economies, which could be ready to move out of their traditional roles and into new sectors. African nations have struggled for decades to go beyond their role as providers of basic raw materials, like oil, gas, minerals and agricultural products. Their efforts have had mixed success. While nations like South Africa and Kenya have managed to diversify their economies, others, like Angola and...
(Bloomberg 01/20/15)
The International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 economic growth forecast for sub-Saharan Africa by almost 1 percentage point as falling oil prices curb output in the region’s biggest economy. The growth outlook in Nigeria, the continent’s largest oil producer, was lowered to 4.8 percent from 7.3 percent estimated in October, the IMF said in its World Economic Outlook update released Tuesday in Beijing. Sub-Saharan Africa’s economy is forecast by the IMF to expand 4.9 percent this year, down from a...
(7sur7.cd 01/16/15)
Son Excellence Monsieur Shigeru USHIO, Ambassadeur du Japon en République Démocratique du Congo, a procédé, le mercredi 14 janvier 2015, à la signature d »un contrat de don pour le « Projet d’implantation d’un Centre d’Hémodialyse à l’Hôpital Central de la Police Nationale » avec le Dr. François DANGAMA, Directeur de l’Hôpital Central de la Police. Le projet sera réalisé dans le cadre de l’Aide Non-Remboursable des Petits Projets Locaux (APL), dont le montant octroyé à cet effet s’élève à...
(Bloomberg 01/13/15)
The former heads of Electricite de France SA’s renewable energy unit and a Dubai-based power plant builder plan to develop more than $500 million of renewable electricity assets in Africa. Access Infra Africa is being created by Paris-based Eren Developpement, founded by Paris Mouratoglou and David Corchia, and Access Power MEA, the companies said in a statement today. In 2012, Mouratoglou stepped down as chairman of EDF Energies Nouvelles and Corchia left in 2013 as chief executive officer. “Today in...
(Xinhuanet 01/08/15)
NAIROBI, Jan. (Xinhua) -- Mobile penetration in the sub- Saharan Africa region is expected to increase from 52 percent in 2012 to 79 percent in 2020, a new study by a global research firm revealed on Wednesday. The study by Frost & Sullivan shows that mobile broadband connections are now anticipated to quadruple from its 2012 figure to reach 160 million in 2016. "The introduction of affordable smartphones, specifically designed for the African market, has improved the market scenario, "...
(Bloomberg Tv Africa 01/07/15)
 
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This week on African Business Weekly, we speak to the Democratic Republic of Congo’s transport minister Justin Kalumba Mwana about plans to complete 4 international airports by 2016 as it aims to improve infrastructure and attract investment. We sit down with Emmanuel Ikhazoboh, the Chairman of Ecobank Transnational who tells us how he plans to turn the company into a Pan-African bank. And South Africa could face further managed blackouts next year as the country’s sole power utility struggles to...
(Bloomberg Tv Africa 01/07/15)
 
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High operational costs are stifling the entry of new players in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s banking sector. Banks are forced to pass on costs to consumers and business, making access to funding almost impossible. Congolese Banking Association President Michel Losembe says the percentage of small businesses defaulting on loans is high.
(This Day Live 01/05/15)
Fresh from hosting Miss Commonwealth UK, the CEO and host of Princess Halliday Show (PHS), Princess Halliday, has commenced the recording of a new season of the internationally acclaimed TV programme, Princess Halliday Show. Princess as she's fondly called, produces, finances, and hosts Empower Africa. The Princess Halliday Show is an Empower Africa Initiative that showcases people who have demonstrated positivity against all the odds. These are individuals who, through tenacity and determination, have accomplished something great or have been...

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(CNN 01/27/15)
(CNN)Players from Tunisia and the Democratic Republic of Congo embraced each other in celebration as both sides played out a 1-1 draw to book their passage into the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations. In a tense finale to Group B, all four teams still had the chance to qualify for the last eight until the final whistle went in a goalless draw between Cape Verde and Zambia in torrid conditions. It sparked contrasting celebrations, the coaches and players in Bata celebrating in unison while there were tears in Ebebiyin as 2012 champions Zambia bowed out in the group stages for a second successive tournament.
(BBC News Africa 01/27/15)
DR Congo coach Florent Ibenge and his Tunisia counterpart Georges Leekens were unconcerned about how their sides made Africa Cup of Nations progress. Both teams reached the last eight after their 1-1 draw - with DR Congo pipping Cape Verde, who drew with Zambia, to qualification on goals scored. Ibenge said: "We have qualified for the quarter-finals with some difficulty." Leekens said: "We know we are not the best or the most beautiful but we have qualified and I am very happy." DR Congo secured their place in the quarter-finals after scoring two goals in their three Group B matches - including Jeremy Bokila's 66th-minute effort against Tunisia - while Cape Verde only found the net once. Their next opponents...
(Xinhuanet 01/23/15)
MALABO, Jan. (Xinhua) -- The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on Thursday that the hosts for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations will be announced on April 8 in Cairo, Egypt. According to the continental football body's statement, Algeria, Egypt, Gabon and Ghana are competing to replace strife-riven Libya who will not go ahead with their hosting of the finals for security concerns. The CAF also announced that the host nation will play games in the qualifiers, but its...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/15)
Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie equalised as Democratic Republic of Congo fought back to draw 1-1 with Zambia Sunday in the Africa Cup of Nations Group B opener. Given Singuluma stunned the Leopards by giving the Zambian Chipolopolo (Copper Bullets) a second-minute lead in a match where the Congolese had a territorial edge. Bolasie levelled midway through the second half in a game that featured two other English Premier League players -- Southampton striker Emmanuel Mayuka and West Bromwich Albion...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/15)
West Bromwich Albion midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu knows DR Congo's next Africa Cup of Nations game against Cape Verde on Thursday is already a must-win for the Leopards after they drew with Zambia on Sunday. DR Congo had to come from behind to draw 1-1 with the 2012 African champions in Ebebiyin, with Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie rescuing a point by cancelling out Given Singuluma's early opener in the Group B game. That was despite a good performance from the...
(SouthAfrica.info 01/19/15)
Top South African cycling outfit Team MTN-Qhubeka has received an invitation to participate in the 2015 Tour de France - the first African team ever to do so in 101 years. The 22 teams riding in the race were announced by the Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) last week. Along with the 17 World Tour teams, five wild card teams also issued - including one to the South African team. This year will be the first time in the race's 101...
(BBC News Africa 01/15/15)
An African-registered team will compete in the Tour de France for the first time this summer. The MTN-Qhubeka outfit from South Africa is one of five teams granted wildcard invitations alongside the 17 World Tour entries. The team has previously stated its desire to mark Nelson Mandela Day on 18 July with a specially-designed kit if it was invited to take part. The 102nd Tour gets under way in Utrecht, Netherlands, on 4 July. Grand Tour stage winners Edvald Boasson...
(The Guardian 01/14/15)
Peterborough defender forecasts Africa Cup of Nations success for team best known for 1974 World Cup clanger. Mwepu Ilunga does not really need reminding of the moment he entered World Cup infamy in 1974. Unfortunately for the 65-year-old, who now works as a coach for the DR Congo team preparing to play in the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea, players can be especially cruel sometimes. “Occasionally, when we get a free-kick in training, someone will run up and kick the ball away and everyone just starts laughing,” says the DRC and Peterborough defender Gabriel Zakuani. He is referring, of course
(AFP (eng) 01/09/15)
DR Congo coach Florent Ibenge on Friday named a 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea from January 17 to February 8. Seven players from the local league have been included along with AS Vita Club striker Firmin Mubele Ndombe, who was Thursday named the top player competing on the African continent by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Dynamo Kiev striker Dieumerci Mbokani and Charleroi goalkeeper Parfait Mandanda, younger brother of France international and Marseille...
(Daily Trust 12/22/14)
Football without superstars is like tea without sugar, like bread without butter, or beans without dodo (fried plantain). We are in the season of celebrating the super stars, the players whose light has shone brightest in the football constellation. Next January, the Confederation of African Football, CAF, will elect its winner of the prestigious African Footballer of the Year Award for 2014. The event has become very significant for the players because it shoots their status and profile sky high, onto a new pedestal of respect and prospect of additional fortune! In the final list of five players for the 2014 African award there are a few surprise inclusions.
(APA 12/09/14)
Nickname: The Leopards Head coach: Florent Ibengé Captain: Youssuf Mulumbu Home stadium: Stade des Martyrs FIFA ranking: 55 (27 November 2014) Highest FIFA ranking: 51 (September 2003) Lowest FIFA ranking: 133 (October 2011) DR Congo won the 2009 African Championship of Nations, a competition reserved to players in domestic leagues, beating Ghana in the final. They also reached the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals in South Africa but were knocked out in the group stages after drawing all three...
(Independent Online 12/09/14)
Monaco – An African bid to stage the Olympic Games for the first time will get widespread sympathy in the IOC after its new reforms, Olympic chief Thomas Bach said. With Durban in South Africa considering a run for the 2024 Games, Bach said in an interview that it was up to Africa to make a “feasible” case. “This depends on Africa,” Bach said when asked when the first Olympics would be held in Africa. Reforms passed by the International...
(BBC News Africa 11/14/14)
It will be almost impossible to stage the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations on time, says the man who organised the 2008 tournament in Ghana. Morocco was due to stage the 2015 Cup but was removed as host after expressing fears over the Ebola virus. The Confederation of African Football (Caf) insists the tournament will go ahead on time, starting on 17 January. But Dr Kofi Amoah told the BBC: "It could be a sham. I don't think there is...
(Cameroon-Tribune 11/13/14)
The latecomers including Choupo-Moting, Salli Edgar, Eyong Enoh and Aboubakar Vincent joined the rest of the team on Wednesday. With the arrival of four players who did not answer present during the roll call on the first day of the camp, the Cameroon squad for the double confrontation Congo and Côte d’Ivoire is now complete. The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon began training on Monday at the CAF Excellence Centre in Mbankomo near Yaounde in view of the upcoming encounters against...
(BBC News Africa 11/12/14)
The new hosts for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations will be named in "two or three days", says the Confederation of African Football (Caf). Caf president Issa Hayatou revealed the timeframe in a live interview with TV channel France 24 on Tuesday. Hayatou added that the tournament dates remained 17 January to 8 February. It was announced earlier on Tuesday that original choice Morocco would not host because of its fears over the Ebola outbreak on the continent. Morocco had asked to postpone the competition until 2016 but Caf refused and expelled them from the finals.
(The New York Times 11/12/14)
Fear of the spread of Ebola has now thrown Africa’s most important soccer tournament into disarray. Morocco was removed Tuesday as host of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and expelled from participating in the biennial championship after it sought to delay the 16-team event, concerned about a spread of the virus. No replacement host has yet been named for the tournament, which is scheduled from Jan. 17 to Feb. 8. The expulsion of Morocco was announced by the Confederation...
(PANA 11/11/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Several innovations reported in recent years from across Africa bode well for the continent striving to get skills that meet its industry requirements in the 21st century, economic and labour experts meeting in Addis Ababa said on Saturday. But some basics must be in place for Africa to have the capacity to take advantage of what is happening globally in technology and innovation, according to Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa, Acting Chief Economist and Vice President of the African...
(BBC News Africa 11/10/14)
The five-man shortlist for the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 has been revealed. Title holder Yaya Toure has been nominated for the sixth consecutive year, along with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Enyeama and Gervinho. The winner will be decided by fans of African football, who have until 18:00 GMT on Monday, 24 November to vote for their choice. Or to vote for BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 by SMS, text the number of the player...
(AFP (eng) 10/28/14)
The Tata Raphael stadium looks as though it has lost a few rounds against Muhammad Ali in the 40 years since it staged the greatest boxing fight in history. The terraces, which were packed with 100,000 people for "The Rumble In The Jungle", are falling apart. Water leaks into the gyms where Ali and George Foreman trained for their epic fight. But Kinshasa, capital of one of the poorest countries in the world, remains proud of having staged one of...
(PANA 10/07/14)
The qualifying series for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations is set to resume next weekend, after a month-long break, PANA reported Sunday. The first set of two group matches were played last month, and two more matches are slated to be played this month. Match day three will be next Friday and Saturday, while Match day four will be four days later, on 15 Oct. After this month's matches, there will be two more matches to go, in November,...

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(L'Avenir Quotidien 01/09/15)
Celui que l’on surnomme « Trinita Bush, le Chouchou de tout le monde, Tata mobitch » promet de surprises à ses fans de Kin qui l’ont manqué durant les festivités de la Saint Sylvestre 2015. En effet, Adolphe Dominguez et tout son orchestre reviennent d’une tournée à l’Est de la RDC, précisément à Kindu dans la province du Maniema. Sur place, toutes les dispositions logistiques sont réunies pour la réussite de cette première production de Wenge Tonya Tonya de l’an 2015 à Kinshasa, a rassuré M. Poly Sapala, le coordonateur d’activités d’Adolphe Dominguez. (Franck Ambangito)
(Ventures-Africa 12/23/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Tourism, the fastest growing economic sector within Africa, serves as one of the core investment opportunities on the continent. But beyond the safari experience, innovative companies offer a look into Africa which is capable of penetrating this global culture. “There is no reason the world shouldn’t experience the environments that breed such dynamic people,” said Cherae Robinson, Founder and CEO of Rare Customs. Cherae is the brilliant mind behind “Tastemakers Africa”, a mobile app and website that allows travellers secure exquisite, adventurous and curated trips across Africa.
(Leadership 12/16/14)
Top music acts from across the African continent will dazzle guests, VIPs and members of the football community at the forth-coming 2014 Glo-CAF Awards scheduled to hold in Lagos on January 8, 2015. The top acts expected to do their stuff at the high octane continental event are Congo DRC’s multiple award-winning song writer, singer and guitarist, Fally Ipupa; global Jazz icon, Hugh Masekela from South Africa and Egyptian folk singer and the first person from an Arab country to...
(Leadership 11/20/14)
It was another night of glamour and panache as this year’s edition of the prestigious Africa International Film Festival, AFRIFF, came to a glittering end Saturday in Calabar, the Cross River State capital. The grand finale of the festival, which kicked off amid gaiety on Sunday, November 9, held at the Cultural Centre, Calabar, with top Nollywood stars, producers, directors and stakeholders from Africa, Europe, America and other parts of the world in attendance. Leading Nollywood stars at the event...
(The Guardian 10/28/14)
Magnus Taylor picks his favourites from the upcoming Film Africa festival in London – from a pro-democracy struggle to a city battling religious extremists. In the dunes not far from Timbuktu, recently captured by militant jihadists, Kidane lives peacefully with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and shepherd, Issan. Residents in the culturally rich city are suffering: music, laughter, cigarettes and football have been banned and women are being chastised for not wearing the veil. Back in the dunes, an incident brings Kidane into the heart of the historic city and its new brutal regime.
(AFP (eng) 10/16/14)
Despite sparse resources and limited institutional support, the world will soon wake up to Africa's ingenious new artists, according to some of the continent's leading exponents taking part in London's Contemporary African Art Fair. The four-day event -- the largest such fair outside Africa -- opens on Thursday and showcases the work of over 120 artists in the grand setting of Somerset House in the heart of the British capital in a bid to reach a global market. Some 27...
(News Day 10/10/14)
IT was a night of fun and of course lots of glitz and glamour at The Big Brother Africa (BBA) Hotshots launch on October 5 at The Whippet in Linden, Johannesburg, South Africa. After the unexpected burning down of the former BBA house also located in Johannesburg, viewers and audiences were naturally eager to see how this new venue would turn out and with no doubt Big Brother did not disappoint. The usual presenter, Ik Osakioduwa, popularly known as Ik,...
(Radio Okapi 09/18/14)
La Compagnie théâtrale les Inattendus (CTI) organise, du 16 au 21 février 2015, la deuxième édition du Festival de théâtre écologique dans la ville de Bandundu (Bandundu). La deuxième phase de cette activité aura lieu du 2 au 9 mai 2015 à Kinshasa. Le responsable de la CTI, Lele Michoux Bossay, affirme avoir déjà pris des contacts avec les écoles qui constituent les principaux acteurs de ce festival qui sensibilise les élèves sur la protection de l’environnement. «Nous organisons ce...
(Zambia Reports 07/25/14)
The Zambia Police seems to be gnawed by their suspicious closure of the assault case involving Democratic Republic of Congo rumba king Koffi Olomide by saying they are ready to re-open the case if the complainant approaches them again. Earlier in the week police Public Relations Officer Munganga Chanda announced that the case had been closed as there was no collaboration between the complainant photojournalist Jean Mandela and the police. Olomide kicked photojournalist in the face last time he was...
(7sur7.cd 03/28/14)
Le Président de l’Association Nationale de Théâtre Populaire et Cinéma –ANTPC, l’artiste Ndungi Mambimbi a lancé un appel pathétique aux autorités à différent niveau pour subventionner les artistes en général et les comédiens en particulier. Masumu Debrindet a déploré le manque d’une politique culturelle dans le pays. Il a soutenu que les séries occidentales et films nigérians ont pris le dessus sur le théâtre populaire rd-congolais parce qu’ils sont produits dans des meilleures conditions. L’artiste Ndungi Mambimbi a renseigné que...
(The Guardian 12/30/13)
Figures compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists show that 29 journalists were killed in Syria, 10 in Iraq and six in Egypt. At least 70 journalists were killed around the world in 2013, including 29 who died covering the civil war in Syria and 10 in Iraq, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The dead in Syria included a number of citizen journalists working to document combat in their home cities, broadcasters who worked with media outlets affiliated...
( 12/17/13)
BBnZ Live turned the entire Accra metropolis upside-down with the maiden edition of the Afro-Beats Festival held at the Independence Square in Accra over the weekend. An ecstatic crowd made up of over 60,000 Ghanaian music fans from all walks of life including students from all Ghanaian second cycle and tertiary institutions thronged the venue to partake in the event. The three-day Afro-Beats Festival was an all night affair which provided non-stop entertainment till the break of dawn. It kicked...
(AFP 11/09/13)
LAGOS, November 9, 2013 (AFP) - The Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) opens in Nigeria on Sunday and although it is still in its infancy, organisers hope that with time it can become the continent's Cannes. Seventy films from across the continent will be screened in a series of venues over seven days in the southern coastal city of Calabar, which Nigeria has tried to promote as an emerging cultural hub. "For an African film to come out in Cannes...
(La Prospérité 10/25/13)
Tout le monde en parle. JB Mpiana jouera ou pas le 21 décembre en la salle Zénith de Paris ? Cette question circule sur toutes les lèvres dans la communauté congolaise de France, Belgique jusqu’en Allemagne. Après la conférence de presse tenue à l’hôtel Méridien en pleine capitale française par l’artiste pour confirmer sa soirée dans cette salle mythique, les états-majors de Combattants ou résistants «Bana Congo» sont mobilisés pour faire la contre publicité sur l’événement. Tout Schengen est en...
(CNN 09/20/13)
London (CNN) -- The girls strutting down the runway in The Savoy Hotel share many features - all are long-limbed, fine-boned and have glowing complexions. A silent army marching to the heavy music, past the front row A-listers peering out from behind their dark glasses. But one girl is different: the only one with black skin in a battalion of white faces. Nadja is one of the few black models lucky enough to make this year's cut for London Fashion...
(L'Avenir Quotidien 08/20/13)
De son enfance africaine, Helmie Bellini a gardé une voix noble et fière. De sa vie européenne, elle a tiré le meilleur des mots, tour à tour légers ou profonds. Enrichie de toutes les rencontres, Helmie Bellini a développé un voyage musical sans frontière. A en croire Journaldebrazza.com qui la présente, le projet « Il était une voix » est construit depuis 2005. Et ceci est la référence de toutes les voix qui l’ont marquée. La source indique que cette...
(L'Avenir Quotidien 08/01/13)
De son nom, Passy Tombo Bouba Diop est un peintre qui sort de la mêlée. La manière et les couleurs dont il se sert font de lui un artiste rarissime dans ce domaine à Kinshasa. Fils de Passy Tombo Jean Oscar et de Muanda Mvumbi Suzanne, cet artiste trouve son inspiration dans ses riches racines anthropologiques africaines. Et ceci pour faire remonter à la surface les couleurs originelles de la tradition africaine : le noir et le blanc. Par lesquelles...
(AFP (eng) 07/25/13)
The headlines out of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which tend to evoke images of bloodshed, rape, ethnic hatred and government corruption, are usually no laughing matter, but political cartoonist Kashoun Thembo is an expert at wringing humour out of his country's tragedies. Capturing the newsmakers and travails of life in DR Congo with a fierce pen he hits home and spares no one. At the end of each afternoon, Kash -- the pen name he took in 1992 to...
(Bloomberg 01/29/15)
(Bloomberg) -- African nations should consider cutting fuel subsidies and oil exporters must curb spending as a slump in crude prices takes its toll on government revenue, International Monetary Fund Manging Director Christine Lagarde said. An almost 60 percent drop in oil prices since June has forced policy makers in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest crude producer, to devalue the currency, raise interest rates to a record and consider shaving the 2015 budget by 8 percent. As President Goodluck Jonathan seeks re-election on Feb. 14, he’s avoided further cutting fuel subsidies that cost as much as $7 billion a year, after an attempt to do so in 2012 sparked protests. Subsidizing countries “should think about reducing and...
(CNN 01/27/15)
(CNN)Players from Tunisia and the Democratic Republic of Congo embraced each other in celebration as both sides played out a 1-1 draw to book their passage into the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations. In a tense finale to Group B, all four teams still had the chance to qualify for the last eight until the final whistle went in a goalless draw between Cape Verde and Zambia in torrid conditions. It sparked contrasting celebrations, the coaches and players in Bata celebrating in unison while there were tears in Ebebiyin as 2012 champions Zambia bowed out in the group stages for a second successive tournament.
(BBC News Africa 01/27/15)
DR Congo coach Florent Ibenge and his Tunisia counterpart Georges Leekens were unconcerned about how their sides made Africa Cup of Nations progress. Both teams reached the last eight after their 1-1 draw - with DR Congo pipping Cape Verde, who drew with Zambia, to qualification on goals scored. Ibenge said: "We have qualified for the quarter-finals with some difficulty." Leekens said: "We know we are not the best or the most beautiful but we have qualified and I am...
(The Guardian 01/26/15)
‘I’ve lost all desire to live in my own country’ says a mother whose son was killed in a police crackdown on protests against proposed changes to DRC constitution. Arms crossed and hands on shoulders, Hortense Basila let out a moan that rose from deep inside and filled her eyes with tears. “My child!” she cried. “When will I see him again? Oh my God. May they give me my child back. My son, my Christian. We are poor people...
(Voice of America 01/26/15)
A spokesman for the Democratic Republic of Congo government said Sunday’s senate approval of controversial election legislation was a defeat for opponents of President Joseph Kabila who, he claimed, were planning a coup d’état. The ruling majority agreed to remove articles in the proposed law that required the completion of a vast census before the 2016 election, a move that the opposition said would have allowed Kabila to extend his stay in power. Information Minister Lambert Mende said it was...
(BBC News Africa 01/24/15)
The Democratic Republic of Congo senate has amended a controversial census bill following four days of violent nationwide protests. The new version, to be approved by the lower house, removes the requirement to hold a census before the next election. The opposition had said this was a way for President Joseph Kabila to extend his time in office rather than stand down next year as planned. Hundreds of students took to the streets to celebrate the news. Human rights groups say that dozens of people have been killed during the protests.
(Bloomberg 01/24/15)
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s Senate bowed to protests that left 40 people dead and abandoned plans for a revised electoral law to require that a census be held before elections next year. Opposition politicians had warned that linking the census to the vote would delay the ballot and illegally prolong President Joseph Kabila’s mandate, which ends in 2016. Drivers in the capital, Kinshasa, honked horns and people cheered when the vote on the law was announced Friday on state...
(Dw-World 01/24/15)
The world's population is constantly growing, and with it the interest of investors in Africa's arable land. The continent has vast untapped potential - but can local producers compete with foreign companies? The wind whistling through Berlin on Monday (19.01.2015) was icy. Three Italian tourists carefully navigated the frozen puddles on the sidewalk as they scurried to the Brandenburg Gate, ignoring the black limousines gliding past them in front of the exclusive Adlon Hotel. These limos were unloading delegates to...
(Ips News 01/24/15)
Abu Dhabi — Diversification of Africa's electricity sources by embarking on renewable energy solutions - such as solar, wind, geothermal and hydro power - is being heralded as a solution to the continent's energy poverty. But although a number of countries are already reaping benefits from investment in renewables, there is concern that many of the countries are yet to exploit those resources. African ministers and delegates at the Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference in Abu Dhabi from January...
(BBC News Africa 01/23/15)
The Democratic Republic of Congo senate has amended a controversial census bill following four days of violent nationwide protests. The new version removes the requirement to hold a census before a presidential election. The opposition said this was a way for President Joseph Kabila to extend his time in office rather than stand down next year as planned. The lower house of parliament still has to approve the changes.
(Voice of America 01/23/15)
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s information minister said President Joseph Kabila has no intention to amend the country’s constitution to stay in power. Lambert Mende said the DRC is not Burkina Faso and rejected comparisons between President Kabila and Blaise Compaore, the former Burkina Faso president who tried to change his country’s constitution to remain in power but was forced out of office by protesters. “They tried on the 19th of January to have a Burkina Faso-style of developments here...
(Voice of America 01/23/15)
UNITED NATIONS— U.N. peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous warned Thursday that it would take time to defeat Rwandan rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo, given that the group lived among civilians and that the United Nations wanted to avoid a repeat of a 2009 humanitarian crisis. The U.N. Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) has finished preparatory operations ahead of a planned military offensive to dislodge the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR),...
(BBC News Africa 01/23/15)
The Democratic Republic of Congo senate has delayed a vote on a national census which has sparked violent protests because it would delay elections. Clashes continued on Thursday in the eastern city of Goma, with police reportedly firing live ammunition. Human rights organisations say dozens have been killed, although this is disputed by the government. Protesters say the plan is a move to ensure President Joseph Kabila extends his time in office. The BBC's Maud Jullien in the capital, Kinshasa,...
(World Bulletin 01/23/15)
U.N. peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous warned on Thursday that it would take time to defeat Rwandan rebels in Democratic Republic of Congo given the group lived among civilians and the United Nations wanted to avoid a repeat of a 2009 humanitarian crisis. The U.N. force (MONUSCO) has finished preparatory operations ahead of a planned military offensive to dislodge the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), a group at the heart of years of conflict in Central Africa's Great...
(BBC News Africa 01/22/15)
Clashes have erupted in Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo because the internet has been cut off since Tuesday, witnesses have told the BBC. Hundreds of angry protesters took to the streets demanding it be restored, along with text messaging services. They also called for the release of those arrested this week in nationwide demonstrations against President Joseph Kabila extending his rule. Witnesses said live ammunition was used to disperse the crowd. It is the fourth day of unrest...
(The Guardian 01/22/15)
Fifteen years after a UN resolution stressed the vital role of women in conflict resolution, only 2% of its largest mission – in DRC – are female. Major Shikha Mehrotra is a rarity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: a female officer in the UN’s peacekeeping force. That Mehrotra, who belongs to the Indian brigade, and her female colleagues form only 2% of the world’s largest peacekeeping mission reflects how little has changed since 2000, when the UN security...
(The Guardian 01/22/15)
Despite some success, women in DRC striving to help resolve the country’s conflicts are hindered by cultural constraints and entrenched gender roles. Sitting at a table in a dimly lit restaurant in Goma, Chantal Rugenera Kambibi reflects on the challenges faced by Congolese women involved in peacekeeping. “We who take courage, who talk, we’re seen like women who lost their heads, who are abnormal,” says the head of mission for the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s programme of stabilisation and...
(Ventures Africa 01/22/15)
VENTURES AFRICA – CEOs representing some of Africa’s most attractive mining companies will gather in Cape Town, South Africa, from the 9th to the 12th February 2015, for the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba. The Indaba is a summit that brings together major mining players, and provides a platform for further investment around the continent. More than 900 mining corporates are already confirmed to attend the event. “For more than 20 years, Africa’s mining companies have played a pivotal...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/21/15)
KINSHASA Wed Jan 21, 2015 (Reuters) - At least 11 people were killed on Tuesday in protests in Democratic Republic of Congo against a draft measure that could delay the 2016 presidential election, the government said on Wednesday, bringing the toll from two days of violence to 14. Government spokesman Lambert Mende said the victims were a policeman and 10 civilians, killed by security guards as they tried to loot private property in Kinshasa. Congo's opposition parties called the protests...
(World Bulletin 01/21/15)
Security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have arrested two opposition figures one day after deadly clashes between police and protesters in the capital Kinshasa, an opposition alliance said Tuesday. "Jean-Claude Muyambo, former president of the bar association of the southeastern Lumbashi region, and Franck Diongo were both arrested at dawn in the wake of Monday's protests," Giscard Kusema of Union for the Congolese Nation (UNC) party told The Anadolu Agency. Congolese authorities have yet to confirm the...

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