| Africatime
Friday 30 January 2015
(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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