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EditorialEditorial16 October 20172min0

President Joseph Kabila received his South African counterpart and current chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Jacob Zuma who was on a one-day state visit to Kinshasa this Sunday 15 October.

According to the joint statement sanctioning the visit, Kabila and Zuma thrashed out the general situation prevailing in the SADC region and in the Great Lakes region. Both heads of state took the opportunity to gauge the democratic process unfolding in the DRC.

“They [Kabila and Zuma] held brotherly discussions on the unfolding political, security and economic situation in the SADC space and in the Great Lakes region. To that effect, both heads of state reiterated their full support to the relevant political decisions made by SADC 37th summit regarding the positive evolution of the political situation in the DRC” noted the joint statement.

Touching on the diplomatic ties between Kinshasa and Pretoria, Kabila and Zuma renewed their commitment to consolidating the excellent bilateral relationships existing between the two countries.

Known for his support to the Kinshasa regime, Zuma did not fail to reaffirm his support to the ongoing electoral process in the country, a process which is rejected by the radical opposition while the international community is after an electoral calendar that complies with both the letter and spirit of the 31 December Agreement.

“Further, the South African President expressed his support to the ongoing electoral process in the DRC” stressed the communiqué.


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EditorialEditorial11 October 20172min0

The United Nations has decided to withdraw the Democratic Republic of Congo from the blacklist of child soldier recruiting countries within their armed forces. The Minister of Defense, Crispin Atama, has not hidden his emotions following the decision taken by the UN.

According to Atama, this good news follows the efforts made by the country through the elements of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo, in collaboration with UNICEF, to end the recruitment of minors in the army.

Meanwhile, at the Ministry of Defense, a commission has been set up to evaluate the criteria proposed by the United Nations to also help the DRC out of the black list of countries that excel in sexual violence.

This joint commission is composed of the members of the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Justice, Human Rights, FARDC, the Police and other security services.

“The perpetrators of sexual violence must be prosecuted. Instructions have been given so that each Unit Commander now feels responsible in the event of a blundering of the Gender denounced as sexual violence by signing a pledge,” said Crispin Atama.

 

The elements of the Congolese army deserve a reward for the efforts made in the fight against sexual abuse.

“The United Nations has gratified us. We believe that we are cleaned up and are now able to represent the DRC in peacekeeping units around the world,” concluded the Congolese Defense Minister.


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EditorialEditorial11 October 20171min0

A UN peacekeeper in the UN Mission for the Stabilization of Congo (MONUSCO) was killed on Monday in Beni, North Kivu, during the attack this morning of a MONUSCO base by the rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). The information was confirmed by the spokesperson of the UN Mission.

Also during the same attack, twelve peacekeepers were wounded and transferred to hospital MONUSCO in Goma, the administrative capital of the province of North Kivu. The Ugandan rebels of the ADF resumed their activities for a few days in this part of the country with the attack last Saturday of a dozen motorcycle taxis on the Kamango-Mbau axis.

It should be remembered that the ADF, originating from neighboring Uganda, has been active in this part of the DRC since 1995. It is accused of being the perpetrator of the violence that has cost more than 700 deaths in Beni since October 2014 and of the instability prevailing in the region.


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EditorialEditorial11 October 20172min0

Sources close to the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) of the Democratic Republic of Congo revealed this weekend in Washington that the expected elections in DR Congo could, at best, only be held at the end of 2018.

According to this revelation made to the Reuters Agency from the United States, where the CENI President visited earlier this week, this information will be officially announced in the days to come. The same source also indicates that financial and security constraints are mainly two reasons for this new extension.

“Without sufficient [international] support, the preparations for the elections can be extended over an even longer period, eventually bringing the vote back to May or July 2019,” warns the source that entrusts itself to the British agency.

Test ball?

It now appears that the ground from which the future of the electoral process in the Democratic Republic of Congo will emerge is abroad. After the announcement in Paris on July 7 by the President of the CENI of the impossibility of holding elections as provided by the New Year’s Eve Agreement, by the end of 2017, it is in Washington, where would still stay Corneille Nangaa, that takes place which, if confirmed by official sources, could be qualified as a new “test ball”.

Voter registration in the DRC continues in the Kasaï provinces until next December, the last step before the [likely] publication of the electoral calendar, which is eagerly awaited by both national and international opinion.


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EditorialEditorial11 October 20171min0

The President of the National Assembly, Aubin Minaku, has been the object of several criticisms in the last 24 hours by the MPs Members of Parties of the Opposition after the dismissal of the debate on the conflict in Kasaï and the series of ” escapes of prisoners in recent months in several prison houses in DR Congo.

On the basis of these criticisms, the incidental motion waged by National MP Zacharie Bababaswe in opposition to motions of no confidence against the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, and the Minister of State in charge of Justice , Alexis Thambwe Mwamba.

The MP Toussaint Alonga invites the national elected representatives to “assume full responsibility” in front of the behavior of the Speaker of the Lower House of the Parliament which, according to him, is “emptying parliamentary democracy of its substance”

Faced with the accusations of the initiators of motions of defiance against the Ministers of the Interior and Justice, Aubin Minaku, also Secretary General of the Presidential Majority defends himself saying, in turn, that he is fulfilling his role in accordance with the “principles”.


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EditorialEditorial11 October 20171min0

Some 50 international and local NGOs oppose the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) candidacy for membership at the UN Human Rights Council. 

These NGOs justify their position by the “multiple violations of Human Rights” of which are responsible the Power in place in Kinshasa and its security forces. According to the Deputy Secretary of FIDH, speaking on an international media, the DRC is not “exemplary in respect of Human Rights”.

“It is the capital of rape and violence against women, of political assassinations, of mass massacres both in the east of the country and in the Kasai, with more or less, within a year, 5000 people mowed, 80 mass graves. And even UN experts have been murdered,” he said.


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EditorialEditorial11 October 20171min0

The President (or former according to the MPP) of the Provincial Assembly of Kinshasa expressed surprise at the news of his dismissal fell in the afternoon this Thursday 06 October 2017.

Roger Nsingi formally rejected his eviction, claiming that he remains the President of the Provincial Assembly of the city of Kinshasa and calls the initiative of the MPP a “biased approach”.

“It is the President of the Assembly who convenes the plenary,” Nsingi told Top Congo, referring to procedural flaws during the plenary session of his dismissal, which was led by his Vice-President Francis Mbengama.

As a reminder, 39 MPP of Kinshasa voted for the dismissal of the President of the Provincial Assembly, Roger Nsingi, to whom they reproach, among other things, financial mismanagement and incompetence.


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EditorialEditorial11 October 20171min0

“In the name of the entire nation, national public institutions and his own, the Head of State expresses his deepest condolences to the highly respected Mother Olangi Wosho Elisabeth, to the biological family of the deceased, to all the believers of the Spiritual Combat, in the country and throughout the world,” says the statement signed by Nehémie Mwuilanya, Director of the Office of the President of the Republic. 

The President of the Republic, Joseph Kabila, was “surprised” to learn of the death of the International Apostle and Evangelist, Olangi Joseph-Ezekiel On’asambi on this Sunday, October 1st.

For the occasion, he instructed the Prime Minister Bruno Tshibala’s Government to “associate with the family of the deceased in order to organize the funerals which honor the memory of the illustrious late,” the same statement said. Papa Olangi, co-founder and shepherd of the Christian Ministry of Spiritual Combat, MCCS, was laid to rest in South Africa, Johannesburg precisely, following a heart attack that went wrong. His body will be repatriated to the DRC in the coming days.


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EditorialEditorial11 October 20171min0

Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) President, Corneille Nangaa, traveled to the United States on Monday for an official mission whose purpose and duration have not been revealed, says a report by the ACP.

In early September, the President of CENI made a trip to the American capital, where he conducted discussions with partners on the ongoing electoral process in the DRC.

In addition, Corneille Nangaa could take this opportunity to present the challenges (financial and logistical) facing his institution, in connection with the organization of the elections in accordance with the Agreement of 31 December 2016.


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EditorialEditorial11 October 20172min0

Cory A. Book; Benjamin I. Cardin; Richard J. Durbin; Christopher A. Coons and 3 other US senators criticized President Donald Trump for his support for the reduction of troops of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) by the Security Council on 28 March, in a context where the pockets of tension multiply in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“The decision of the Security Council of March 2017, supported by your Administration, to reduce the number of MONUSCO peacekeepers left the UN mission poorly equipped to ensure security in the east of the DRC and to respond to recent violence in the other parts of the country,” they wrote in their letter to the White House on 3 October.

According to them, “the deployment in low numbers and lack of resources by MONUSCO can lead to loss in human lives.”

During negotiations between members of the Security Council at the end of March, President Donald Trump suggested that the US would reduce US funding to the UN. As a result, the UN mission’s military strength would decrease from 19,815 to 15,000, i.e. 4,815 less. i.e. 4 thousand 815 men less. Finally, resolution 2348, which extended the mandate of Monusco for one year, reduced its strength by only 3,500, also reducing its budget.

A few days before the examination of the same question, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, whom the resolution entrusted with carrying out a strategic study of MONUSCO in order to envisage an adaptation of its forces and a strategy for the exit of this mission, urged the UN member states to be cautious “in case of further budget cuts, as they could compromise its ability to fulfill its core obligations”.