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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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EditorialEditorial10 October 20171min0

Author of an oral question addressed to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the National MP of the Union for the Congolese Nation (UNC), Juvénal Munubo expressed his dissatisfaction with the extension of the moratorium on invalidation of semi-biometric passports originally planned as at 16 October 2017.

“The risk of terrorism referred to by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs [Leonard She Okitundu. editor’s note], as well as other reasons such as the ban of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) are all imaginary, “said UNC MP on the telephone of KINSHASATIMES.CD.

Juvénal Munubo maintains his position with regard to the abolition of this measure: “I expect nothing but the withdrawal of this decision” because, according to him, it prejudices many compatriots.

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EditorialEditorial10 October 20171min0

In a statement issued by the African Union on Monday, 02 October 2017, the Pan-African organization made the feedback of the mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo by the President of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki.

The President of the African Union Commission met with the DRC forces from 28 September to 1 October to inquire about the current situation, reaffirming the AU’s strong desire to accompany the country in the “hot” phase it passes through.

“In accordance with the Constitution and the Agreement of 31 December 2017, the President of the AU Commission strongly encouraged all his interlocutors to go beyond their particularities in order to ensure a political environment conducive to a peaceful and authentically consensual electoral process”, reads the press release.

Moussa Faki also welcomed the commitment of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) to publish the electoral calendar, “as expected by the Congolese people” and all the actors, in “reasonable time” and “as soon as possible”. To this end, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission is committed to engaging with all national and international actors in support of the AU Action.

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EditorialEditorial10 October 20171min0

The measure of the invalidation of semi-biometric passports on October 16 is extended to January 14, 2018. She Okitundu, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, so stated on Monday at the National Assembly.

In addition to extending this measure, the head of Congolese diplomacy announced that the holders of semi-biometric passports whose validity runs until 2019 and 2020 will benefit from the new biometric passport at the price of 100 US dollars instead of 185.

Old passports containing one or more valid visas remain subject to the obligation to obtain a biometric passport in order to benefit from a consular seal which will allow the holder to move freely until the expiry of his visa.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs pointed out, however, that “the official passport price remains 185 US dollars”.

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EditorialEditorial10 October 20171min0

Young people gathered at the Belgian Embassy in Kinshasa on November 3 with a coffin to claim the remains of the first Prime Minister of the DRC, Patrice Lumumba, and to bury him with dignity in a grave.

According to these young people, it was Belgium that assassinated the Congolese National Hero, as testified by Gérard Soete, the then Belgian Police Commissioner who admits, in that documentary on the death of the Congolese National Hero, having carved Patrice with the saw and holding 2 of his teeth.

In a political context where the mother country turns more and more it back on the current regime in Kinshasa, the aim of this descent seems also to be a reminder to humanity of the responsibility of Belgium in the current Congolese political situation whose roots are far away.

Indeed, Gérard Soete and his brother, who carved Lumumba, claim to have diluted the parts of his body in sulfuric acid. On May 15, 2001, Soete even told AFP that he threw the two teeth of Lumumba, which he kept, in the North Sea.

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EditorialEditorial10 October 20171min0

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, through a report sent to the Security Council, expressed his concern about the reduction in the days to come of troops of the Blue Helmets in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In this strategic study, MONUSCO’s number one fears that further scaling down of the UN mission forces, the largest in the world (18,000 men), will no longer enable it to prevent “a collapse of the country”.

“Member states should be cautious in the event of further budget cuts in this mission, as they may jeopardize its ability to fulfill its primary obligations,” warns Antonio Guterres, before recalling that the ultimate goal of MONUSCO is to prevent the “collapse of the DR Congo, threatening regional and international stability”.

The UN Security Council last March decided to reduce the troop strength of MONUSCO by 2,000. The 15 members of the Council will meet next week in a meeting on the DR Congo.

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La RédactionLa Rédaction10 October 20171min0

34 prisoners escaped on Sunday (September 24th) from the Mwenga prison in South Kivu province. According to the Administrator of Mwenga Territory Désiré Masumbuko, quoted by AFP, these detainees, including 27 convicted of rape and others for theft and murder, took advantage of the rain to break through the prison wall.

“Our services have just recovered three escapees. 31 others are still in the wild,” said Masumbuko, adding that in this prison “prison conditions are deplorable” because “of the lack of food and medicines that are no longer provided “by the State.

Several cases of escapes were recorded this year in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The first one is that of the Central Prison of Makala, last May 17, with more than 4,000 escaped.

At the beginning of June, nearly 900 prisoners had escaped from the prison of the city of Beni, in North Kivu. On September 3, 119 prisoners had escaped from Kabinda Prison, in Lomami Province.

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EditorialEditorial6 October 20172min0

A rumor has been circulating since the weekend: “Students are still going to attack schools on Monday. We have to keep the children at home,” the parents whispered. At the base of the rumor too, “the day without professors” launched by trade unionists. This morning, from Seventh Street to the city center, through the Victoire roundabout, students are invisible.

Schools that do not believe in this rumor have nevertheless opened their doors to welcome students as usual. Some parents come to drop off their children. Some students, on the other hand, braved fear in solo to go to school, but covertly. One of them met in the taxi in blue skirt tergal has a camouflage hood to the head “to go unnoticed in the eyes of the presumed” students who will be angry with him for going to school.

On Monday, September 18, some schools in Kinshasa were attacked by strangers who presented themselves as students. A panic has invaded the city with the parents running to and fro to get their children back from school. These attacks would be linked to the double strike at Higher Education and Primary and Secondary Education caused by the non-payment of teachers.

The Minister of Higher Education and University received in the immediate, students indexed in this case to clear it. The latter “concerned about the current session” have denied being involved in this panic. The police have reassured that the situation is under control.

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