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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 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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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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EditorialEditorial6 October 20171min0

This was expected since the victory of the ruling party, the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), in general elections with more than 64% of the votes, on its two main contenders, the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) and the Casa-CE which obtained 24.04% and 8.56% respectively.

It finally happened on 26 September: Joao Lourenço elected President by indirect votes, succeeds President José Eduardo dos Santos as head of the country.

The MPLA, in power since the hard-won independence by Angola from Portugal in 1975, retains power with an absolute majority of the 220 seats of Parliament certainly, but the figure of the President is already new.

Several Heads of State and Government are invited to this ceremony, including Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Russian Vladimir Putin and many others.

As Jakaya Kikwete in Tanzania, Edouardo dos Santos, vacates his Chair in favor of his Dauphin, now former Minister of Foreign Affairs; an alternation in a Great Lakes Region where accumulation of mandates and referendums are rampant.