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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 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

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”.

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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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