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.


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”.


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.


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.


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.


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.


EditorialEditorial6 October 20172min0

On 25 September 2017, the Lower House of Parliament tabled the examination of the draft organic law on the institution, organization and functioning of the National Council for Monitoring the Agreement and the electoral process, CNSA, with a view to its likely adoption by the majority of MPs.

It is a plenary that is likely to see the absence of the opposition MPs gathered in the Rally, which to this day deny legitimacy of both the CNSA as constituted, and the Government that validated this proposed law by the National MP Grégoire Mirindi.

The consequences of this possible absence of a part of the national elected representatives in the “temple of democracy” can only have a minor impact on the holding of this plenary, especially since the parliamentary majority, or the 3/4 of deputies required by the Constitution is controlled by the Presidential Majority, which is in favor of the Government of Bruno Tshibala and the CNSA of Joseph Olenghankoyi resulting from the Agreement of 31 December 2016.

Without taking into account the voting intentions of the elected representatives, if this law is adopted, it will give the green light to the CNSA to ensure compliance with the Agreement of the New Year’s Eve by all the animators of the Congolese institutions and to monitor and evaluate its implementation with a view to ensuring the organization of credible, transparent and peaceful elections as stated in the said Agreement.


La RédactionLa Rédaction6 October 20171min0

The arm-wrestling at the UN between the Rally led by Felix Tshisekedi and Moïse Katumbi and the MP carried by She Okitundu seconded later by Joseph Kabila produced nothing according to the president of the UDA Originelle, Claudel Lubaya. 

“There is nothing to be gained in New York by either the opposition or the MP. It is here, on the ground (in the DRC), the arena where only the people will come out victorious,” he judges.

For him, to make Joseph Kabila leave the Power passes “by the general mobilization” and, therefore, not by the holding of the elections under the Presidency of Joseph Kabila, to which the Rally of the opposition, in which the UDA is included does not believe any more.


EditorialEditorial28 September 20172min0

Sub-machine-gun and heavy weapon fire resumed on Thursday, September 28, 2017 morning in the hills overlooking the city of Uvira in the province of Sud-Kivu.

It is since 4 am that the population of Uvira is hiding in her homes. Armed men arrived by wooden boats and launched an attack at Kabimba, a town on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, south of Uvira.

“We heard heavy weapon fire everywhere. We shut ourselves up in houses, we only can hear thunders. The militiamen are right next, in the vicinity of the city. They have not yet entered the city,” said a resident of Uvira.

There is no electricity, shops, schools and other institutions are closed.

Military sources said the shots were aimed at clearing the city’s mountainous peripheries and protecting the city. But afterwards, these shots continued on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, south of the city, towards Kalundu, where the FARDC Naval Forces soldiers clashed with militiamen Mayi-Mayi of Yakutumba.

The Mayi-Mayi militia of William Yakutumba promised to march on Uvira after taking control of Mboko, Sunday, September 24.

“Here, the situation is really alarming. There are shots nearly everywhere. Four enemy ships attacked the town early this morning, but the army managed to destroy two,” said a witness on the spot.

The attackers occupied certain localities from Makobola to Mboko, but the FARDC, which received reinforcements on both sides, moved from Lusenda to Mboko and from Uvira to Mboko.


EditorialEditorial27 September 20172min0

The annual report of the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday 26 September in Geneva on the situation of human rights in the DRC calls into question the Congolese security forces and the order-givers, i.e. the political authorities who were “guilty of the waves of murderous repression carried out in the country”.

87 mass graves have been identified in the Kasai, demonstrating the action of the Congolese forces with a use judged “disproportionate” which, according to the OHCHR, led to “one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world”: 5,000 dead and 1.6 million displaced and refugees in one year. But “Little has been done to carry out credible, impartial and independent investigations on the serious human rights violations committed by the Congolese defense and security forces,” regrets the Council.

The violence in North and South Kivu and Tanganyika in the region are also on the list of indicators that underpin the Council’s argument that the Congolese authorities nurture political instability in DRC.

According to the Council, despite the political agreement signed on 31 December 2016, a systematic repression of political opponents, Human Rights defenders and journalists, and the prolonged detention of political prisoners, the number of whom has tripled. The report notes a “lack of political will”, reflected in the postponement of the electoral calendar.