EditorialEditorial11 October 20171min

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”.


EditorialEditorial11 October 20171min

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.


EditorialEditorial30 September 20171min

A DRC army Antonov crashed this morning in the outskirts of Kinshasa.

The Russian-made aircraft which took off from N’Djili Airport was bound for Bukavu, in eastern DRC to deliver ammunitions to army troops battling a rebellion in that part of the country.

The causes of the crash are still unknown. Meanwhile, reliable sources indicate the aircraft was transporting two army vehicles and loads of ammunitions.

No one survived the crash.

KINSHASATIMES.CD will be coming back with more details later.


EditorialEditorial4 April 20172min

The opposition’s call for a general strike aimed to arm-twist the regime into implementing the New Year’s Eve agreement resulted in Kinshasa and other major cities grinding to a halt.

Kinshasa usual morning bustling with life at taxi ranks and bus stations, the swarming street-vendors at the central market, or the bumper-to-bumper traffic on main Kinshasa roads were nowhere to be seen. It was not until early in the afternoon that, shyly, traffic resumed on the main roads of the capital. Goma, Bunia, Mbuji-Mayi… also idled in the morning.

The opposition celebrated what it termed a “successful general strike”. Pundits however believe many reasons might have contributed to that success: supporters heeding the strike call, non-supporters keeping indoors for fear of reprisals from supporters, lack of conveyance or simply not missing an opportunity for a holiday.

The call was made by the opposition wing known as the Rassemblement subsequent to the deadlock in the negotiations brokered by Catholic bishops. Bishops have since terminated their good offices, handing the matter back over to Kabila to arrive at a settlement.

KINSHASATIMES.CD provides below shots of the ghost city that Kinshasa was.



La RédactionLa Rédaction13 February 20172min

Three people, including an infant, were unfortunately found dead yesterday Tuesday, February 7, in the district Nzuzi wa Mbombo, after the strong downpour that hit the city province of Kinshasa.

This deadly and devastating rain which began around 5 am caused floods of water that invaded homes and public infrastructure. This is notably the case of Masina, where 3 people died.

“When we arrived at the scene of the tragedy, the three bodies were evacuated for the morgue. The family is weakened, “said Djeff Ngamokuba, living in the same neighborhood with the two bereaved families.

According to him, two bodies are of the same family, while the other is neighbors, but they all ended up on the banks of the Nsanga River in district 1 of the Commune of Masina.
However, it should be noted that in Limete, Bumbu, Matete, Gombe, Kalamu and Ngaba, the provincial government of Kinshasa reported several casualties. Many goods have been swept away or damaged by these dirty and wild waters.

Some residents of the capital have taken advantage of this drama to empty the contents of their skeptic pit, without taking into account the harmful effects of this practice on their own health. This is done in the open air, and they justifie this practice with the cost of living that is becoming more and more expensive, thus making them unable to resort to the service of draining the skeptical graves. A shameful and detrimental practice to health, which, however, is used every time the rain comes in this city where hygiene services no longer exist. This must challenge the government of Kinshasa but also the provincial deputies of this agglomeration.


La RédactionLa Rédaction13 February 20173min

Kinshasa has woken under water this Tuesday. Several streets and roads were flooded by water from the rain that has fallen on the city from the early hours of the morning until the early afternoon. You would say you are in Venice this morning in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. A long rainy morning has disturbed the normal course of business in Kinshasa. This must challenge the provincial authority of Kinshasa, which should ask itself whether it really exists.

n Limete salongo, taxi-humans spontaneously emerged to sell their services. At the cost of two hundred Congolese francs, Eric 13 years, facilitates the crossing to the passengers who cannot get to their services otherwise than mounting on his back to avoid getting dirty, given the high level of waters. “I just moved in this neighborhood less than six months ago and have never seen such a flood of waters. The necessary provisions must be taken by the authorities before the worst happens to us, “said one man, paying the cost of the back-taxi which allowed him to cross the street to reach the bus stop.

Similar scenes occurred in other municipalities and districts of Kinshasa. In Kingabua, Mont-Ngafula, Masina, N’djili, Ngaliema, Kinshasa … several material damage was recorded. Some do not even know where they are going to sleep tonight as rainwater has invaded homes. “The rain has devided our street in two, an electric pole that had been implanted in it fell, breaking the pipe of the Regideso,” says an inhabitant of Mont-Ngafula. The main arteries were not spared. On the Boulevard du 30 Juin, avenue des Huileries, avenue des Poids lourds, the waters had risen up to half a meter high.

Several businesses have remained closed. Stalls in the central market of Kinshasa were empty until eleven o’clock, contrary to habits. This situation brings to the surface the question of allotment of the city and maintenance of the water pipes by the competent state services and their daily use by the populations. A meeting convened by the governor of the city of Kinshasa, André Kimbuta, will take place this Wednesday, January 8 with the mayors to assess the human and material damage caused by this rain.


La RédactionLa Rédaction13 February 20174min

Still under the waters, the city of Kinshasa province struggles to recover after this torrential rain fell on Tuesday morning, causing four dead and one wounded, with enormous material damages.

This is what the governor of the city, André Kimbuta told KINSHASATIMES.CD after an extraordinary Council of Ministers, extended to the Mayors and experts.

“We recorded four deaths in the municipality of Barumbu alone. It is still a provisional record. In addition, there is a lady, who is seriously wounded in the Bumbu commune. Given the importance of the damage, I convened an Extraordinary Council of Ministers, extended to the Mayors and experts,” said Governor Andre Kimbuta.

According to the authority of the city, the Extraordinary Council decided to set up a Commission with the task of identifying the human and material damage and the actions to be taken in relation to emergencies due to this heavy rain.

However, said Kimbuta concerning the emergencies: we should “first bury the dead, help the bereaved families, then to cure the rivers Kalamu, Makelele and that of the Gombe which are the basis of all of this, and also intervene in schools and medical centers that have suffered damage and urgently rehabilitate the roads of Kulumba and Pelenda at Masina which are destroyed”.

Other emergencies include the rehabilitation of National No. 1 towards Benseke Cemetery and the road leading to the public dump in Mpasa, which are currently cut off due to the rain. Also, the fight against erosions, which have been active for some time now in the city.

“I ask the population to be careful about this season, which is a period of rains,” he urged, before calling the Kinois not to live along the rivers. He then mentions that all those who built on the gutters, the collectors will be identified and arrested, and promises that all anarchic constructions will be destroyed in the medium term.

The Mettelsat advocates for the setting up of an alert throughout the city. Speaking on the issue, Deputy Managing Director of Mettelsat, Nestor Niangi, pleaded for the establishment of an alert across the city province of Kinshasa. This will inform the population of Kinshasa about the kind of disasters that could happen as a result of a rain.

According to him, this challenge involves a rational management of the rainfall networks of the city of Kinshasa. An initiative that has been taken by the European Union. “There was talk that the management of this network was entrusted to Mettelsat, but until now, nothing is done and nobody knows who runs this network,” he said remorsefully.

However, the Deputy Managing Director of the Mettelsat continues, this network is very important for the management of this kind of situation. “We have spoken of the deaths of men following the floods … Studies have to be carried out to find out the resurgence of this kind of rain, but to manage to do so, one must have the data.

This requires historical data for at least thirty years. Now, on the city of Kinshasa, our network is at the airport and at Binza. So it does not allow us to follow the exact situation of the city of Kinshasa. For this we must strengthen this network of rainfall observation, because the parameters vary the most here in the city of Kinshasa,” he concluded.


La RédactionLa Rédaction20 September 20161min

manifestation-a-kinshasa2The situation still remained tense in morning of 20 September 2016 following demonstrations and scuffles with the police which, according to the government, claimed 17 lives. The opposition called for demonstrations to demand for the holding of prudential elections.

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