A new dawn for a peaceful, prosperous Great Lakes region

A new dawn for a peaceful, prosperous Great Lakes region

Africa Times contributed post By Said Djinnit On 24 February 2013, eleven African heads of state made history in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Peace, Security, and Cooperation Framework (PSCF) for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Great Lakes region came into being. Sudan and Kenya joined the group 11 months…

MONUSCO: Six dead in Congolese protests against Kabila government

Six people were killed Sunday in Kinshasa, as security forces shut down protest marches against President Joseph Kabila’s government organized by lay leaders of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Roman Catholic churches. Florence Marchal, a spokeswoman for the United Nations mission there, told MONUSCO-affiliated Radio Okapi that there also were…

Zambia plans new facility to welcome Congolese fleeing DRC

With thousands of Congolese refugees streaming across the border into neighboring Zambia, the government in Lusaka announces a new permanent refugee settlement facility will open in the Mantapala area of Nchelenge District, near Lake Mweru in the country’s far north. The center will open soon to relieve congestion at Kenani,…

Refugees fleeing DR Congo violence pour into Zambia

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says alarm is ever-growing over extreme violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the number of refugees now fleeing into neighboring Zambia. Some 3,360 refugees poured across the border in September, more than doubling the total number who have sought safety…

UN group to Kabila: Publish a DR Congo electoral calendar

President Joseph Kabila, whose term as president of Democratic Republic of Congo expired last December, shows no signs of moving toward the delayed presidential elections he has refused to hold. He has shrugged off any commitment to a December 31 power-sharing deal with the country’s Rassemblement political opposition coalition, one…

DRC: Joseph Kabila’s desperate lobbying attempts laid bare

It is quite an audacious undertaking to compare a brutally despotic dictator against an exiled man who was forced to flee his home country to protect his life, and have the dictator come out on top. Alas, that is exactly what a recent sponsored hit piece in the Washington Times…

Michael Wilcox

I am a London-based researcher specialized in security issues and environmental protection. He is currently writing a book about the role lobbying plays in keeping African leaders in power.

MONUSCO condemns DR Congo military intrusion at Kananga base

The intrusion by Congolese military forces earlier this week at a United Nations base in the violent Kasai region has received strong condemnation from the head of MONUSCO mission Maman Sidikou. Sidikou, the UN special representative in Democratic Republic of Congo, said the incident was especially troubling because it was…