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A final farewell: William Swing receives standing ovation from MONUC staff

MONUC - December 14, 2007

William SwingAs his final departure from the DRC draws nearer, William Lacy Swing, who directed the United Nations Mission to the DR Congo (MONUC) for 4 years, met with MONUC Kinshasa staff to bid farewell on 12 December 2007.
IEC holds evaluation meeting to point the way forward for 2008

MONUC - December 13, 2007

Apolinaire MalumaluThe Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) held an evaluation meeting with its NGO partners at its offices in Kinshasa on 12 December 2007, to assess the lessons learned from the 2006 elections, and to create a strategic framework for the holding of the DRC local, urban and municipal elections in 2008.
MONUC is committed to defending the towns of Sake and Goma

MONUC - December 12, 2007

MONUCAt its weekly press conference of 12 December 2007, MONUC announced that more than 4,500 blue helmets have been deployed in North Kivu province, to ensure the defence of the towns of Goma and Sake. Furthermore, blue helmets will maintain their presence in Mushake to protect displaced populations in Kilolirwe, Kitchanga and Kanyabayonga.
After Military Gains, DRC Rebels Poised Above Town Near Goma

VOA News - December 12, 2007

Congo-Kinshasa - Goma - SakeGeneral Indrajeet Narayan of MONUC, the United Nations peacekeeping force in DRC, says the army is consolidating its power and will come out stronger than it has been. "Reversals take place in war. Sometimes you have victories, sometimes you have reversals," he said. "I am sure this reversal is a very temporary reversal in nature. The FARDC [government forces] will consolidate and will come out stronger than ever it was."
DR Congo rebels retake key town

BBC News - December 11, 2007

Congo - Uganda borderIt has been confirmed that rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo have recaptured the eastern town of Mushake, which they ceded to the army last week.
South Africa to support National Reconciliation in the DRC

Government of South Africa - December 10, 2007

Joseph Kabila - Thabo MbekiThe South African Embassy in Kinshasa will, in view of South Africa's Day of Reconciliation on 16 December 2007, undertake a series of activities that will assist the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo embark on structural reform processes to deepen and entrench democratic principles, including respects for human rights, good governance and sustainable development.
One day plea by Congolese women for equal representation

MONUC - December 7, 2007

William SwingA one day plea, initiated by the Permanent Dialogue Framework of the Congolese Woman (CAFCO), for an equal man-woman representation within the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) was held on 7 December 2007, in the Palais de Peuple in Kinshasa. The aim is that members of Parliament respect the equality man-woman law in the bill on the CENI.
Kabila Says No to a Revision of the Constitution

Congo Planet - December 7, 2007

Congo Parliament - KinshasaIn his state of the nation speech on December 6th, President Kabila warned against a rush to revise the constitution everytime there is a percieved problem with the functionning of the country's instutitions.
Kabila: "We must finish the war (in North Kivu), whatever the cost"

MONUC - December 6, 2007

Joseph KabilaIn his annual address on the state of the nation this Thursday 6 November 2007 in Kinshasa in front of parliament, DRC president Joseph Kabila underlined in particular the achievements of the government, in relation to security, development and international relations.
Army seizes DR Congo rebel base

BBC News - December 5, 2007

Congo - Rwanda borderThe Democratic Republic of Congolese armed forces say they have taken control of the rebel headquarters in the eastern town of Mushake. After a night-long barrage, the army overran Gen Laurent Nkunda's base, their field commander told the BBC.



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