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Surprise visit of President Kabila to Bukavu on January 25

MONUC - January 26, 2007

Joseph Kabila in Bukavu - CongoPresident Joseph Kabila made a surprise visit to Bukavu in South Kivu province on January 25 2007, accompanied by a team of advisers. During the visit, the President also went to the territory of Walungu, close to the exactions of the Hutu Rwandese combatants.
Amnesty:DRC stability threatened as country fails to reform army

Amnesty International - January 25, 2007

Congo-Kinshasa soldiersAmnesty International today warned that the demobilization and army reform programme currently underway in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) risks compromising the country's entire political process and future stability.
President Bush praises Dikembe Mutombo during State of the Union Address

Congo Planet - January 23, 2007

Dikembe Mutombo at the State of the UnionDikembe Mutombo was among the guests of honor at the State of the Union Address. During his annual speech to the nation, President Bush praised Dikembe Mutombo for building a new hospital in the Congo and never forgetting the land of his birth even after becoming a star in the NBA, and a citizen of the United States.
Dissident general wants his troops in national army

IRIN - January 23, 2007

General Nkunda in masisi - CongoLaurent Nkunda, the dissident army general, agreed to participate in talks with the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo on two conditions: that troops loyal to him be integrated into the national army; and that the government ensure the protection and rights of all Kinyarwanda-speakers, most of whom live in eastern Congo.
The AMP of President Kabila takes the majority of seats in the Senate

Monuc - January 22, 2007

Congo DRC senatorial electionsAccording to the results published by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on January 20 2007, the Alliance for the Presidential Majority (AMP) of president Joseph Kabila have achieved an absolute majority with 58 senate seats out of a total of 108. In contrast, the Union for the Nation (UpN) of Jean Pierre Bemba won a total of 21 seats.
No decision yet on amnesty for dissident general, official says

IRIN - January 19, 2007

Laurent KundaDiscussions are still continuing on whether to grant amnesty to the dissident general, Laurent Nkunda, who led an anti-government rebellion in North Kivu, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Deputy Defence Minister for Army Integration, Bernard Mena Mboyo, said on Friday.
DRC senatorial election held this Friday

Monuc - January 19, 2007

Mayor's office - KinshasaThis Friday January 19 2007, the 690 Congolese provincial deputies voted for the senators who will occupy 108 seats all over the DRC, out of a total of 1,127 candidates.
Kabila Rival Wins DRC Senate Seat

VOA News - January 19, 2007

Jean-Pierre BembaThe losing candidate in the Democratic Republic of Congo's historic October presidential runoff election has won a seat in the country's new senate. Jean-Pierre Bemba, a former rebel leader who became vice president during a three-year transitional period, has vowed to use his seat in the senate to lead the political opposition.  Joe Bavier has more for VOA from Kinshasa.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to visit DRC at the end of January

Monuc - January 18, 2007

Ban Ki-MoonNewly appointed UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon will visit the DRC for the first time at the end of January 2007, as part of his first overseas trip as UN Secretary General.
Congo Rebels Shoot Silverback Gorilla For Food

Wildlife Extra/Congo Rangers - January 18, 2007

Congo gorilla in Virunga National ParkRebel soldiers commanded by local warlord, Laurent Nkunda, shot and killed a silverback Mountain Gorilla in the Southern Sector of Virunga National Park, in the war torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. It has also been confirmed that a second gorilla has also been killed, while unconfirmed reports indicate that possibly several more have been shot



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