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UN Security Council discusses key challenges and risks in an election year in DR Congo

UN News - May 18, 2011

Ban Ki-moonThe Security Council today called for urgent steps to strengthen institutions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and called on the Government to ensure that general elections slated for late this year are inclusive, transparent and peaceful.
Rape study 'questionable'

BBC News - May 18, 2011

Women March against Sexual Violence in eastern CongoA new study on rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo is based on out-of-date and questionable figures, a Swedish academic has told the BBC. Ms Eriksson Baaz, a researcher on women's rights in DR Congo from the University of Gothenburg, says extrapolations made in the study cannot be backed up scientifically.
Opportunity for change in eastern Congo's mines must be seized

Global Witness - May 18, 2011

Sacks of tin ore being loaded onto a plane near Bisie, for transportation to Goma.Shifts in the control of eastern Congo's mines have created opportunities to begin breaking the links between the mineral trade and the conflict that has plagued civilians for over a decade, says a new report from Global Witness today.
Mazembe to appeal Champions League disqualification

BBC Sport - May 15, 2011

Moise KatumbiTP Mazembe will appeal against their exclusion from the Champions League. The Confederation of African Football disqualified them after Tanzania's Simba complained about the eligibility of Janvier Besala Bokungu. Mazembe's owner, Moise Katumbi, denied any wrongdoing and confirmed his club would appeal.
Mazembe disqualified from Champions League

BBC Sport - May 14, 2011

TP MazembeReigning African champions TP Mazembe of DR Congo have been disqualified from the Champions League. The Confederation of African Football took action after a complaint from Tanzanian side Simba about the eligibility of Janvier Besala Bokungu.
Gold smugglers charged in Kenyan court

BBC News - May 12, 2011

Joseph Kabila and Mwai Kibaki at Harambee House in Nairobi, KenyaThree suspected gold smugglers from the Democratic Republic of Congo have been charged with fraud in a Kenyan court. Their names appear on a list of DR Congo's 15 most-wanted gold smugglers, accused of stealing 2.5 tonnes of gold between July 2010 and February 2011.
TP Mazembe reach Champions League group stage

BBC Sport - May 8, 2011

TP MazembeReigning champions TP Mazembe edged through to the group stage of the Champions League on Sunday. The DR Congo side beat Morocco's Wydad Casablanca 2-0 in the third round, second-leg game at home in Lubumbashi. This means they reach the group phase of the continent's flagship club tournament, 2-1 on aggregate.
Champions League test for Mazembe

BBC Sport - May 6, 2011

TP MazembeAfrican champions TP Mazembe face the first serious examination of their Champions League hat-trick dream this weekend in a must-win clash. The 'Crows' must use home advantage to overcome a 1-0 loss at Wydad Casablanca of Morocco if they are to reach the last eight, and the league phase, of the competition.
The Electoral Dilemma

International Crisis Group - May 5, 2011

Congo electionsThe latest report from the International Crisis Group examines the circumstances under which the Democratic Republic of Congo is preparing for its second set of democratic elections.
Minister Sacked over Boat Accidents

Radio Okapi - May 4, 2011

An overloaded boat on the Congo RiverPresident Joseph Kabila has sacked Minister of Transportation Laure-Marie Kawanda after two boat accidents left dozens killed and others missing in a span of a little over a week. Government spokesman Lambert Mende said that Kawanda was ultimately accountable for the negligence in the sector that led to the accidents.



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