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Electoral Commission Sets Date for 2011 Presidential Election

ACP - August 9, 2010

Apolinaire Malu MaluThe first round of presidential and parliamentary elections in the DRC will be held on November 27, 2011. The head of the Independent Electoral Commission, Apolinaire Malu Malu, released the schedule on Monday during a press conference in Kinshasa.
Muzito Signs $42 million Loan Agreement with India for Kakobola Dam

ACP - August 5, 2010

BandunduPrime Minister Adolphe Muzito signed a $42 million loan agreement with India on Thursday for the construction of the Kakobola dam in Bandundu Province. The Indian ambassador to the DRC, Devendra Srivastava, hailed the excellent state of relations between Congo and India, as demonstrated with the funding for the Kakobola dam and two other projects worth $33.5 million to build water supplies to rural areas.
Congo Army Killed Ugandan Rebels Commander in North Kivu - Government

Le Potentiel - August 4, 2010

Lambert MendeThe commander in chief of the Ugandan rebel ADF/NALU, colonel Katodo, was killed by the Congolese Armed Forces (FARDC) during operation Ruwenzori in North Kivu Province, Information Minister and government spokesman Lambert Mende said on Tuesday at a press conference in Kinshasa.
Congo Catholic Bishops Praise U.S. Law on 'Conflict Minerals'

Forum des As - August 3, 2010

Congo Catholic BishopsThe head of the National Conference of Bishops (CENCO), Bishop Nicolas Djomo, said during a press conference in Kinshasa on Monday that the Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo is determined to campaign for the recently enacted U.S. law on ‘conflict minerals’, so that it is applied in the DRC.
Defending champions TP Mazembe draw at home to Setif

BBC Sport - August 1, 2010

TP MazembeChampions TP Mazembe have been held to a draw at home by visiting Entente Setif of Algeria. Mbenza Bedi put the Congolese ahead 15 minutes into the first half only for veteran striker Nabil Hemani to score either side of half-time for Setif.
Opposition, NGOs Vow to Join Forces to Fight 'Erosion of Democracy'

Radio Okapi - July 31, 2010

Clement KankuDuring a meeting held on Friday in Kinshasa, members of the political opposition and human rights NGOs vowed to join forces to fight what they called the erosion of democracy in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The two sides stressed the need to fight together to head off the clamp down on freedom of expression and freedom of the press they are facing these days under the current authorities.
Kabila Signs Bill Creating New Electoral Commission

Congo News Agency - July 30, 2010

Elections officials counting votesPresident Joseph Kabila signed into law on Wednesday a bill replacing the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Like its predecessor, the INEC is tasked with the organization of the electoral process, including voter registration, maintaining the voter registry, counting of votes, and organization of referendums.
Officials Revise Death Toll from Boat Accident

ACP - July 30, 2010

Kasai RiverOfficials say that 44 people are still missing after a boat sunk on Wednesday in Bandundu Province. Earlier reports had put the death toll at around 140 people. The governor of Bandundu Province, Richard Ndambu Wolang, said from Kinshasa on Friday that five bodies have been pulled from the waters and eighty five people survived the accident.
138 Dead after Boat Sinks on Kasai River

Radio Okapi - July 29, 2010

BandunduAt least 138 people are dead after a boat sunk on the Kasai River on Wednesday in Bandundu province. Officials said the boat was headed to Kinshasa and the accident happened near the village of Lingala, downstream the Kasai River — a tributary of the Congo River — near the city of Kwamouth.
Global Witness takes UK government to court over Congo conflict minerals

Global Witness - July 26, 2010

Global WitnessThe British government is acting unlawfully in refusing to put forward eligible UK companies and individuals trading in Congolese 'conflict minerals' for targeted UN sanctions, said campaign group Global Witness today in an application to the High Court for a judicial review.



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