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ICC: Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo trial postponed

ICC - August 31, 2009

Germain KatangaTrial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court issued a decision today, 31 August 2009, postponing the commencement of the trial in the case The Prosecutor v. Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui until 24 November 2009. The Chamber found that compelling reasons require that the date of 24 September 2009 initially set for the commencement of the trial be put back.
350 Rwandan Hutu militiamen killed during Operation Kimia II in South Kivu province

Radio Okapi - August 29, 2009

FARDC soldier in KivuThe Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) have either killed or captured 500 Rwandan Hutu militiamen (FDLR) in South Kivu province since launching Operation Kimia II last month.
UN: LRA Attacks in Eastern Congo Displace Thousands

VOA News - August 28, 2009

Displaced civilians in eastern CongoThe UN refugee agency reports at least 125,000 people in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have been forced to flee from villages attacked by the Ugandan rebel group, the Lord's Resistance Army, in the last three weeks. This brings the number of people displaced in Haute Uele district of Orientale Province by the LRA since September to more than one-half million.
First Elements of Additional Troops to Reinforce MONUC Arrive in DRC

MONUC - August 27, 2009

MONUCAn advanced team of 10 officers and 178 troops from the Bangladeshi army arrived in Bunia, district of Ituri yesterday Wednesday 26 August ahead of a new contingent which will be part of the 3000 additional troops authorized by the Security Council in December 2009 to deploy in DRC.
ICC Prosecutor appeals decision to release Jean-Pierre Bemba

ICC - August 25, 2009

Jean-Pierre BembaProsecutor Moreno-Ocampo also requested suspensive effect to the appeal, so that there is no possibility of Mr. Bemba’s release while it is under consideration by the Appeals Chamber.
President Kabila to Meet All DRC Governors

VOA News - August 18, 2009

Joseph KabilaDemocratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila is scheduled to hold discussions with governors across the country as part of a decentralization program. Kinshasa admits, however, that the decentralization program faces an enormous challenge.
Clinton Praises Mutombo Hospital in Kinshasa

VOA News - August 17, 2009

Biamba Marie Mutombo HospitalDuring her trip to Africa last week, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited a $30-million private hospital established by Congolese basketball star Dikembe Mutombo. The former athlete has turned his attention to the issue of health care, one of Africa's most pressing problems.
African development needs more actions, less words

Xinhua - August 15, 2009

Joseph Kabila with Hillary Clinton in Goma - CongoU.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrapped up her 11-day, seven-nation African tour on Thursday without announcing sincere and pragmatic actions to promote African development except promising financial aid to very few countries she visited.
International Criminal Court gives Jean-Pierre Bemba conditional release

ICC - August 14, 2009

Jean-Pierre BembaPre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court decided to grant the request of Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo for interim release, albeit under conditions. The implementation of this decision is deferred pending a determination in which State Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo will be released and which set of conditions shall be imposed.
Congo Defends China Mineral Deal

VOA News - August 12, 2009

Tambwe Mwamba and Hillary Clinton in Goma - CongoThe Democratic Republic of Congo is defending a $9 billion mineral deal with China that is holding up a major international agreement aimed at reducing the DRC's external debt. China's biggest investment deal in Africa would give state-owned firms the right to develop Congolese copper and cobalt mines in exchange for building roads, railways, hydroelectric dams, universities, airports and hospitals.



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