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UN estimates local elections will be held before July 2009

MONUC - August 11, 2008

Carlos Valenzuela - MONUCLocal elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will take place in the first half of next year, according to the United Nations mission in the country, which is known as MONUC.
Goma: Closure of Amani Programme Steering Committee meeting

MONUC - August 8, 2008

Monuc - Goma - AmaniIn an official statement, the Committee reminds the armed groups of their responsibility to unconditionally take part in the process, in accordance with the Goma Acts of Engagement. It proposes the immediate launching of the Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration programme.
High level delegation in Goma for meetings on the peace process

MONUC - August 6, 2008

Alan Doss, Malu MaluThe delegation is in Goma to take part in several meetings of the Steering Committee of the Amani Programme, to evaluate the process and to meet the actors on the ground implied in the Amani Programme, including the signatories of the Acts of Engagement of the Goma Conference. They must also give a progress report on the Nairobi process.
Accusers say Kimbuta did not order murder of Botheti

Radio Okapi - August 6, 2008

Andre Kimbuta, Patrick Mwewa, KadyThe military tribunal trying the alleged killers of Kinshasa MP Daniel Botheti held its 9th hearing in the case at the Kokolo military base in Kinshasa on Tuesday. Patrick Mwewa, one of the seven defendants, who had accused Kinshasa governor Andre Kimbuta of ordering the assassination of Botheti , asked for forgiveness from the governor.
Congo groups 're-arming' in east

BBC News - August 1, 2008

Laurent NkundaGovernment forces and rebel troops are rearming and recruiting for conflict in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the BBC has learned. US and European Union officials are warning the situation is increasingly tense despite a January peace deal.
Logging firms 'avoid Congo tax'

BBC News - July 30, 2008

Congo rainforestThe Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Congo are losing at least $12m annually in tax avoidance by logging companies, Greenpeace says. The environmental group says it has evidence showing how firms like German-owned Danzer group have set up "elaborate profit-laundering schemes".
Father of Congolese Rumba Wendo Kolosoy Dies at 83

Radio Okapi/L'Avenir/Congo Planet - July 29, 2008

Wendo KolosoyRevered Congolese musician Wendo Kolosoy died on Monday at 05:40 PM at the Ngaliema clinics in Kinshasa. He is regarded by many experts in Congolese music as the father of Congolese Rumba.
DR Congo boat accident 'kills 42'

BBC News - July 25, 2008

UbangiAt least 42 people have died after their boat sank on a remote river in the Democratic Republic of Congo, local officials have said. More than 100 people are missing after the accident on the Oubangui River. A local official said 22 passengers had been saved.
Congolese Outraged Over Graft in State Institutions

VOA News - July 24, 2008

US DollarSome Congolese are reportedly expressing outrage after learning that more than $1.3 billion have been embezzled under President Joseph Kabila's administration. The monies were allegedly stolen or lost in corruption and mismanagement of government agencies and state-run businesses. President Kabila's government assured Congolese Wednesday that it has instituted an investigation and would punish the perpetrators behind the scandal.
Is Andre Kimbuta the victim of a plot?

La Prospérité - July 21, 2008

André KimbutaPeople close to Kinshasa Governor Andre Kimbuta have come out in force to defend him against the allegations made by one of the persons charged with murdering provincial MP Botethi. They are convinced that the Governor is the victim of a conspiracy which aims to destabilize the provincial institutions. For Kimbuta therefore, a resignation is not on the agenda.







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