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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.
UN voices alarm at rising number of prison deaths

UN News - July 21, 2008

Congo prisonersHuman rights officials with the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have expressed serious concern about the living conditions in the Mbuji Mayi central prison, where at least 26 prisoners have died from severe and acute malnutrition since February.
Human Rights Watch: Peace Accord Fails to End Killing of Civilians

Human Rights Watch - July 21, 2008

Apolinaire Malu MaluThe killing and rape of civilians in the eastern province of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo continues at a horrifying rate despite the signing of a peace accord six months ago, Human Rights Watch said today. The agreement was supposed to stop such attacks.
Defendant alleges Andre Kimbuta ordered the murder of Kinshasa MP Botethi

Radio Okapi - July 19, 2008

Patrick MwewaLawyers for Botethi's family have asked that André Kimbuta Yango appear immediately before the court, while the presiding judge wants to first establish the link between the defendant and the provincial governor of Kinshasa. "The person who ordered the murder for which we are being judged is the governor of the city of Kinshasa." These words by the defendant Patrick Mwewa caused such a turmoil in the audience that the hearing had to be suspended to allow the police to restore calm.
Kinshasa urges UN to investigate remarks by peacekeeper

XINHUA - July 18, 2008

UN peacekeepers in CongoThe government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) is diligently awaiting the findings of an investigation initiated by the United Nations Mission in DR Congo (MONUC) over certain remarks made by a senior peacekeeping officer.
Archbishop Djomo elected new president of the CENCO

ACP - July 14, 2008

Mgr. Laurent MonsengwoArchbishop Nicolas Djomo, bishop of Tshumbe (Kasai Oriental), was elected president of the National Conference of Bishops of Congo (CENCO) during the forty-third meeting of the Catholic Bishops of the DRC held from July 07 to July 11 2008 at The Interdiocesan Centre in the district of Gombe in Kinshasa.



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