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Amid Gloom, South Africa's Mbeki Hopeful Of Zimbabwe Breakthrough

VOA News - August 13, 2008

Southern African Development Community - SADCSouth African President Thabo Mbeki said Wednesday he remains hopeful a power-sharing agreement between Zimbabwe's long-ruling ZANU-PF and the Movement for Democratic Change can be reached soon despite indications the talks are virtually deadlocked, but developments on the ground in the country threatened the crisis resolution process.
UN probes India 'abuses' in Congo

BBC News - August 13, 2008

UN peacekeepers in CongoThe UN has found that its peacekeeping troops from India may have engaged in abuse and exploitation while serving in the Democratic Republic of Congo. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was deeply troubled by the findings.
Ban 'deeply troubled' by evidence of abuse by blue helmets in DR Congo

UN News - August 12, 2008

Ban Ki-MoonSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he was ?deeply troubled? by the outcome of a probe that has revealed prima facie evidence that a number of Indian peacekeepers, previously assigned to one of the units with the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), may have engaged in sexual exploitation and abuse.
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.



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