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National Assembly passes amnesty law

Radio Okapi - July 12, 2008

Congo Parliament - KinshasaAn amnesty law for acts of war and insurgency was passed this afternoon by the National Assembly. This law only applies to Congolese who have committed acts of war and insurgency in North and South Kivu, reports radiookapi.net
MONUC rejects the personal remarks of one of its unit commanders in North Kivu

MONUC - July 11, 2008

Alan DossMONUC received evidence, according to which, in mid-April 2008, right before the end of his UN service in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), an officer of the Indian contingent commanding a blue helmets base in North-Kivu allegedly made a public statement in Kitchanga, in which he expressed his personal sympathy towards an armed group, the National Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP), and its leader, Laurent Nkunda.
President Joseph Kabila returns to Kinshasa

Presse Presidentielle - July 10, 2008

Jospeh KabilaPresident Joseph Kabila Kabange returned to the capital Wednesday from Lubumbashi, Katanga, where he stayed for a few days after participating in Kananga, Kasai-Occidental, in the festivities marking the 48th anniversary of independence of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
DRC signs roads rehabilitation accord with World Bank and Great Britain

MONUC - July 8, 2008

Anatase MatendaOn Tuesday 8 July 2008, the DRC signed a five year road rehabilitation accord worth US$110 million with the World Bank and Great Britain, for the rehabilitation and upgrading of 1,800 kilometres of high priority roads in the DRC.
Kinshasa: new police post established close to the Palais de Marbre

Radio Okapi - July 8, 2008

Congo policeAccording to General Oleko, patrols will be organized by elements of the police, the Republican Guard, and the military police. The installation of this police post in this place was one of the requests made, particularly by the MLC and the Provincial Assembly of Kinshasa, following the killing last weekend of Daniel Botethi.
Thomas Lubanga will remain under custody of the ICC pending final decision on appeal

ICC - July 7, 2008

Thomas LubangaToday, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court granted the suspensive effect of the Prosecution’s appeal against “Decision on the release of Thomas Lubanga.” Therefore the accused will remain under custody of the ICC pending the final decision on the appeal.
The MLC suspends its participation in the National Assembly and the Senate

Le Potentiel - July 7, 2008

Francois MwambaIn a statement released to the press on Sunday and following the murder of Daniel Botethi, vice-chairman of the Provincial Assembly of Kinshasa and high-ranking official of the MLC, the party has decided to suspend its participation in the National Assembly, Senate and the Provincial Assembly of Kinshasa.
UN troops in Congo gold warning

BBC News - July 6, 2008

UN peacekeepers in CongoThree Indian army officers have been let off with a warning over allegations of gold trafficking while they were UN peacekeepers in the DR Congo. The allegations, first revealed by the BBC, were part of a wider investigation carried out by the UN.
Kinshasa: Provincial Assembly vice-president assassinated

Radio Okapi - July 6, 2008

Kinshasa - Congo mapDaniel Botetsi, provincial Member of Parliament for Kinshasa and vice-president of the Provincial Assembly, was shot around 2:00 AM Sunday morning in the capital, in Macampagne, Ngaliema. Three suspects are already under arrest, reports radiookapi.net
Congo ex-leader appears in court

BBC News - July 4, 2008

Jean-Pierre BembaThe former Congolese Vice-President, Jean-Pierre Bemba, has appeared at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague for the first time. Mr Bemba, who fled the Democratic Republic of Congo last year, was arrested in Belgium in May.



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