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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.
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.



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