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DRC signs a $390 million five year governance programme with the UNDP

MONUC - February 14, 2008

UNDP - CongoDRC Foreign Affairs Minister Antipas Mbusa Nyamwisi and Ross Mountain, the Resident Representative of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), signed a new governance programme for the DRC in Kinshasa on Thursday February 14, 2008. The signature signifies the effective start of the vast programme, primarily aimed at promoting a system of stable and legitimate governance which favours durable human development.
MONUC: There is no justification for the recruitment of children into armed groups

MONUC - February 13, 2008

Congo child soldiersAnnually on 12 February, the world celebrates the International Day of Children Associated with Armed Forces and Groups. DR Congo is one of six African countries that have the most children in armed forces or groups. We interviewed Judith Lavoie, head of MONUC's Child Protection Division, who explained what MONUC is doing to help bring an end to child recruitment in the DRC.
North Kivu: Mr. Doss welcomes the progress achieved in the follow up of the Goma conference

MONUC - February 11, 2008

Alan Doss - MONUCMr. Alan Doss, the Special representative of the UN Secretary General in the DRC, accompanied by MONUC Force commander General Babacar Gaye, paid a visit to Goma on Saturday 9 February 2008, in order to make a progress report on the follow-up of the Goma conference. He welcomed the progress achieved and called on all armed groups to respect the act of engagement.
Congolese military justice officials trained in sex crime investigation

MONUC - February 11, 2008

MONUCMONUC's Rule of Law division in conjunction with the American Defence Institute of International Legal Studies organized a four-day comprehensive judicial capacity building training workshop on sex crime investigation, targeting 42 military investigators, prosecutors and magistrates, drawn from the entire province of Orientale. The legal technical training, which was the first of its kind commenced on 30 January 2008 in Kisangani, Orientale.
Third Congo Warlord to Face Justice

IWPR - February 7, 2008

Mathieu NgudjoloHuman rights groups hope the arrest of a former rebel leader from the Ituri region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, will lead international prosecutors higher up the chain to other military and civilian leaders accusing of committing atrocities in local wars. Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui, the former leader of the militia group called the National Integrationist Front, FNI, was arrested by the DRC authorities in the capital Kinshasa on February 6 and transferred immediately to the custody of the International Criminal Court, ICC. He arrived at the war crimes court's headquarters the following day.
Aru: Congolese flag flies again in Kengezi base

MONUC - February 6, 2008

MONUCAfter a successful meeting held in southern Sudan on 2 February 2008, between the governor of Orientale province, Medard Autsai Asenga, and his Sudanese counterpart of the Province of Central Equateur, Major General Clément Wani Konga, an agreement was concluded to put an end to an old frontier conflict, exacerbated by the incidents of 24January last in Kengezi base.
Great Lakes hit by deadly quakes

BBC News - February 3, 2008

Great Lakes quakeAt least 30 people have been killed and more than 300 hurt in a series of quakes in Africa's Great Lakes region. The two most powerful occurred hours apart in the Democratic Republic of Congo and neighbouring Rwanda, with magnitudes of 6.0 and 5.0 respectively.
UNHCR: Congolese refugees repatriated from Tanzania passes 50,000 mark

MONUC - February 2, 2008

Congolese refugeesThe number of repatriated Congolese refugees from Tanzania with the assistance of the UNHCR has now exceeded 50,000. This was reached on Tuesday 29 January last when the chartered ship, MV Mwongozo, left the Tanzanian port of Kigoma on Lake Tanganyika with 184 refugees on board.
Bilateral meeting held between DRC and Ugandan Defence Ministers

MONUC - January 31, 2008

Congolese and Ugandan officialsAs a follow up of the Ngurdoto-Tanzania Agreement signed on 8 September 2007, between H.E President Yoweri Museveni of the Republic of Uganda and H.E President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the decisions of the Fifth Session of the Uganda-DRC Joint Permanent Commission (JPC), the Ministerial meeting on Defence and security of the two countries, was held on 28-30 January 2008 in Beni, DRC.
UN SC authorizes MONUC to organize, conduct local elections

United Nations Security Council - January 31, 2008

Un Security CouncilThe Security Council, reaffirming its commitment to contribute to the consolidation of peace and stability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's post-transition period, today authorized the United Nations Mission there to assist the Congolese authorities in organizing, preparing and conducting local elections.







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