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Mai Mai Militiamen - Fighter - Democratic Republic of Congo

“The trains are running again. We have peace,” says Didier, the station master at Mindouli, in the Republic of Congo’s southern region of Pool. But a glance at the weeds growing on the line connecting the capital Brazzaville and the port city of Pointe-Noire shows that traffic — to put it gently — is not huge. Outside the station, a war-battered relic of French colonial times, a few plucky hawkers have set up stalls in the hope of snaring a little cash. More than two years after a brutal civil conflict in Pool, the second in 20 years, was settled, Congo’s key agricultural region remains deeply depressed. The so-called Pool War erupted in April 2016, pitting the forces of President Denis Sassou Nguesso against the troops of Frederic Bintsamou, a Protestant clergyman and leader of a rebel group called the Ninjas. A ceasefire ended the conflict in December 2017 — but it took until November 2018 for traffic to resume on the Congo-Ocean Railway. Even today, there are no passenger trains and a new Chinese-built highway siphons off much of the meagre trade. “On average, we have five trains a day,” says Didier. “Before, we used to have three times as many.” The track is old, the rolling stock decrepit and out of the first seven months of this year, workers went unpaid for four, employees say. The state’s coffers are empty. The government, run by Sassou Nguesso for 35 years, has debts of $9.5 billion, nearly a third ofContinue reading

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Bosco Ntaganda - Congolese - Congo

Judges at the International Criminal Court on Monday convicted Bosco Ntaganda, a former Congolese military leader, on charges of atrocities including murder, rape and conscripting child soldiers. Ntaganda, 45, was convicted for acts committed while he was military operations chief at the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC) militia in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2002-2003. Ntaganda’s conviction is a rare success for prosecutors at the ICC, an international court set up in 2002 to prosecute war crimes and crimes against humanity when its member states are unable or unwilling to do so. Ntaganda’s sentence will be determined at a later hearing. “Mr Ntaganda please rise”, said judge Robert Fremr, reading a summary of the ruling. “The chamber…having heard all the evidence mentioned by the parties, finds you as concerns count one, murder as a crime against humanity, guilty.” The court then continued to find Ntaganda guilty on all 18 charges against him. His lawyers argued that Ntaganda had sought to maintain discipline among his troops, punishing those that violated rules of war. Ntaganda, in a dark blue suit, showed no emotion as the sentence was read out. He has 30 days to appeal. In the conflict in Congo, Ntaganda’s UPC, dominated by the Hema clan, targeted rival Lendu people for expulsion from the mineral-rich Ituri region. Hundreds of civilians were killed and many thousands were forced to flee. Ntaganda’s boss, UPC leader Thomas Lubanga, is currently serving a 14-year prison sentence after his conviction at theContinue reading

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Felix Tshisekedi Tshilombo - DRC - Congo - Democratic Republic of the Congo Politics Today

Felix Tshisekedi Tshilombo was born in Kinshasa 13 June 1963. Nicknamed “Fatshi”, short for three of his names Felix Antoine Tshilombo. His father founded opposition UDPS in 1982. He left for Belgium in 1985. Felix Tshisekedi Tshilombo is one of the main opposition candidates vying for votes in this month’s presidential election in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but Louise Dewast considers if he can escape his father’s shadow.

Felix Tshisekedi Tshilombo father of five, mostly known for being the son of the late veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, but he insists he is not trying to compete with his father’s reputation.Continue reading

Martin Fayulu - Martin Madidi Fayulu - Democratic Republic of Congo News

Martin Fayulu was born on 21 November 1956 in Kinshasa. A Christian by faith Known to his supporters as the “people’s soldier”. He ended 20-year career with Exxon Mobil in 2003. Martin Fayulu was elected MP in 2006 and 2011. He launched political party in 2009.

Despite becoming a full-time politician in 2006, and serving as an MP, he is mostly known as a businessman. Mr Fayulu’s involvement in politics started during the Sovereign National Conference in 1991 that brought together delegates from different regions, political parties, civil society organisations and traditional leaders to campaign for multi-party democracy.Continue reading

Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary - DRC - Congo - Democratic Republic of the Congo Politics Today

Five months after the independence of the Belgian Congo. That is to say that on 29 November 1960, a baby born of the Marian union of fau BAKALI RAMAZANI and SIFA TABU more precisely in Kasongo. We are in Kilungay Groupement, Bangubangu Kabambare area. Territory of Kabambare. Province of Maniema. The couple Bakali and Sifa decide to give his baby the name of Emmanuel RAMAZANI SHADARY.

Already, to observe his reflexes and gestures immediately after his birth, a Midwife who attended Maman SIFA TABU exclaimed “He will be very awake and very intelligent”. The oracle of the Midwife was realized when at the end of his primary studies in 1974, he achieved 86.4% to obtain his certificate which serves as a visa to begin secondary school. Here again, Emmanuel SHADARY RAMAZANI confirms the prophecy of the Midwife of Kasongo by completing his pedagogical humanities with 73%. Continue reading

Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila - DRC - Congo Politics Today

For some Congolese who watched anxiously as the election was delayed amid sometimes deadly protests over Kabila’s extended stay in power, it will be enough to finally stand in line at polling stations and move on.

“The voting machine is not a big problem,” said Salomon Bagheni, a member of Beni’s civil society. “Use it or not, the essential thing is holding the elections on Dec. 23 to bring new leadership to this country.”Continue reading

Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila - DRC - Congo Politics

Congo’s deputy prime minister said on Saturday that tablet-like voting machines for December’s election had been made to order and will finish arriving this month, despite suspicions by diplomats and the opposition that they may enable fraud.

“A hundred and eighty containers from South Korea with the machines in them are on the sea,” Vice Prime Minister and Security Minister Henri Mova Sakanyi said in a statement, adding that 15 had already arrived and the rest would arrive by the end of October.

President Joseph Kabila is due to step down after 17 years in power after a long-delayed vote scheduled for Dec. 23 to choose his successor. Continue reading