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A few news highlights: Augustin Katumba Mwanke, the highly influential presidential advisor (especially regarding all things financial) officially announced this week that he was stepping down as the head of the presidential coalition, the AMP. According to his deputy, he had submitted his resignation seven months ago but it was

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Congo Siasa

A reader posted this comment in response to my posting on the CNDP parallel administration in Masisi: I just came back from Masisi and what you write is true. CNDP maintains a parallel administration based in Mushaki. I witnessed a meeting between the official administrateur adjoint of the Masisi territory

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Congo Siasa

Inter-Rwandan Dialogue. Again and again, Congolese civil society actors and politicians come back to this as a means of solving the problems in the Great Lakes. In the words of one such Congolese activist: “Why should Rwanda be allowed to fight its civil war on our soil [against the FDLR],

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Congo Siasa

An update on ex-CNDP administration in Masisi territory. According to a recent trip by UN staff there, the CNDP still maintains a parallel administration based in Mushaki (just to the west of the northwestern tip of Lake Kivu). The administrator there, Prosper Mashagiro, controls 152 administrative officials, whose job is

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Congo Siasa

Kabila went on the offensive this week, visiting Mbuji-Mayi and Gemena. That’s roughly like Barack Obama appearing on Fox News. The diamond capital of the Congo – and one of its poorest cities – Mbuji-Mayi is the stronghold of Etienne Tshisekedi’s UDPS, while Gemena is an MLC bastion. While the

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Congo Siasa

Enough sent me their response about my blog posting on US legislation on conflict minerals. I apologize for the delay in posting it and I stand corrected on the auditing mechanism the House bill proposes. Nonetheless, I think my comment that the bill relies on being able to distinguish conflict

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Congo Siasa

I’ve gotten a few responses about my last posting on press & the group of experts’ report. Here’s another response from a journalist (who will go unnamed) who wrote about the group’s report: Some headlines and articles made me feel sick as there were celebrating bad journalism and the good

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Congo Siasa

I have been underwhelmed by much of the press coverage of the UN Group of Experts’ report, which was leaked this week to the press. Called into the BBC studio in Nairobi to comment, I quickly discovered that the reporters were focusing on the failure of the UN mission. The

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Congo Siasa

More excerpts from the UN Group of Experts’ report. Today, a summary of what they said on natural resources. It’s incredibly detailed, but worth reading line by line. D. Exploitation of Natural Resources Gold 124. The use of gold by armed groups has become markedly accentuated in the last few

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Congo Siasa

Here are some excerpts from the UN Group of Experts report that was leaked to the press today (and from the press, leaked to me). Summary This report concludes that military operations against the FDLR have failed to dismantle the organization’s political and military structures on the ground in eastern

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