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Congo Siasa

The German police finally arrested Ignace Murwanashyaka, the president of the FDLR, on charges of being involved in a terrorist organization. This is very good news. Ignace had been living in Germany since the 1980s when he came to the country to study. He got a PhD in economics, married

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Congo Siasa

There are increasing worries about the return of the Congolese Tutsi refugees in Rwanda. UNHCR officials have indicated off the record that they are alarmed by “the complete lack of transparency in the return of refugees.” They confirm that some 12,000 may have returned to the Congo in the past

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(FILES) A picture taken on January 11, 2009 shows the leader of the rebels and chief of staff of the National Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP) General Ntaganda Bosco at his mountain base in Kabati, 40km north west of the provincial capital Goma. Dissident commanders from the main rebel group in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo declared on January 16, 2009 an end to the conflict in the troubled region.  The renegade rebels led by Bosco Ntaganda also vowed to pave the way for displaced civilians to return to their homes and allow rebels to join the army.   AFP PHOTO/ LIONEL HEALING
Congo Siasa

What is going on within the CNDP, only last year the strongest rebel group in the region? A few days ago, the head of the CNDP, Desire Kamanzi, resigned, leaving a leadership vacuum at the head of the movement/party/ex-rebel group. But the vacuum was to a large degree there already.

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Congo Siasa

A quick check on key upcoming events related to the DRC: 1. The upcoming meeting of the Paris Club, a group of creditor counties, is likely to approve a major debt cancellation package for the Congo in the summit starting on 18 November. The debt cancellation could be as high

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Congo Siasa

I just got a brief post-game analysis of the Equateur elections from two separate MLC officials who are usually pretty reliable. They put their failure down to three reasons: 1. The MLC picked a poor candidate – Jean-Lucien is not very popular or charismatic, but he was Jean-Pierre Bemba’s choice.

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Congo Siasa

Is this the death of the MLC? Not quite yet, put there was something of a death rattle this past week. The first was the election of Jean-Claude Baende as governor of Equateur with 60 of the 108 votes in the provincial assembly, defeating the MLC candidate Jean-Lucien Busa. An

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Congo Siasa

Today, Jennifer Anniston and Courtney Cox announced that they were going to campaign for Congolese women by urging electronics companies in the United States not to buy “conflict minerals” from the Congo. Ben Affleck, Angelina Jolie, Robin Wright Penn, Joel Madden, Javier Bardem, Dayle Haddon, Emile Hirsch and Mia Farrow

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Congo Siasa

The UN envoy to the Great Lakes, Olusegun Obasanjo, announced today that he was scaling back his mediation efforts in the region, saying “the situation has been dramatically transformed.” He pointed to the rapprochement between Kigali and Kinshasa, the arrest of Laurent Nkunda and the integration of most of his

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Congo Siasa

Is Kimia II worth it? Consider the following figures that I got my hands onto today: A MONUC official told me the monthly human rights balance for the Kimia II operations today. In the month of October, the Congolese army killed 70 civilians, raped 20 and committed 54 other abuses

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Congo Siasa

Just a quick word on the refugee returns – I checked with a UNHCR report to find out how many of the 50,000 Congolese (mostly Tutsi) refugees in Rwanda come from this area – there are 400 who say they are from Bafuna groupement, the small administrative division where the

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