Posts In Category

Uncategorized

800
Uncategorized

For most of the past three years, the lament of diplomats and human rights activists alike has been summed up by one word: glissement. Kabila does not want to hold elections, as he is term limited, so he plays for time by creating artificial delays. The focus of advocacy was on

Read More
4570FC1E-8A0A-431A-81F6-2F8FEC617D6B_cx0_cy2_cw0_w1023_r1_s
Uncategorized

Last Friday, President Joseph Kabila called an impromptu press conference in Kinshasa, during which he spoke for over two and a half hours. My general thoughts below, followed by a fact check of his main points. A few things struck me watching the press conference. First, how at ease the

Read More
DUF1vMCX4AEckaK
Uncategorized

Just three weeks after their last protest, Congolese in several major cities (Bukavu, Goma, Mbuji-Mayi, Kananga, Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, and Kisangani, perhaps others) turned out for protests against the government after Sunday mass. The pictures were moving, once again: Barefoot priests leading parishioners, crosses held high, chanting the Lord’s Prayer and

Read More
1084334-des-manifestants-anti-kabila-dans-les-rues-de-kinshasa-le-31-decembre-2017-a-l-appel-de-l-eglise-cat
Uncategorized

For a long time, the opposition to President Kabila had a real problem: it looked too much like President Kabila. Many of its leaders––Vital Kamerhe, Moise Katumbi, Pierre Lumbi, Olivier Kamitatu––were allies of Kabila until recently. The main exception to this, Etienne Tshisekedi, is now dead, and his party has

Read More
palais
Uncategorized

Congo’s national assembly passed a new electoral law today. While it has become commonplace for pundits to reject anything proposed by the ruling coalition as a tactic to delay elections, we should not throw this particular initiative out with the bathwater. Most of the controversy enveloping the law concerned the “seuil de

Read More
worldbank
StickyCongo SiasaFeaturedUncategorized

By ELISABETH CAESENS and JASON STEARNS There will be flurry of diplomatic activity on the Congo in coming days. Tomorrow (Thursday), the International Contact Group for the Great Lakes Region––a conclave of important donors and diplomats––will meet in The Hague to discuss, among other things, what to do about the

Read More
PodcastUncategorized

Dans ce podcast, Jason parle avec Juvenal Twaibu, le directeur du CIRESKI sur les dynamique des conflits dans les territoires de Fizi et Uvira au Sud Kivu, en particulier le conflit autour du General Sikatenda à Kilembwe.

Read More
PodcastUncategorized

Une table ronde sur l’actualité de la semaine avec Patient Ligodi, fondateur de Actualité.cd, et Pascal Kambale, fondateur de l’ASADHO et ancien directeur de OSISA-RDC. Nous parlons de la nomination du premier ministre, les manifestations du 10 avril, et les tueries au Kasai.

Read More
Screenshot from a video allegedly depicting a government attack on Kamuina Nsapu militia members in Mwanza Lomba, Kasai
Congo SiasaFeaturedUncategorized

One could be forgiven for thinking the Congo is on the brink of another military escalation. Rumors of Rwandan and Ugandan intervention have been smoldering for weeks now, and recent outbreaks of violence in the Kivus, Kasais, and Tanganyika provinces have killed hundreds in recent months. The United Nations says

Read More
PodcastUncategorized

Un interview avec Pierre Kambidi, le directeur de la Radio télévision chrétienne (RTC) émettant de Kananga au Kasaï-Occidental, sur le conflit qui oppose la milice de Kamuina Nsapu et les forces de sécurité congolaises.          

Read More