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    Joram Jojo

    Gombe Media Resources Center

    It was held yesterday, Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at the Gombe Media Resources Center, a coffee press organized by Internews, in collaboration with the Vox Congo Democracy newspaper. The organizers of the meeting were asked to invite the political protagonists, the members of civil society and, finally, the beneficiaries of the said law to think together and analyze in a magnifying glass the general scheme of the bill initiated by the Minister of Justice, Alexis Thambwe Mwamba, amending Law No. 004/2001 of 21 July on the general provisions applicable to non-profit associations and public utility establishments. With this in mind, ACAJ President Georges Kapiamba and NGDO SG Rigo Gene Woyie, two panellists of the forum, shed light on this evolving law.

    Since the text was ruled admissible on 5 November 2017, in the Lower House of Parliament, the law on non-profit organizations is subject to division and controversy. Hold ! The general text is often accused of all evils, not only by civil society but also by some political analysts.

    Indeed, the speakers of the day went up to denounce the statement of motive of the Minister initiator of the project.

    Obviously, they are mobilizing to block the road to its adoption by both Houses. For most intellectuals, this bill is like a law cutthroat and liberticide tending to roll back democracy. This, especially at this crucial time in the history of DR Congo. Are all these obstinations justified? Yes, answers without hesitation the two panelists. “The change brought about by this law on non-profit organizations, does not improve democracy,” says Rigo Gene Woyie, secretary-general of the National Council of Development NGOs of Congo.

    In the explanatory memorandum of Minister Alexis Thambwe Mwamba, the bill specifies that the investigations carried out have shown that around 3569 non-profit associations of Congolese rights and foreign rights have no legal personality. As a result, these non-profit organizations will no longer be able to exercise freely in the Democratic Republic of Congo. That is not all, in front of the honorable National Deputies, according to the national president of the ACAJ, the Minister of justice had claimed to have gathered the consent of the operational actors and beneficiaries of NPOs as well as NGOs with a view to make necessary changes to bring order to this sector. For Mr. Kapiamba, these arguments served simply to initiate reforms by any means.

    According to article 15 bis, this bill stipulates that on pain of nullity, the association is required to declare in writing to the Minister of Justice, with a copy to the Minister of Finance, within 8 days of receipt, the origin of any fund of at least 5000 USD. In case of nullity, dissolution is pronounced by the Minister of Justice who can even order the confiscation of funds not declared by the non-profit organization or NGO concerned. This situation gives the Ministry absolute power. It puts a strain on beneficiaries, who denounce the motivation of the law, which, for the most part, makes this case a subject with political aims.

    The text on the table of the National Assembly will also be discussed at the special session scheduled for the day after the bonana feast of 2018, January 2. The latter spares no one. For information, international NGOs are also targeted. If the bill passes, they will, at least for the most part, be prohibited from engaging in political activity. Under the threat of being banned from doing business in the DRC, international NGOs will only be able to solicit, receive, accept or approve donations from a foreign country after having first informed the Prime Minister. According to Rigo Gene, this law violates freedom of association. It should be noted that this exchange was attended by journalists, under the supervision of the boss of the, Patient Ligodi.

    Joram Jojo

    cooperation between DRC, Congo and Italy

    In the context of cooperation between DRC, Congo and Italy, the Ministry of Vocational Training, Trades and Crafts headed by Mr. Pierrot Uweka Ukaba and the Italian Language Center, CELI, have signed a partnership for the training of Congolese in learning the Italian language and different technical and professional fields. It was yesterday Wednesday, December 27, 2017 in the Kasaï building in the municipality of Gombe. In his address, the Minister in charge emphasised, however, that the emergence of the country also passes by the training of the skilled workers, competent, and able to answer to the real needs of the job market in full technological evolution more and more. more innovative.

    In the presence of several members of the cabinet, the Chargé d’Affaires of the Italian Embassy, ​​the member of the board of directors and the legal advisor of CELI, the Minister Pierrot Uweka expressed his gratitude to the Head of State, Joseph Kabila , who has set his sights on his modest person to organize and manage this new ministry, which also celebrates its 3 years of existence, in the Government of National Union. Indeed, the Ministry has blown on these first three candles for the 3 years of existence and activity of Technical and Professional Education (FTE) to Vocational Training, Trades and Crafts (FPMA).

    With regard to the government, it is committed to mobilize schools and institutes of the sector to contribute to the success of the national policy of the LDCF. As such, are implemented in the TFSA, the awareness program for schools and institutes on the strategic role of vocational training in Italian technology. But also, to help the TFSA to settle in all the schools and institutes of the Republic and participate in the regular definition of needs, development and adaptations of training programs for the selection of learners and the evaluation of training provided.

    Through this official ceremony of the signing of the Partnership Agreement between the Ministry of LDCF and CELI Asbl, DRC, Congo is truly embarking on its era of modernity, by engaging with the Republic of Italy, a country renowned for its policy in favour of vocational training by its men and women of trades recognised worldwide. It is in this perspective that the Ministry of FPMA, the true and leading production plant par excellence of the middle class of professionals in the skilled trades, is determined to help them achieve the objectives assigned and to respect the commitments contained in this protocol. ‘Agreement.

    What about the TFSA?

    The non-profit association, TFSA, here represented by its coordinator of course, Ms. Concetta Tomasino, is an initiative that represents an innovation in the linguistic and cultural system of the Italian language in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is therefore a young avant-garde center that works for the promotion of the Italian language and culture. Among other things, she states that the partnership with this Ministry is very important because all the participants after this training through the PITAGORA project must obtain a certificate in vocational training, hence the need for collaboration with the ministry of LDCF.

    The main objective of this project is to meet Congolese needs in the field of tourism, industry, mechanics, fashion and sewing, construction, maintenance and technical assistance, and catering through the training of qualified personnel.

    The PITAGORA project is here to help Congolese who want to go to Italy for technical and vocational training. They are first supposed to go to the TFSA to take the course for 3 months, and after obtaining the patent, the cell will help the participants to go to Italy and continue with a 12-month training. This will be sanctioned by a diploma that will allow participants to come and practice in the country through a 6-month internship.

    Several advantages are offered to participants after the training given to them by a competent, motivated and qualified teaching staff, but also accompanied by Italian technology. The centre ensures an effective, flexible, modern and communication-oriented teaching method. They will be able to obtain employment from partner companies.

    Joram Jojo

    The cholera epidemic that has ravage/ muted, for a month already, in the city-province of Kinshasa. From November 27 to December 27, 2017, 123 cases were identified including 10 people died. The Minister of Health, Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga, announced yesterday, Wednesday, December 27, in a press conference that he hosted in his office at the Hotel du Gouvernement.

    The first case of this epidemic was reported in Lonzo health area, Camp Luka, Binza Méteo health zone, by the death of a man in his thirties, who died on November 27, 2017 says Minister Oly Ilunga. According to the investigations, he continues, this man stayed in Kimpese in Kongo Central before going to Kinshasa. The alert was issued on November 28, and the provincial health division immediately launched the response.

    In general, the Democratic Republic of Congo is currently facing a strong epidemic of cholera in its history. The overall situation in the country as a whole has been on the decline for four consecutive weeks. At week 50, from September 11 to 17, 2017, 939 cases of cholera and 16 deaths were reported in 60 health zones and 14 provinces. On the other hand, in these 5 provinces: South Kivu, Kasai, Kongo Central, Lualaba, and Kinshasa the trend is rather on the rise. In Kinshasa, this is not the first time the city has faced a cholera epidemic. The capital of the DRC has recorded cases of cholera in 2011-2013 and 2016-2017. And yet, Kinshasa is not an endemic area of ​​cholera, said Minister Oly Ilunga, especially since all the cases that the city has known come from imported cases.

    Recommended hygiene measures …

    Here, the Minister of Health has indicated that the fight against cholera is the responsibility of all. “We must all get involved to protect our communities and our loved ones …”, he said, while asking the press to relay the following: we must drink clean water, boiled or treated with chlorine; wash the fruits and vegetables well with clean water; cook well and eat hot; wash hands thoroughly with clean water and soap or ashes before preparing food, before eating, before breastfeeding, after changing diapers, and after using the toilet. In case of watery and acute diarrhoea with or without vomiting, resulting in fluid loss, bring the patient to the nearest health centre as soon as possible and wash your hands after touching. Finally, it is also necessary to use clean latrines and not to defecate in the open air. These are basic hygiene measures recommended by the Ministry of Health.

    Joram Jojo

    Congolese People Cree his suffering, let's go fast to the elections

    The end of the past week was marked in Boma by an important activity that brought together political actors and civil society in the Hall John Paul II. It was the restitution by Bishop Cyprien Mbuka, Bishop of the Diocese of Boma in Kongo Central, of the content of the message of the Bishops of CENCO launched during the recent Extraordinary Plenary Assembly in Kinshasa on the theme: “Congolese People Cree his suffering, let’s go fast to the elections “from the book of Exodus 3: 7.

     Considering this activity of “dialogue with political actors and civil society”, the speaker relied on three points to save the text. First, the reasons for the message described by the current political situation in the DRC where the distressed population, faces the imbroglio cleverly maintained by the political class all tendencies.

    Second, the main purpose of the message made explicit by the biblical passage of Exodus 3: 7 to revive the hope of the Congolese people who cry out their suffering. Hence, the need to go quickly to democratic elections, free, transparent and credible.

    Thirdly, the particular objectives which are, inter alia, to recall that the New Year’s Eve Agreement of 31 December 2016 is still relevant, that it remains the only valid road map for the political process in the DRC; to firmly recall the duty of both parties to the inevitability of elections; to ensure moral and civic values; wake those who sleep; to straighten the failing hands according to Hebrews 12:12.

    After describing the political impasse in which our country is, the bishops, in their message that benefited in its making the contribution of experts from various horizons, including the presidency of the Republic, diplomats stationed in Kinshasa , the government, the CENI, etc., question: What to deal with these serious sprains.

     The few elements of answer to this question are: to avoid considering that the situation of the moment in the DRC is exclusively the affair of the bishops alone, these require the implication of all; they ask the Congolese people to participate in the elections called by all wishes as the only way of legitimacy of power;

    They ask the animators of the institutions to respect the rights of the primary sovereign; they ask the Head of State to ensure his republican office in strict compliance with the Constitution; elected officials must assume their constitutional obligations, the government to respect the fundamental rights and freedoms of citizens guaranteed by the Constitution.

    CENI to reassure the population of its independence and neutrality; leaders of political parties to propose realistic social projects, to ensure the civic education of their members, not to offer gifts to the sphere of the debates of the electoral process that border on corruption, not to maintain themselves or to to gain power through strikes; etc.

    Civil society to keep its apolitical identity and avoid inconstancy; partners to enforce the implementation of the electoral calendar …

    In the conclusion, Bishop Cyprien Mbuka recalled the pastoral mission of the bishops, which consists in proclaiming the gospel everywhere according to the Lord’s mandate. He urged the population to collectively become aware of the situation, to remain vigilant and to find non-violent strategies against all forms of oppression.

    From the ensuing debate, everyone was invited to a personal commitment, to fulfill their obligations, to defend their rights and to reflect on the issues of the day, given that the politicians as a whole: presidential and opposition failed because all that they do, the vagueness they maintain in one way or another are only their selfish interests even if they speak without embarrassment on behalf of the Congolese people drained and taken hostage. But there is a day when the hour of truth will ring. Who says better !

    Joram Jojo

    protection and promotion of the rights of people with disabilities in RDC, Congo

    Unity is strength, it is said. The National Federation of People Living with Handicap of Congo (FENAPHACO) and the Learning and Production Center for Disabled People of Kinshasa (CAPHK), led by Mr. Papy Mambweni, signed yesterday, Wednesday, December 27, 2017, a partnership in the defence, protection and promotion of the rights of people with disabilities. Objective, help each other materially or financially if necessary to work synergistic ally in the noble mission of defending the rights of PWH in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This activity was organised at the Mother and Child Center of Bumbu Commune. With the help of Handicap International, this event also marks the celebration of the International Day on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Theme retained: “The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons Living with Disabilities for greater equality, dignity and justice. Under the watchful eye of all the municipal authorities of Bumbu commune, this day allowed Mr. Patrick Pindu-di-Lusanga, National Coordinator of the National Federation of People Living with Handicap of Congo (FENAPHACO) to awaken the conscience of PVH of the Democratic Republic of Congo to reflect on their rights stipulated in the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that the Democratic Republic of Congo had ratified. On this occasion, Mr. Patrick Pindu-di-Lusanga, in his speech, called his peers to energetically engage to make known their rights for the sole purpose of breaking down physical barriers.

    “Do not look at your handicap. Get up, take your destiny and walk. Valorise rather your potential and talent of those which are a necessity in the process of the development of the DRC “, stressed Mr. Patrick Pindu-di-Lusanga before explaining to his peers the history and the spirit of the international convention with the rights of persons with disabilities. And to continue that despite the existence of various texts that guarantee the rights and protection of the person living with disabilities, this category continues to be marginalized, rejected and discriminated against.

     That is why the protection and promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is and remains the everyday workhorse of Mr. Patrick Pindu-di-Lusanga, Coordinator of the National Federation of Living People Associations. with handicap of Congo (FENAPHACO). That’s why the CAPHK awarded him a diploma of merit. With that, he seized the opportunity to encourage people with disabilities (HPV) to unite in cohesion and fight against all prejudices by valuing their potential through work alone pledge of success in life. “All that is done for us, without us and against us,” he reminds his peers of what Nelson Mandela said.

    Mr. Patrick Mindu-di-Lusanga pointed out that the International Convention had come to remove the person living with disability as a person of charity, for the considered as a subject of rights that has values ​​and competence as any valid person. “It is necessary that the Congolese State respects the convention which it had ratified. In particular, as regards the promotion of employment, access to health care, the schooling of students with disabilities. Also, Mr. Pindu encouraged people with disabilities to campaign for positions in all decision-making bodies. Thus, people living with disabilities can take care of themselves in order to plead their causes alone.

    Mr. Patrick Pindu also urged his fellow men not to underestimate themselves. But, to concretize the slogan: “person living with handicap, get up, take your destiny and walk”.

    For her part, Mrs. Jeannette Nkanu Mwamba, representative of the Mayor of Bumbu Commune and Head of Department for Social Affairs, called for the integration of all in the fight against discrimination of people with disabilities. Because, she stresses, one can become disabled, that does not mean that a PVH is not intelligent. On the other hand, she can do more than a valid person. With that, she reassured the involvement of the Bumbu communal house in all the activities that the HVH can organise in her municipality.

    Joram Jojo

    Democratic Republic of Congo RETROSPECTIVE OF THE YEAR 2017

    Democratic Republic of Congo

    Ministry of the Interior and Security

    Office of the Deputy Prime Minister


    The year 2017 that ends is marked by intense activities and meetings both national and international in nature led by the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Interior and Security. Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary has been on many fronts, ranging from victory to victory and success to success, following the instructions of President Joseph Kabila Kabange.

    Immediately appointed to the Government, the number one of the interior had to do with a major challenge: fight against the phenomenon Kamuina Nsapu who had embraced the entire Kasaïen space for almost a year before him.

    Contacts started in March 2016 with the notables of Grand Kasai and the biological family of the late Kamuina Nsapu led to the exhumation, restitution and burial of the remains of his body in his village, in accordance with the customs and customs of his clan: the Kasanga Bajila. This allowed the cessation of hostilities against loyalist forces and the wild decapitation of civilians by this movement quickly transformed into terrorism never known in this part of the country.

    It is the Forum on peace and reconciliation organized under the high patronage of the President of the Republic Joseph Kabila Kabange from 19 to 21 September 2017 which consecrated the end of the Kamuina Nsapu terrorist movement and the renewal of the pact of non-aggression between sons and daughters of Grand Kasaï sealed in 1961.

    2017 was also a success for the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Interior and Security in Tanganyika. On the instructions of the Predecessor of the Republic, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary put around the same table pygmies and Bantu nearly a decade of hostilities after. Elected officials and other Notables from the area were also used in this work of pacification and mutual acceptance between Bantu and Pygmies.

    The instability between provincial institutions since their advent in 2017 has also been central to Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary’s concerns over the past year.

    A seminar evaluating the functioning of the Provincial Assemblies was held in Kinshasa from 14 to 18 May 2017. Precise guidelines were given to the animators of the Assemblies for the collaboration with the Provincial Executives without breaking the rules of the democratic game and the control their prerogatives devolved on them by the Constitution.

    On this momentum, through the Governors’ Conference held in Goma from 18 to 19 December 2017 under the leadership of the President of the Republic with the assistance of the legal organizing authority of these assizes that is the Minister of the Interior, he was reminded the Governors of the need to mobilize local revenues for the development of their entities on the one hand, and on the other hand, their obligations to collaborate with the Provincial Legislative Assemblies through the duty of accountability, a guarantee of institutional stability. Present at Goma, on the sidelines of this Governors’ Conference, the presidents of the Provincial Assemblies, rightly or wrongly considered as the heads of the Governors, were invited to favor peaceful coexistence between the two institutions and to turn towards the preparation of the elections. .

    In 2017, the Ministry of the Interior and Security will also be marked by the assistance of the Government of the Republic, brought on August 26th to the victims of the Tara locality in Ituri. Following a landslide, several compatriots died in this part of the country, located on the edge of Lake Albert and access too difficult. This necessitated various means of transport to achieve the great satisfaction of the beneficiary population of goods, food and non-food as well as the support of school fees for orphans and the hospitalization of the survivors.

    The training of the Congolese National Police as part of the reinforcement of its capacities has been Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary’s workhorse since his accession to the Ministry of the Interior and Security. That’s why in 2017, hundreds of police benefited from March to October 2017, from initial training to specialized training in Kolwezi in Lualaba, Kasapa in Upper Katanga and Kasangulu in Central Kongo. They were sent to other Provinces of the country for the maintenance of public order.

    Focal Point of the Independent National Electoral Commission in the Government, the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Interior and Security, on behalf of the Government, presented the economics of the draft law amending and supplementing the 2006 Electoral Law before the Bicameral Congolese Parliament where he brilliantly convinced the Deputies and Senators. Adopted, this law was promulgated with its innovations by the President of the Republic on December 24, 2017.

    On the continental front, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary was in turn in the Republic of South Africa from 19 to 21 December 2017, taking part in the 10th session of the Great Commission DRC-South Africa in Pretoria.

    Then, on July 30, 2017, again in Pretoria, the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Interior and Security signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the Exemption of Visas for Holders of Diplomatic and Service Passports of the DRC and South Africa.

    2017 was also a year of the DRC’s major commitments against terrorism and money laundering. This is the reason for the presence of the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Interior and Security in Brazzaville where, personally representing the Head of State, he signed with the member countries of the CEMAC, the Agreement of DRC’s accession to the Action Group against Terrorism and Money Laundering, Gabac in acronym.

    And to crown off these counterterrorism efforts in Kigali, Rwanda, from 4 to 8 December, on the sidelines of the 45th meeting of the United Nations Standing Advisory Committee on Security in Central Africa, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister Interior and Security convinced the participants, with supporting evidence, to declare and recognize as terrorists the ADF, LRA and Kamuina Nsapu armed groups.

    It would be incomplete this retrospective if it would not end on the participation of Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary at the World Forum on Youth held from 05 to 10 November 2017 in Sharn El Sheikh in Egypt where he represented the President of the Republic. The Heads of State and Governments present on Egyptian soil have pledged to pool efforts and energies to combat global terrorism, which would find fertile ground among the youth of the world.

    2017 has been a year of success for the Ministry of the Interior and Security under the enlightened leadership of the President of the Republic, Head of State.

    Done at Kinshasa on December 26, 2018

    Louis d’Or Balekelayi

    Communication Advisor

    Joram Jojo

    Congolese National Congress It is time for preparations for the elections

    Congolese National Congress, CNC, dear to the Honorable Pius Muabilu Mbayu Mukala, think it is time not to be distracted. It is time for preparations for the elections scheduled for 2018, in accordance with the calendar published by the CENI, on November 5, 2017. “We want to go to the elections. This, along with Joseph Kabila and Corneille Nangaa, in accordance with the constitutional requirements. The Congolese want to celebrate the good year. We invite everyone to go about their business, and to prepare the feast of their children on December 31st. Congo is a country of God, and all of us are children of God. The electoral law that has been published is a security of the electoral process. Those who oppose it are not ready to go to the next elections. ” 

    A multi-effect walk

    The Lay Coordinating Committee is the main organizer of this march, scheduled for December 31st. Voices are raised to denounce this way, it seems, chaos advocated by those who do not want to be part of the electoral scheme. Others, like the lay Christians, do not want to give up, despite the instructions of the provincial authority prohibiting public demonstrations, this last time. The spokesperson for the Congolese National Congress believes that this is not the time to try to shed the blood of the innocents by the street. For this MP party that feels very ready to face the polls, the electoral calendar was published on November 5, 2017; the electoral law has also been promulgated since 25 December. It is better for all the parties involved in the December 2018 elections to prepare for it, instead of sowing terror and fire, and to provoke the people’s anxiety by waving in unconstitutional proceedings.


    It was through a statement made public on December 15 that the grouping of Christian Laity (mainly Congolese Catholic Church) invited the Congolese people to walk in the streets of the country’s towns and villages on December, to demand the full implementation of the New Year’s Eve Agreement, which, moreover, expires on the ” D ” day of New Year’s Eve, as reported by Harold Badibanga, Spokesman of the CNC. It is worth remembering that Kinshasa’s city hall has, until now, banned public demonstrations, following security issues of the moment. The CNC advocates peace, and credible, transparent and peaceful elections, the only mode for democratic alternation, in a country that wants to be entitled. The party dear to the Honorable Pius Muabilu Mbayu Mukala sends a strong message to its activists and all the Congolese people, in general, that of inviting everyone to invest in cultivating peace, social cohesion, and the development of the nation, barring the road to all those who, from near or far, take steps to lead the country into chaos.

    Election Bill

    Congolese National Congress Spokesperson Harold Badibanga welcomed the promulgation of the electoral law by the Head of State, Joseph Kabila Kabange. On behalf of the CNC, this great political party among many others, in the presidential sphere, Harold Badibanga affirmed that the electoral law is a fundamental instrument for the current electoral process. “For us, the CNC, the promulgation of the electoral law is an expression of the manifest will of the Head of State to actually go to elections, unlike those who think that he does not have the will . The government did its part, the parliament did its part. And the President of the Republic, Chief Executive has set the bar Very High by enacting this law. It remains only for the Government of the Republic and the partners to mobilise the necessary funds. Those who oppose this law, so far, are not ready to go to elections. The law is tough, but it’s the law. Article 135 of the RD Constitution. Congolese applied to the harmonisation of differences of points in the consideration and adoption of the draft law. Those who say that the procedure has not been respected, they have only to prove it to us, “said the spokesman of the Congolese National Congress.

    Joram Jojo


    These are mostly politicians and elite thieves! Most of them are young and poorly-educated. To them, chaos and disorder is standard operating procedure – either with guns or sticks! You find them cruising in expensive automobiles such as Range Rovers and other SUVs from which they dispose of empty water bottles along city streets.
    They are impatient to wait in traffic, and since they drive dark-tinted huge cars, they shamelessly drive on the advancing side. Our scrawny underpaid traffic officers fear to touch them. You find them parked on pavements or pedestrian walkways. They build mansions in wetlands or road reserves, unapologetically grab land, and spend like they own Bank of Uganda.
    Incidentally, money has a way of sculpting a powerful image for those who have it – including idiots – as their utterances are often backed with (purchasing or political) power. For their money-acquired statuses, our dullards often get media and open-air invites to comment on matters of national importance.
    Sadly, these elite gangsters can barely make a coherent speech. Instead, they mumble about their wealth, and chant praises to the government of President Museveni. When cornered, they resort to empty chants about being the majority.
    Sometime, they retort: “Go to court!” gloating over their political advantage with the justice system. But if the French Revolution of 1789 taught the world anything, it was how it dealt with idiocy – of the likes of Marie Antoinette.

    Joram Jojo

    At the entrance gate of a university in South Africa the following message was posted for contemplation:

    *”Destroying any nation does not require the use of atomic bombs or the use of long range missiles. _It only requires lowering the quality of education and allowing cheating in the examinations by the students._”*

    Patients die at the hands of such doctors.

    Buildings collapse at the hands of such engineers.

    Money is lost at the hands of such economists & accountants.

    Humanity dies at the hands of such religious scholars.

    Justice is lost at the hands of such judges…

    *”The collapse of education is the collapse of the nation.”*

    Joram Jojo

    Congo RDC, CENCO met Denis Sassou Nguesso in Brazzaville

    On behalf of CENCO, Utembi and Nshole were in Brazzaville on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. They met Denis Sassou Nguesso. Reason? Share with the latter some concerns related in particular to the problem of the implementation of the Agreement of 31 December 2016 and the need for the holding of peaceful elections in DRC. Congo. But what can Sassou do well? Does he really have the free hands and the bulk necessary to be listened to by all parties involved in the Congolese crisis? Only questions … without answers, after all. In politics, hope is, however, allowed.


    Two diametrically opposed positions develop in DRC Congo. Towards the end of December 2017, the hard wing of the Rassemblement called for the institution of a transition without Kabila, called for measures of political relaxation in terms of the release of prisoners and other embassied opposition figures, at the end of the duplication of political parties, the abandonment of certain legal proceedings as well as the end of police, administrative and fiscal harassment. In the same vein, the Rassemblement, determined to do battle, also demanded respect for human rights, freedom of demonstration, assembly or expression. The media close to some Opposition leaders who had previously been shut down was thus forced to reopen as a result of this pressure. To achieve this, the Gathering was ramped up with, in the key, the multiplication of actions, including the march of 31 December 2017 initiated by the Lay Committee of Coordination. Actions involving Christians were conducted every Thursday around 9 pm to ring the bell and warn the Congolese authorities about the end of the 12-month extension granted to President Kabila on December 31, 2016, after his second and final term expired on December 20, 2016.

    Eye of the cyclone

    Today, in January 2018, beyond this agreed timing, the government has organized, in its own way, to mock demonstrations and defenes the perpetrators of extremist acts. The last report of the Council of Ministers warned moreover that justice should seize this file in case of recidivism.

    More than ever, the government would have taken the threat so seriously that, in its defenseless way, it is trying to put more effort into the electoral process. The opposition is now under the eye of the storm.

    The electoral law, while disputed, has been examined, adopted and promulgated. The electoral calendar, even if it is not the taste of the Rally of Limete, is indeed there. Nangaa and Kalamba have received a batch of eight voting machines for which the awareness campaign, as a cross-cutting operation, will have to start in the next few days.

    Actions in process

    Already, still on the side of the CENI, a communication officer has suggested that an appeal was made to potential candidates to start to examine their files. Because, when the time comes, next June, the deadline for submitting candidates is very limited. On the same occasion, it confirmed, moreover, that the election calendar will be respected and that the 2018 Budget allows to build on the internal efforts, to ensure the financing of the whole process to the end.

    So, all that remains is the law on the distribution of seats which, in accordance with the schedule of November 5, 2017, will be examined at the next session of March 2018 on the basis of the electoral roll, the last adjustments of which take place at the end of this month of January 2018.

    In other words, between the Opponents and the power, it’s day and night. How, then, to intervene? By what end do we want to bring back the major actors of this crisis to the negative effects on the health of the elections?

    In old wise, Sassou runs the sister Republic of Congo-Brazzaville for many years. He managed to return home after organising a referendum that the Accord of December 31, 2016 does not allow in DRC. Congo.

    Currently, he is chairing the ICGLR’s destiny, of which he is President-in-Office. Sassou does not lack assets. Only in the recent past, when Etienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba was still standing, did he manage to convince him not to demonize Edem Kodjo on the eve of the dialogue of the African Union City.

    Some had thought that he was the godfather of all this pattern in the October 18 Agreement that followed, until the arrival of the Badibanga team in November 2016, in charge of the Central Executive.

    Sassou certainly has every reason to get involved. Brazzaville is undoubtedly the nearest capital of Kinshasa. The connections, ramifications and other affinities between the nationals of these two countries place him in the moral obligation to see what happens in DRC. Congo. Since after all, in case of overflowing, his country would be required to serve as a point of exit to all those who dare to seek to take off.

    But, all this can not guarantee the good end of the mission that the Bishops entrust to him, if he does not have the guarantee of the President Kabila, the Number One executor of the Agreement of New Year’s Eve.

    Joram Jojo

    Save the Congo Plus calls for the departure of Burno Tshibala Nzenzhe from the Primature

    President of a civil society platform called ” Save the Congo Plus ”, Boni Kamunga calls for the departure of Burno Tshibala Nzenzhe from the Primature. He is asking the President of the Republic to appoint another person as Prime Minister. He said it clearly in an interview he gave to a colleague from the square.

    What does he blame Tshibala for

    “For us, actors of civil society, the social of the people has deteriorated badly. Parents are unable to cope with the many challenges they face such as paying school fees for children, organizing end-year and New Year festivities; in short, the daily experience ”, replies the President of the platform ” Save Congo Plus ”, to a question put to him on his analysis of the socio-political situation of Congo-Kinshasa, in the evening of 2017. And so for him, it is the Head of Government who is responsible for it.

    On the political side, he says, it’s total chaos. As the so-called New Year’s Eve Agreement, signed at the Center interdiocésain by the entire political class and civil society, under the aegis of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo, CENCO, had advocated the holding of all the polls in 2017 and 31 December of the same year as the end of the transitional period. Unfortunately, he continues, the two central Executives of the transition, headed respectively by Samy Badibanga and Bruno Tshibala, were not able to achieve the objectives assigned to them as mainly, the improvement of the Social and the holding of the elections democratic, free and transparent with the peaceful outcome expected by all.

    ” In view of this bitter failure, we ask the President of the Republic, the only institution protected by Article 70 of the Constitution, to replace the current Central Executive headed by Mr Bruno Tshibala by another who will be led by a a personality capable of stimulating the improvement of the social of the people with a view to enabling the Congolese to give themselves the leaders they have chosen through the elections as described above “, vociferates Boni Kamunga.

    Asked whether such an approach would not add to the ranks of the Radicals gathered around the Rally and CENCO, the Chairman-in-Office of the “Save the Congo Plus” platform stresses that it is not every neophyte in politics. “I have more than 30 years of experience as a facilitator of civil society organizations and platforms. The discontent that is taking place today among the Congolese population originates in the political class and a few animators of civil society organizations. So Congolese are fed up with this game that only benefits the pre-recalled category. Today, they are calling for the improvement of his daily life and the holding of elections, nothing more ”, he adds.

    In a nutshell, Mr. Boni Kamunga insists that today, the Congolese people are only calling for the improvement of their daily lives and the holding of elections, nothing more. This is why he is using the Head of State to set up a government capable of meeting Congolese expectations.

    In the words of the end of the interview he had with our colleague, Le Libre débat, not to mention it, Boni Kamunga only asked for the departure of Bruno Tshibala and his entire team. But, also, the appointment of a Prime Minister and the establishment of a central executive able to meet the expectations of the Congolese people.

    Joram Jojo

    Congolese consensus on the current electoral process between Majority and Radical Opposition

    The Congolese political marigot is once again caught in a rush of which informed observers know the outcome: an official or unofficial rendezvous supposedly to build on the stalemate to prescribe a remedy. That of the DRC is known. It’s nothing more than elections. But, not just any, those that have the consent of all and are organised in a serene climate. Which is the opposite of the current decor. Closer Capitals Kinshasa and Brazzaville, in the age of crises, know that going back and forth is commonplace. And, in recent times, according to indiscretions, in broad daylight or at night, the Pool Malebo is crossed at will.

    Far from the unofficial practices, Marcel Utembi and Donatien Nshole respectively, President of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo and Secretary of this structure of men in cassock of the Catholic Church, were fully official. Denis Sassou N’guesso. According to the snippets of information gleaned from the dexterity of sleuths connected to cross-media sources, it appears that these two men of the universal Church have been to see the President of the sister Republic of Congo-Brazzaville, so that he implies in this decisive turn that begins the DRC, neighboring country, brother country. It’s not a secret for anyone.

    From the forthcoming dialogue of the African Union City to the Assizes of the Inter-diocesan Center, Sassou, who is known for his wise experience in the Great Lakes, played a major role. Nothing surprising in the event of an apocalypse in Congo-Kinshasa, his Congo, will not fail to suffer the pernicious effects. So, will Sassou work for a new policy deal on the elections scheduled for December 23, 2018? Where, if any, will it simply get down to getting peace between church and power?

    These questions will have answers shortly. But it is not only in Brazza that negotiations are going well. In Kinshasa, too, the era would be in this exercise that the Congolese have consumed seriously these last two years. Here, it is the African Union which has released an advanced detachment to consult the Congolese political class. December 31, 2017 has passed? What about the march of the electoral process until the 2018 elections and the alternation in 2019, if we must give credence to the election almanac of the CENI? Until then, no verdict has fallen on this side.

    Before these diplomats who work in the open, others, have already begun the work of seeking consensus on the current electoral process between Majority and Radical Opposition. The first is to ensure that these games are held in the time indicated. Two, that the latter are the most inclusive possible. Of three, that there is no germs of post-election crisis. In view of the decor that crashes, those with the political flair can deduce that the Democratic Republic of Congo is at the dawn of something that can not move away from a third round of discussions whose boundaries remain to be defined . But, will the pregnancy in progress go to completion?

    Joram Jojo

    Is this platform at the dawn of a big bang? More than one think so, currently. Above all, after the letter of the G7 addressed to the President of this mega-regrouping of the Radical Opposition in Congo-Kinshasa so that it works quickly to a correction of the shooting. Reasons? There is supposed to be dissonance, precisely on two thorny topics: ” the TSKN ”, to hear Transition Sans Kabila and Nangaa, and the problematic of the clinical state, to understand death or survival, of the New Year’s Eve Agreement after December 31 last year.

    The former rebels of the MP, far from signing a new sling at Rassop / Limete, sound the alarm, putting Felix Tshisekedi Tshilombo face his responsibilities. This reading of things is reproved by the spokesperson of the number one Rassop who speaks to him of a usual internal letter which has only flee. Yet, far away from the Tshisekedis, languages ​​speak about another reality.

    “At this very important stage in our common struggle for democracy and the rule of law in our country, it is fundamental that our views are always harmonized on key issues, especially the communication strategy in order to strengthen our unity. and the effectiveness of our action. In this case, the G7 believes, among other things, that we should have the same understanding of the fate of the Comprehensive and Inclusive Political Agreement of 31 December 2016 on today’s date and the ways and means of achieving the strategic goal of transition without Kabila. We should agree on the language elements to stick to this, “says the G7 letter.


    For some time now, certain intelligences of the Rassemblement wing Limete have unofficially told the press that many postures of Tshisekedi Fils fell within its proprietary decision. Straightforwardly, the warning march of December 19th is quoted and much more. Would Felix have become, with his presidential prerogatives, an occasional freelancer? It is well believed to support it without tweezers. However, these non-consensual postures would be a source of embarrassment and discomfort for someone from his rivals in the fight against Rassop / Limete.

    The evil is elsewhere

    Created in Genval to obtain the alternation in time, so in 2016 at the time, with Tshisekedi Father at its head, the Rally of political and social forces, today bipolarized after the death of the lider maximo, is visibly in a phase decisive. The main concern is why twice, in December 2016 and throughout the whole of 2017, this group of platforms and political parties of the Opposition could not offer what it was created: alternation at the top of the State with the departure of President Kabila, still in office. This is the real question. And, the devil, who hides in the details, is well in the details of this question.

    Felix and Katumbi reassure

    In a statement jointly signed last week, these two personalities who embody two major forces of Rassop, the Udps, for the first, the G7 for the second, reassured the indivisibility of the Rally / Limete. This, while speculation was going and are well on the creation of a new electoral platform of Moise Katumbi. Who, nevertheless, according to the rules of the current game, except last minute change, will not be able to register as eligible to the CENI to contribute to the elections, it is necessary to remember it. “We invite our people not to listen attentively and especially to reject this campaign of slander and slander by some decadent power agencies whose sole purpose is to divide the leadership of the opposition and thus plant the decor of discord between the two political personalities. The division within the Rassop does not find any foundation since the causes we defend transcend our own people, “said, in a reassuring tone, these two personalities. Since politics is dynamic, has the situation changed or, moreover, will it be the case, in the near or distant future?

    Joram Jojo

    Congo DRC Elections Will Take Place on December 23, 2018

    One thing is to announce the election calendar. Another, the most important, is to take steps to make the electoral process a reality. Yesterday, indeed, the electoral center, being faithful to its promises, has received a lot of eight voting machines at N’djili international airport. In the absence of Nangaa, retained to other charges, according to which his agenda is very solicited these last days, it was there represented by Jean-Pierre Kalamba N’galula, the Rapporteur of the CENI.

    The latter, verbal diarrhea obliges, did not hide his satisfaction, as to the progress, according to him, the preparations for elections whose appointment was fixed, as everyone knows, December 23, 2018, s it is necessary to comply with the published calendar, November 5, 2017.


    But, in the eyes of the Opponents, the voting machine was neither provided for by the electoral law nor by the Constitution. Christophe Lutundula Apala Pen Apala, National Deputy and Vice-President of the G7, believes that the voting machine poses both a technical and political problem to the point that it would be unrealistic for the CENI to think that it could to impose on the political actors, without such an adventure turning into boudin water. Majority Christophe Nkolomoni, one of the influential executives of the PPRD, did not put his tongue in his pocket. For him, indeed, the electoral center has the right to propose to the Congolese all the modern tools to carry out the electoral process. Like what, the opinions remain divided as the Opposition and the Majority, two main Congolese political families, will continue to look at each other in faience dogs. Looks like we’re here, in a new whirlpool.


    But the CENI does not intend, however, to cross the arm. Jean-Baptiste Itipo, the Communication Officer of this institution supporting democracy, said that the CENI will, as of now, embark on a large-scale campaign to raise public awareness about the use of of the machine. Moreover, on the same subject, while he was receiving the first eight machines that will serve as a guinea pig for the finalization of the electoral process, with the incrustation of this crucial phase whose voting machine would diminish, it seems , the cost, reduce the time and simplify the procedure of the publication of the results, Jean-Pierre Kalamba again and always him, had already evoked the idea that the CENI will not have more to procrastinate.


    And that, all in all, the time being limited, this time, it will be necessary for the CENI to fulfill most of its promises. As a reminder, Nangaa, in front of the press bosses, on December 30, 2017, had confirmed that at the end of this month of January 2018, the CENI should conclude with the electoral register. In June 2018, it will be the convocation of the electorate. Then, in September 2018, the electoral campaign will begin, as soon as we have finished with the publication of the provisional and final lists of the presidential coupled with national and provincial legislation. And, finally, the polls themselves, will intervene, December 23, 2018. And, even there, the prospect of the civilised transfer of power is and remains maintained on January 12, 2019, as announced at the publication of the electoral calendar. Thus, will we be able to turn the page of all this trimmings, with the arrival at the business of the new successor in Kabila who, in the yard of the elections, will be installed, at the head of the country.

    Joram Jojo

    Congo DRC Second reading of the draft Law amending mining and the environment Code

    During the current parliamentary session in the DRC, the opinion remains focused on the second reading of the draft Law amending and supplementing Law No. 007/2002 of 11 July 2002 on the Mining Code which is one of the essential subjects of the extraordinary parliamentary session in progress.

    As a reminder, well-informed observers note that the 2002 Mining Code was not only one of the most generous in the world for investors, but also and above all, the least protective of the environment.

    In fact, on the one hand, in economic terms, as stated in a Gécamines press release published on its website dated January 08, 2018, I quote: “the boom in the natural resources sector from 2007 onwards has more It has benefited foreign investors rather than the state and local producers, the choice to resort to multinational companies operating in the formal sector that have not produced the economic benefits expected by the state. “

    And on the environmental and social side, according to environmental experts, in fifteen years of existence, this Mining Code has caused in our country, a real hecatomb on the environment in that it is by definition, the set of natural or artificial elements and biological and geochemical balances in which they participate as well as economic, social and cultural factors that favor the existence, transformation and development of the environment, organisms and human activities.

    Just go to Katanga to convince yourself.

    It is worth remembering here that in our time, our country did not have a framework law on the environment even though the Constitution of our country in its article 53 stipulates that: “Everyone has the right to a healthy environment conducive to its development.

    Also, for reasons difficult to elucidate, it was instituted within the Ministry of Mines, a direction of protection of the mining environment (DPEM) a mini-ministry of the environment, with exorbitant powers, proceeding at the same time the validation of environmental studies of mining projects, thereby becoming, judge and party in this very sensitive area that is the protection of the environment, yet vested in another Ministry.

    This situation has persisted for many years with incalculable and irreversible consequences on the environment and especially the surrounding populations.

    Meanwhile, on July 9, 2011, the Head of State promulgated from the City of Kisangani, Law No. 11/009 of 09 July 2011 Bearing Fundamental Principles Relating to the Protection of the Environment.

    With regard to the environmental and social impact assessment, Article 21 of this Law stipulates: “Any project for the development, infrastructure or exploitation of any industrial, commercial, agricultural, forestry, mining or telecommunications activity. or other likely to have an impact on the environment is subject to an environmental impact study, with its duly approved management plan.

    Article 22 of this law stipulates that the evaluation and approval of the environmental impact study and the monitoring of its implementation are entrusted to a public institution.

    A deliberate decree in the Council of Ministers fixes the organization and operation.

    Thus, among the implementing measures, by Decree No. 14/030 of November 18, 2014, a public institution of a technical and scientific nature named “Agence Congolaise de l’Environnement” was created in acronym ACE.

    The purpose of the ACE is to evaluate and approve all environmental and social studies and monitor their implementation; ensure that environmental protection is taken into account in the execution of any development project, infrastructure and planning, agriculture and livestock, renewable resources, tourism and hotels, industrial sector, product management and miscellaneous waste, the mining sector, hydrocarbons and fossil fuels or the exploitation of any industrial, commercial or other activity likely to have an impact on the environment.

    The opinion will retain that the current Legislature will have been marked by a fertility in the production of the texts of the particular laws governing the different sectors of the environment among others, the Law n ° 11-022 of December 24 bearing fundamental principles relative to the , Law No. 14-003 of 11 February 2014 on the Conservation of Nature, Law No. 14/011 of 17 June 2014 on Electricity, Law No. 15/012 of 1 August 2015 on General Hydrocarbons Regime and Law No. 15/026 of 31 December 2015 on Water, to name but a few.

    Given the cross-cutting nature of the environment, the implementation of these laws is no problem at present, except with the Ministry of Mines, which considers that it has a separate (mining) environment.

    In addition, it should be noted that one of the recommendations of the KATANGA mining conference from January 30 to 31, 2013, referred to the need to harmonize legal and regulatory texts, notably the Mining Code and the Law on Fundamental Principles relating to the protection of the environment, as well as its various implementing texts adopted and published by the government.

    Moreover, at the international level, our country the Democratic Republic of Congo must respect international treaties, conventions and agreements relating to the protection of the environment of which the Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development assures the role of Focal Point .

    In this draft law from the government, already in the definitions in its article 1st, it was noted and recognized to the Congolese Environment Agency, ACE, its sovereign mission as “a public institution of a technical and created by Decree No. 14/030 of 18 November 2014 under the Environmental Protection Act and exercising, throughout the national territory, the evaluation and approval activities of the environmental and social studies as well as the monitoring of their implementation and taking into account the protection of the environment in the implementation of

    Mining projects ».

    Unfortunately, the bill under consideration in the upper house was the subject of a “deliberate tampering” that fundamentally distorted the roles of each ministry and that may create ambiguities and equivocities in the implementation of this Mining Code .

    Questions ?

    Who benefits from this criminal trafficking in this bill? Is it mine operators or the mining administration? How to explain this obstinacy of certain individuals to seek to perpetuate bad practices? What are the real motivations of these destroyers of the framework law on the environment? These are the questions that savvy observers face when they feel the smell of greenbacks in the ultimate goal of doing this dirty job.

    In any case not to the Congolese people, even less to the riparian populations to these mining projects which languish in misery and which are exposed to environmental risks sometimes irreversible.

    Meanwhile, generally informed sources denounce the approach of the delegates of the Ministry of Mines who would bent to perpetuate the old practices of keeping the management of what they call “mining environment”, even by unorthodox methods.

    The important economic challenge expected from this Mining Code will only benefit the country and the Congolese if the environmental and social issues are taken into account.

    The sustainable development that our country is all about can only be achieved by matching economic, social and environmental interests.

    Congolese on all sides recommend the vigilance of the honourable Senators so as not to give in to blackmail and other low-level practices to correct these oddities and finally endow our country with a Mining Code that will not only broaden the tax base, but will take into account the real needs of local populations to these mining projects in order to implement a real social responsibility by the mining operators.

    To do otherwise is simply to undermine the needs of today’s population, sacrifice future generations and jeopardize the sustainable development that our country the DRC aspires to.

    To be continued.

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