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    Joram Jojo

    Kinshasa City Hall and the organisers of the peaceful

    Sunday, January 21, 2018, the urban authorities do not intend to learn any of the announced marches, was organised. The police have been instructed to deploy to break any momentum in the direction of braving the state and even to annoy the public order. The leaders of the Lay Coordinating Committee and the Coordinator of the SET Platform to be on their guard. Clément Bafiba, the Vice-Governor of the City-Province of Kinshasa, launches here a serious warning, according to the spirit of the letters that he addressed to them respectively.

    This is an answer without the slightest confusion or embellishment that Kinshasa City Hall has reserved for the organisers of the peaceful marches announced for this Sunday, January 21, 2018.

    By separate courier, Clément Bafiba Zomba, the Vice-Governor, acting in the absence of Kimbuta Yango, living abroad, holds, responsible for any possible slippage in its jurisdiction, all, against wind and tides, rowing against the current decision he made.

    For the Lay Committee on Coordination, he regretted, for example, the fact that he had not had prior consultation of harmonization of views which, however, was intended to clarify the outlines of this march.

    He particularly criticizes Messrs. Thierry Nlandu Mayamba, Isidore Ndaywel e Eziem and Justin Okana Nsiawi, the fact of having shone, according to him, by the absence at this meeting when they were invited. Moreover, he mentions, that by virtue of the information elements in his possession, he can not take note of this new march as long as the results of the investigations initiated, on the sidelines of the march of 31 December 2017, have not yet been conclusive.

    Roger Lumbala, the coordinator of the Platform ” SET ”, who today marries the members of the Rally of Kasa-Vubu, Clément Bafiba expresses, rather, fears of turbulence and big-bang useless, if he ever let the so-called Green March, as it was announced for the same Sunday, January 21, 2018, to the detriment of that which the Committee of Laity of Coordination fought to organize.

    Back to back

    In both cases, the Vice-Governor, in the analysis of these two letters, reproduced here, in facsimile, reserves the right to engage the security forces to crack down. He brandishes, therefore, the threat of resorting to the public power to mast all sorts of marches which he would consider as being unauthorised and therefore of a nature to disturb the public order.

    Arm wrestling?

    Is the Lay Coordinating Committee hearing it the same way? The whole question is there. Especially since the wine seems to have been sufficiently drawn, during the mass that, just recently, was said in memory of the victims of the events of December 31, 2017, in the Cathedral Notre Dame du Congo. Should we think that we will witness, once again, a new showdown? One would be tempted to believe it. For all these marches, whether from Lumbala Roger or the CLC, had as their starting point, the various Catholic parishes. How to smother them, as long as the faithful and other faithfuls remain mobilised. Anyway, all sensitised people will go to church. Then, just after, they will attempt the adventure that may, unfortunately, turn to vinegar, causing a new bloodbath.

    Joram Jojo

    Moses Katumbi and Gabriel Kyungu Calls for a peaceful march

    For two weeks rumours have been going around a possible divorce between Moses Katumbi and Gabriel Kyungu, especially after the visit to Lubumbashi, the boss of the G7, Joseph Olengha Nkoy.

    A meeting that the presidential majority and the defectors of the opposition have tried to put in place to demonstrate that Kyungu was on the brink of rupture and ready to give everything to Joseph Kabila’s power.

    Arrived Thursday in Brussels for treatment, Gabriel Kyungu was quick to get in touch with the former governor of Katanga. The discomfort between the two men? “None,” explained Thursday at Lalibreafrique, a member of the G7, also in Brussels. “Kyungu is a politician who does not tell a story. He is determined to fight to the end for the departure of Joseph Kabila. Only the great naive think that he will yield to the sirens of power. Olengha Nkoy got nothing. “

    A version confirmed this Saturday in a video (see below). Kyungu and Katumbi sit side by side explain their common struggle and mobilise the Congolese and Congolese for my march this Sunday. On these images, the message is clear. The two men are more united than ever. They speak with one voice on the eve of the march of Catholics this Sunday, January 21st.

    A peaceful march that both men support unconditionally. A march for which Moses Katumbi sent a clear message to the forces of the orders: “refuse the orders of your superiors. Do not shoot at your sisters and brothers.

    Joram Jojo

    Nothing is more right between the regime of President Joseph Kabila, out of mandate since December 2016, and the Catholic Church

    Political tension continues in Congo, two days before a new Christian march, announced this Sunday, Jan. 21, to ask the regime once again that it respects the 2016 New Year’s Eve Agreement, marking the path to consensual elections. The power wants indeed to see it “violent” although it is peaceful. And a crack appears in the presidential camp, where two executives argue about a counter-march that the Prime Minister wants to organize the same day.

    Nothing is more right between the regime of President Joseph Kabila, out of mandate since December 2016, and the Catholic Church. The repression of the peaceful march of Christians on December 31 (6 deaths at least according to the UN and the Vatican, none according to the regime), intended to demand compliance with the New Year’s Eve 2016, has prompted widespread international condemnation, including from the Vatican, who emphasised that “the promotion of social justice and the defence of civil and political rights of citizens is an integral part of the social doctrine of the Church”.

    Protestant cold shower

    While the Kabila have been using the Protestants for years to cut the grass under the feet of the powerful Catholic Church, committed to this Social Doctrine, the surprise was great, January 17, during the worship in memory of Laurent Kabila – father of the current President, who replaced him at the head of the state by virtue of a strange monarchical succession in the middle of the republic, after his assassination in 2001 – celebrated at the Protestant Cathedral of the Centennial. Reverend François David Ekofo stigmatized the absence of a state before the main authorities of the country and urged them to bequeath to “our children a country where the state is real, where everyone is equal before the law” . “God gave us everything (…) It’s a sin for Congo to be poor,” he said.

    Some voices evoke plans to create violence during the new march of Christians, Sunday ( churches-du-reveil-appelees-a-la-rescousse-par -le-pouvoir /), in order to discredit this demonstration of the desire of the Congolese to return to the Constitution.

    Tshibala-Olengankoy Arm Wrestling

    For his part, Prime Minister Bruno Tshibala announced his intention to organize another march on the 21st, intended, it, to support “the electoral process in progress” – allusion to a new postponement of the presidential election, which should have been organized end of 2016 and was not, then in December 2017 with no more effect and which is announced today for December 2018.

    However, he ran into Joseph Olengankoy. Like Tshibala, the latter is one of the former opponents rallied to power in exchange for positions. Olengankoy – officially chairman of a Committee of Wise Men supposed to represent the opposition but which the latter does not recognise – believes that “our role is not to confront the Church” and has spoken against a path towards to oppose the Congolese between them. “Let’s avoid confronting the Congolese, fighting against each other. Privilege the path of wisdom and peace. I ask the people to reject any action that aims to torpedo the agreement of December 31, 2016, “he said in a tweet repeated by the Congolese news agency APA.

    Unsupported charges

    The regime has left a way out to repress the peaceful marchers by accusing them of violence in advance, while claiming that there were no deaths during the crackdown on the march of the December 31st. At the end of a council of extraordinary ministers, on January 15, he assured that the security situation was “relatively calm over the entire national territory with, however, some subversive attempts initiated by a member of the hierarchy of the clergy of the Catholic Church of the city of Kinshasa “, referring to Archbishop Laurent Monsengwo, who compared the Christians killed at the end of Mass on December 31, to the martyrs of Independence.

    “These attempts,” continues the communique of the Council of Ministers, “that members of the Cenco tried to rationalise later in a statement, were part of an anti-constitutional pattern of violence, disorder, disruption of the electoral process, seriously compromising national interests “. As a result, “the relevant government departments have been instructed to make sure that force remains to the law”.

    Joram Jojo

    Works of water supply lauched in Ngomba and Régideso neighborhoods in Kisenso commune

    Reacting to the many complaints recorded during the working visits of the Ministers in the different communes of the rd-Congolese capital, Pierre Kangudia Mbayi and Justin Bitakwira respectively, Minister of State in charge of the Budget and Minister of Rural Development, officially launched the works water supply drilling in Ngomba and Régideso neighbourhoods in Kisenso commune. It was Saturday, January 13, 2018, under the supervision of the Chief of Staff of the President of the Republic and to the great satisfaction of the inhabitants of this corner of the metropolis who, for ages, endure enormous difficulties in terms of drinking water supply .

    This intervention, which, incidentally, is no longer to be reported for Mr. Pierre Kangudia, also supports following the instruction of the Head of State, Joseph Kabila Kabange, asking ministers to feel the realities of the daily life of populations on land, far from their usual comfort. It was with the assistance of the Minister of Rural Development, Justin Bitakwira, whose national service of the rural hydraulics placed under its tutelage, is in charge of the execution these types of works.

    A multitude of requests had, in fact, been the subject of complaints to these two Ministers concerning generally, the social problems in emergency mode, and which almost all the population suffers from the promises, very often, not put in application.

    In the commune of Kisenso, faced with the enormous situation of the water scarcity, the Minister of State, Minister of the Budget, Pierre Kangudia, had promised an effective and rapid solution which, until then, constituted the frisette of their difficulties.

    Promised thing, thing due. On the morning of this Saturday, January 13, the Mayor of Kisenso commune, Jacques Bile, received the two ministers, Pierre Kangudia and Justin Bitakwira, as appointed emissaries of the Head of State, for the launch of this water supply works, more precisely, in Ngomba and Régideso neighborhoods.

    And on the same occasion, Mr. Pierre Kangudia was warmly welcomed by the “bana bangamoyo”, forcing him, therefore, to walk several hundred meters to the site of exploration of the site to be treated, at No. 7 Makanga Avenue No. 7, in the Ngomba district.

    The Mayor of this commune, in his speech, thanked the Head of State for having sent his Director of Cabinet with these two ministers to relieve the suffering of this population who, generally, walks long distances for s’ provide drinking water. The Minister of Rural Development then defined the outline of the project and asked the population to become involved, for its success.

    In turn, the one who is now called “social dad”, a real man in the field, traced the history of the drinking water supply project which is part of the concerns of this population, apart from erosions that have found a great beginning of solution, with the distribution of more than 50,000 bags in different districts of Kisenso. Which explains, in fact, that this town has not had to record any material damage and loss of life, during recent torrential rain recorded in Kinshasa.

    Finally, Nehemiah Mwilanya, the President of the Republic’s Head of Cabinet, greeted, on behalf of the Head of State, the people, who came massively, to listen to the delegation he had the privilege of driving. He then asked the population to appropriate this project with visible social impact.

    A small guided tour was conducted on the site where the experts from the Ministry of Rural Development were conducting the sounding tests to determine the depth of water collection and the estimation of the placement distances of the standpipes for the distribution, once the completed works, drinking water.

    Anxious to give water to a larger number of people, Pierre Kangudia has led the Chief of Staff to Head of State and Justin Bitakwira to Régideso district, where a second tank will be placed to supply and serve the population of this area. district.

    Joram Jojo


    The Unified Lumumbist Party (PALU) will present the candidates at all levels in the elections scheduled this year according to the calendar promulgated on November 5, 2017 by the CENI. This is what emerges from the greeting of Antoine Gizenga, Secretary General and head of this political party. To this end, he calls for the revitalisation of party activities through the revitalisation of basic cells. Reason why, he officially launched the special election fee that will be overseen by the party’s permanent secretary. Thus, he asked each councillor general, respectively, in his area, to get to work. For, warns the Patriarch, he will evaluate each on the basis of results. Remaining faithful to the New Year’s Eve Agreement, PALU, by its number one, notes that the tripartite established by this Agreement as a framework for the evaluation of the electoral process no longer inspires confidence for certain partners from the political opposition. Hence, Antoine Gizenga asks the CENI to convene in a short time, the framework of consultation with stakeholders to obtain a firm commitment.

    Dear compatriots, PALU activists,

    As dean of politicians in the Democratic Republic of Congo and one of the fathers of the independence of our dear country, I give myself the duty to address the Congolese people, at this moment when the Democratic Republic of Congo goes through a decisive period that consists in safeguarding the sovereignty of the hard-won people, and during this month of January, where the memories of our martyrs of independence and democratic freedom crystallise, which receive the constant and repeated homage of the Congolese people, especially on the 4th, 16th and 17th of January.

    Let us remember then of our martyrs who sanctify the struggle for independence and for democratic freedom, Patrice Lumumba, Maurice Mpolo, Joseph Okito and later, Laurent-Désiré Kabila.

    At the beginning of 2018, it is my real duty to extend my best wishes for peace, good health and prosperity to all Congolese and Congolese in general, and PALU activists, in particular.

    The Democratic Republic of Congo has had a painful year 2017, having been hit hard by several calamities and several killings, causing several casualties and material damage. I offer my heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and convey my deepest sympathies to the wounded. I remain directly or indirectly alongside all those who have been and are still in mourning and suffering.

    PALU regrets that the exercise of democratic freedom causes loss of life and condemns with the utmost firmness all these barbarous killings and against the elements of the National Police and the armed forces. Freedom of expression is defined by the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states that “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression, which implies the right not to be opinions. Freedom of expression is one of the values ​​for which I sacrificed all my life and all my struggles, and for which so many comrades lost their lives as martyrs.

    In the past, on several occasions, PALU was the victim of such horrors, notably on 29 July 1995, in a peaceful march from the Kimpwanza Roundabout to the People’s Palace, to put pressure on the Government in order to organize the elections. PALU activists, chanting party slogans, were mowed down and slaughtered by the government’s crackdown at the time. We thought that with the beginning of the democratic process in the Congo, violence in politics was over, unfortunately, we regret that the country still relives today the macabre images that we deplore. Too much loss of life by extremist attitudes.

    Using my quality mentioned above, I advise the holders of powers to congratulate the sincerity of the pepper and to be wary of the hypocrisy of sugar. Because, the one who tells you that it is not right, is not your enemy, but a companion with whom one must realize the dreams of a better and prosperous Congo, on the other hand, the man who flatters you tends a net under the feet.

    PALU calls for the protection of the values ​​that underlie democracy and the succession to power must be democratically and peacefully achieved through free elections. PALU condemns any “provocation or incitement to hatred” by calls for malicious acts.

    Any call to hatred is an incitement to violence; and this form of claim is to be banned in political action, especially by those who want to defend the cause of democracy and the rule of law.

    And in this moment of political turbulence and in the face of economic and social difficulties, the people have the right to claim the protection and services of the State. On the other hand, the Government of the Republic has the duties towards the citizens to guarantee them the well-being, the education, the justice, the freedom of expression, the personal security, the socio-economic development.

    Let us not forget that the development of the country remains dependent on national cohesion, fruit of the constant search for consensual solutions to all our differences.

    As for the electoral calendar, you will remember that on August 19, 2017, when I enrolled, I said that the act of voting put the citizen, that is to say the governed, in direct contact. with the political action of governments. Elections remain the only way to access state power. Without elections, all other actions to fight against poverty are ineffective.

    Dear compatriots, activists and activists of PALU,

    As you know, before the publication of the electoral calendar by the CENI on November 5, 2017, I received the delegation of the CENI and I will give them some advice in these terms: “I hope that the date that will be communicated by the CENI will be the last, the Congolese people have waited too long.

    What did I mean by these tips? I wanted to make them understand that my party, PALU and I, will accept the calendar only if it is the last one and that, consequently, we will not be able to support another possible extension, which would take our country 50 years back.

    In my remarks, I especially regretted that the calendar was not done so that the preparations were made according to the will of the Congolese people to avoid them to plunge into a disastrous political crisis.

    Unfortunately, I observe that for several months, the climate has become tense. To this end, PALU, my party, is deeply concerned and concerned by the continuing deterioration of the political situation.

    The opinion must know that PALU has always been with and on the side of the people and it is obvious that the party believes that what the people are asking for is more than legitimate. PALU has always made democracy and elections its battle horse, because as said before, it is the only way to gain access to state power. Thus, the demand of the Congolese people to go to elections as soon as possible is constitutionally legitimate. Any tussle to delay the elections is unacceptable.

    This is why I am asking the CENI to manage the constraints it has raised with the ultimate goal of meeting the deadlines communicated. Constraints must not become obstacles in the process of holding elections. It is advisable for the CENI to harmonize and validate each stage of the organization of elections with the various stakeholders (Government, Political Parties, Parliament, Civil Society) and partners (MONUSCO and friendly countries).

    I hope that the year 2018 will be the year of free and peaceful elections, the end of the political quarrel, the end of promises without a future.

    Whatever our opinions, whatever our disagreements, cultivate tolerance.

    Dear compatriots, activists and activists of PALU,

    In the recent past, electoral calendars with several constraints, which had been the subject of several tugging, ended up being not executed, with the result that the elections were postponed indefinitely, notwithstanding the payment of deposits and deposit of applications. This is what PALU can no longer tolerate.

    After the publication of the electoral calendar by the CENI, on November 5, 2017, several political and social actors made various observations.

    In fact, PALU can not move away from its past political positions and its mission as a fifty-year-old socialist party, but it remains rigorously faithful as the eldest political party in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    In my capacity as mentioned above, while not remaining faithful to the New Year’s Eve Agreement, PALU and I note that the tripartite established this Agreement, as a framework of evaluation of electoral process, no longer inspires confidence for certain partners from the political opposition.

    That is why, in the search for solutions to the issues raised by the Calendar published by the CENI, since the CENI, has, within it, a traditional mechanism of consultation with the parties in order to obtain from each a commitment firm (Government, Parliament, Technical and Financial Partners, Political Parties, Civil Society).

    Recognize that a credible and peaceful election is a function of a relaxed political environment.

    It is therefore more than time to perform the desired actions. Maintaining a tense current environment would be a red ink used by the power in place to erase its own positive pages from history.

    With regard to the electoral law, several opinions were issued. The PALU party on the left sees that the law establishes social discrimination based on capital, ie money. But, PALU bows before the will of the legislator. Because this law is voted and published it has the merit of being there to finally bring us to the elections expected by our people.

    However, as currently the financial resources of political parties come mainly from the contributions of members, contributions and donations made by natural or legal persons, PALU will propose the revision of the law on political parties concerning the provisions relating to their financing. This funding will be awarded on the basis of cumulative criteria based on the electoral threshold and the results of parliamentary elections. Dear compatriots, activists and activists of PALU.

    We are going to elections. As I had to say in the previous messages, I would be delighted to see the PALU assume the imperium of power, in my lifetime, in order to make the Democratic Republic of Congo not a virgin forest where the jungle reigns, or the big trees take all the rainwater, but rather a botanical garden where all the plants have the same chance of being watered.

    As you can see, PALU has big ambitions. PALU will present the candidates for election at all levels, as I said on August 22, 2015. This calls on the internal level of the party, the vitalisation of our party activities through the revitalisation of our basic cells, the collection conditions including the special election fee, which I am deciding today its official launch under the supervision of the Permanent Secretary of the party. on these points, I ask each general councillor in his zone of influence to really get to work, because we evaluate each one on the basis of the results he will make, in the materialisation of his vision of a bipartite democracy (Left Right) and the regrouping of the Left forces, PALU will, from this day, consult with a view to federating around him, the Living Forces of the Nation; youth associations, peasant associations, Left political forces to make socialism triumph in the next elections.

    I conclude my remarks by reiterating my homage to the freedom fighters, Patrice Emery Lumumba and his companions in misfortune, Maurice Mpolo and Joseph Okito, all victims of political intolerance, savagely murdered on January 17, 1961. I wish you all the best. that the Congolese youth appropriates the Lumumbist ideal to build the future of the Congo, always more beautiful.

    Long live the Democratic Republic of Congo

    Long live the Congolese left

    Long live the PALU

    The people will win!

    The Secretary General Party Leader (PALU)

    Antoine Gizenga

    Joram Jojo

    winning ticket of the MP in central Kasaï

    Pilgrim’s Staff in hand, this National Deputy, President of the ACO and tenor of the MP set sail for Likasi, in Upper Katanga. This, after having supported and weighed all his weight for the victory of Denis Kambayi and Manix Kabwanga, winning ticket of the MP in central Kasaï and obtained a victory for his political family. On January 17, Patrice Emery Lumumba’s memorial day, Patrick Bologna preferred to share his day with his companions. The city of Likasi has thus experienced a rich day with this eminent member of the Political Bureau of the Presidential Majority. According to information received from local sources, it has been well received by the inhabitants who have been provided with the flags of the Avenir du Congo party throughout its journey on foot like the size of a true troop leader. The Honorable Patrick Bologna sensitized on the electoral law while explaining the advantages it presents. And, moreover, he reassured that the ACO, the party he oversees, will pull out of the game.

    Being a member of the MP, the Future of Congo -ACO- reiterates its support for President Joseph Kabila Kabange, the guarantor of peace in the free, democratic, transparent elections credible and acceptable to all, confirmed the number 1 of ACO. Patrick Bologna, the ACO’s national president, welcomed as a big man and stirred up a lot of excitement in the room when he reassured that by the end of the 2018 elections, the ACO will come out great and be respected by everyone. It should be noted that it is the federal committee of Haut Katanga headed by Eugene Kasato who welcomed him from Kolwezi.


    Would the Presidential Majority have finally found his Florent Ibenge? Asked, there are hardly a few moons, a sister. This, following the high hierarchy of the political family of the Head of State who had the idea, considered brilliant, to put Bologna on the front line, as for the folder of the race for the provincial executive seats, there where Governors were ejected.

    To return, in fact, in the race for the election of the provincial governor of Kasaï Central, the presidential majority had sent a strong delegation to provide moral support, thanks to the presence of his representatives, Denis Kambayi, candidate governor provincial, and his running mate Manix Kabuanga, candidate vice-governor. The mission accomplished for the delegation led by Patrick Bologna managed to win the winning ticket of the Presidential Majority, Denis Kambayi-Manix Kabuaya who finally won the prize.

    Yesterday, again, the man came down to take office, to preside over the destiny of this new province of Kasai Central.

    Patrick Bologna had already achieved a first mission with the election of Jean Bamanisa Saïdi at the head of the former Province Orientale, before confirming with the difficult accession of Constant Lomata at the head of the executive of the province of Tshopo . Thus observers of the Congolese political scene note that the number one of Aco is on the rise. After Ituri, the latter will have to set the course, except unforeseen, to Orientale Province.

    Joram Jojo

    matadiens woke up shocked to find that their city has lost its beauty

    Over the days otherwise, years, matadiens woke up shocked to find that their city has lost its beauty of yesteryear. Every day that passes and every year that passes, this city, silent as a cat, is rapidly transforming itself into a big village. A situation that makes the lippe to the matadiennes purebred.

    It is in sorrow, sadness and tears coupled with great bitterness that Matadians have completed 2017 and started this new year which they consider catastrophic for their city especially as it seems martyred and stricken. The torrential and torrential rains that fall on the city prove that Matadi is dying. The damage is always huge. Victim of the laissez-faire and resigned candidate to a planned disappearance, the city of Matadi has no reference. To his desolate face, his road has never reassured. This gives insomnia to the population of this large village of 3 communes where promiscuity is sickening.

    Whether in the city center or across all three municipalities, traffic is not easy. Water stagnates, and dust and mud stick together everywhere. The arteries, streets and avenues are broken if not in constant deterioration. From the Stade roundabout to the Belvédère roundabout or from the Stade roundabout to the Minkondo roundabout via the Kasu mountain, becomes very difficult.

    In the city, stalls and pedestrians, splashed at the passage of each vehicle, compete for the road because sidewalks have become stalls. Always in the city, the arteries are all collapsed, except Major Vangu Avenue rehabilitated by Fuka Unzola then provincial governor. Some others like Kinkanda, the plain at Damar (PP) Garage TP, etc., have turned into marigots, while that of the Railway Station to the hotel that bears the same name and that which goes from the City of the train station at Poto-Poto Avenue, itself in destruction too, are real trails.

    The municipality of Nzanza formerly “molakisi”, escapes the neglect and abandonment settled. From the roundabout to Camp Thys (Banana now) becomes an obstacle course. Because the Avenue Nouvelle is cut at the risk of swallowing some houses at Boba Bar. Cars have since deserted her; to reach the Banana district at the Pompage Market becomes very acrobatic.

    Cars and motorcycles jolts and esquintent whereas towards the Eighties one could easily roll on this section until arriving in city by passing by the social circle of Onatra, the Camp of the Policemen Onatra via Hotel Elida and former landing stage ( Libongo). Note that the Onatra Social Circle which was a beautiful recreational and educational setting is no longer accessible. Only buildings remained.

    In the municipality of Nzanza still, the road of 27 October built by the former governor Fuka Unzola decays and narrows without moving anyone. As if to say: “die and you will go to heaven”. The Moanda Avenue linking this commune of Nzanza to that of Mvuzi and Matadi from the Hotel Solebo, or triangle, is full of big potholes and can at any time separate these 3 communes. It only takes a small amount to stop traffic. Especially when at each rainfall water accumulates for a long time making the roads impassable and unhealthy.

    Will he have to wait for men like Fuka Unzola to have Matadi put on his new dress as the capital of Kongo Central province? The mandate of Floribert Mbatshi Batshia at the head of the governorate would somewhat change the image of this city with the embellishment of the roundabouts in addition to the rehabilitation of some road infrastructure here and there. And after ? It is the expectation and the status quo. Quid?

    Joram Jojo

    Bishop Marcel Utembi Tapa, draws the attention of the Bishops to the march announced for the 21st of January

    The President of CENCO dismisses any ambiguity regarding the initiatives of the Laïc Coordination Committee. With regard, for example, to the march announced for the 21st of January, Bishop Marcel Utembi Tapa, draws the attention of the Bishops to the attitude to be adopted in the different dioceses. Concretely, while recognising the right of the laity to organise themselves at their level, he asks the Bishops, however, not to become directly involved in the action. Therefore, according to him, it belongs to each diocese to see how to accompany the laity who subscribe freely to this initiative so that they remain in the dynamics of two last Communiques of the CENCO as well as that of the Apostolic Nuncio. In any case, “the CENCO should not take responsibility for the organisation of this march,” he insists, in this letter dated January 15, 2018, a copy of which was intercepted yesterday, late at night , on the Web.

    Joram Jojo


    Located in the former administrative district of Bas-Fleuve, the Rural Health Zone (ZSR) of Inga is located in the Territory of Seke-Banza. Part of the “Au Matadi Matadi to Inera on the road Matadi – Kinzau Mvuete, it serves a population estimated at 91.539 inhabitants spread over an area of ​​1.620 km2. Lufu and Isangila are the two Sectors that the Health Zone administers. Deprived of a reference general hospital, the Inga ZSR supervises some six (6) reference structures including the Snel / Inga Hospital, the Vunda Reference Health Centers, Nsanda, Kimvuza, Kuakua and Kindamvu Saka.

    For many years, this Health Zone has been dealing with several diseases, the most prominent of which are onchocerciasis and malaria. His Zone Chief Medical Officer (MCZ) met in Nsanda, during our visit to Inga, hinted that as a Health Zone, his team really has some work to do. “We have a lot of things to do with the health of the community. We supervise the basic structures that bring us problems that we analyse before considering solutions for those for whom we can find solution, otherwise, we report to the hierarchy, “he says.

    While Kongo Central Province is generally a malaria-endemic region, Inga’s ZSR is known to be known as Onchocerciasis, a parasite caused by a worm that infects the eye. Already when you cross the Marshal Bridge, if you are a stranger, you can not support the area with the nuisance of vectors that carry the germs causing the disease called Onchocerciasis. Eradicating today this old disease is difficult, says the MCZ, Dr. Alex Muizila.

    But thanks to several partners, the coordination of Inga’s ZSR still receives support in terms of medicines. And it is once a year that the latter carries out a vast campaign of distribution of masses of drugs. Only by taking these products can we prevent any possible long-term complications that could be caused by onchocerciasis. Of these complications the MCZ cited blindness or transformation of the skin into “lizard skin”. Fortunately, the community itself, through the community relays, has appropriated this activity.

    In relation to malaria, there is SANRU with funding from the Global Fund that supports the Inga ZSR. This is done through BDOM / Boma. Most recently, the free distribution campaign for insecticide-treated mosquito nets has gone through the two sectors of Lufu and Isangila, with a total of 210 villages.


    In general, Inga’s ZSR faces a number of challenges. What serious problems reported in this Health Zone! Apart from the two mentioned diseases, there are others of waterborne origin. In the Isangila Sector, for example, almost the entire population lacks toilets. When this population defecates in the open, after the rain, everything flows into the rivers while the inhabitants of these villages do not have drinking water. And it is these rivers that collect all the waste from everywhere that the community takes for drinking water, cooking, etc.

    In addition, the Sector of Isangila is almost inaccessible during the rainy season. The coordination of Inga’s ZSR is extremely difficult to access because of the lack of an appropriate vehicle. The roads are defective, he needs a 4X4 jeep in very good condition in some places. The vehicle received from the Global Fund is already tired, if not amortized after long serving. Obviously, a real need for staffing rolling stock arises in this Health Zone.

    The amortised vehicle of the Inga ZSR

    This ZSR has a total of 6 supervisors with only 2 motorcycles. But for more efficiency in the work, the ideal would be that each supervisor has his bike. The ZS was born from the Seke-Banza Mother Zone. In the past, the entire Seke-Banza Territory had only one Health Zone; but the territory being so vast, it was simply cut up. Thus, there is now the Inga ZSR among the 31 ZS Kongo Central abounds.

    The MCZ, Dr. Alex Muizila continues to make his many calls to politico-administrative authorities that he invites to sensitise the community so that at least each house has its hygienic facilities. This would help the population to prevent waterborne diseases.

    Joram Jojo

    the commemoration of the 57th anniversary of the assassination of the National Hero, Patrice Emery Lumumba

    On the occasion of the commemoration of the 57th anniversary of the assassination of the National Hero, Patrice Emery Lumumba, with his companions Joseph Okito and Maurice Mpolo, Wednesday, January 17, 2018, Lambert Mende Omalanga, Moral Authority of the Convention of the United Congolese, political party close to the presidential Majority in the Democratic Republic chaired a political morning that brought together the cadres and activists of the party but also, distinguished guests, namely Mr. Kilolo UDECO and Jean-Claude Baende, Honorary Governor of the ex. Province of Ecuador. Two events in one demonstration, the colourful ceremony also allowed the moral authority in the presence of the national president Omer Muswanza, to proceed with the inauguration of the new headquarters of the party, located on Ndjombo Avenue, in Commune of Ngiri-Ngiri.

    The ceremony quickly turned into a masterful or academic session in light of the muscular speech pronounced by Mende. In a firm tone, the Moral Authority of the CCU responded, step by step, to the recent declarations at the summit of the Catholic Church, which has branded the Congolese leaders mediocre who must clear. According to him, in fact, 57 years later, the DRC remains stuck today to the eddies caused by some political and social actors, and not least, in the service of a quadrant of men of influence of the old colonial metropolis on the sidelines of the democratic procedures traced sovereignly by the Congolese. He began by retracing the genesis or origin of the highlights that led Patrice Emery Lumumba to assassination because, he said, taxed by the same ones who have the same sophist, paternalistic and contemptuous rhetoric that made Patrice Lumumba a dangerous communist and defined this political doctrine by true terrifying legends. And to continue, that such legends have made possible the suicidal and fratricidal behavior like this Congolese platoon commanded by two Belgian NCOs who pulled the trigger to kill Patrice Emery Lumumba on January 17, 1961 in Shilatembo near Lubumbashi in Upper Katanga. More curious than it may seem, exclaims Mende, those who delivered Lumumba calling him not only communism, but also, he established a spirit of hegemony stating that your wife is the wife of everyone , your bike is the bike of everyone, starts today, to the acense in speeches pronounced the day of its commemoration in the Cathedral Notre Dame of Congo. “These prophets he calls false but full of talent begin to pledge allegiance to a small country like Belgium with the intention of destabilizing the Congo. For Mende Omalanga, one has the impression that these people in search of shortcuts to the prebends and the power and especially for their mentors in Belgium, the Congolese are only the malleable flesh and malleable at will. “It is not an exaggeration to say that they have, so to speak, sold their souls to these powerful interest groups, who seem not to want elections that they would not be able to control at best. their own special agendas, ‘argues Mende.

    Nothing decrying in Pastor Ekofo’s speech

    On another note, Minister Mende said he found nothing disparaging in the words of Pastor François Ekofo at the Protestant Centenary Cathedral during the commemoration of Mzee Kabila’s 17th birthday, unlike those who believed that the pastor fired red on the power of Kinshasa, like Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo. “The DRC today is confronted with a veritable revisionist offensive by these nostalgic forces to which the preacher of the Protestant centenary temple has asked from the altar to leave the Congo in the hands of the Congolese. Indeed, the spokesman of the government wishes that the Congolese can put an end to the cultivation of the outstretched hand. Moreover, to avoid the desires of all sides, he advocates military services to all young people who complete their studies and this, like Israel. In the end, the CCU puts within the scope of the Republic its program of action which revolves around 6 (six) essentials namely:

    The revival of national production. Therefore, there must be reconciliation of the men and women of the Congo with the work and make them give up the culture of least effort and hand outstretched.
    The defense of national interests against and against external lusts that take forms sometimes insidious.
    Responsible Citizenship is a nationalist state of mind that qualifies the effects on the mental universe that seeks to create the media hype of negative international forces that have since time immemorial have caused all kinds of suffering to Congolese. In particular, the hands cut, the chicotte, the chores, the cases Lumumba, Kimpa Vita, Mzee Kabila, etc.
    All these points

    In addition to the aspects mentioned above, it was also advocated, the mastery of science and technology to enable the country to be competitive and not dependent, the unconditional promotion of the national sovereignty of the DRC suffering from Congo-bashing , the fight against the antialoreurs, the revisionism and the chaos that make a number of southern countries go round in circles.

    Joram Jojo

    the European Parliament has taken a new resolution against President Joseph Kabila

    At the dawn of the march of Sunday, December 21, 2018, yesterday, the European Parliament has taken a new resolution against the power of Kinshasa. The resolution is addressed specifically to President Joseph Kabila, Prime Minister Bruno Tshibala and the two Houses of Parliament. Release of prisoners of conscience. Safe and unconditional return of opponents in exile. Opening of an investigation into the repression of the demonstration of 31 December. Opening of an investigation by the ICC and the UN on FIDH allegations about the crimes against humanity in Kasai allegedly committed by the security forces. The deepening of targeted sanctions, if no significant progress is made in the search for a peaceful solution to the crisis, against the Congolese authorities who obstruct the electoral process and who violate human rights. The subordination of EU funding to the electoral process to the publication of a realistic budget by the CENI. Here, in a few sentences, the main lines of this new bomb dropped on Kinshasa by Brussels.

    After the sanctions targeted and maintained despite the recommendations of the DRC at the EU-AU summit, the regional organisation of the old continent remains on a cavalier pitch towards the Congolese authorities. More than one fact, more than one report, would justify this posture, according to political analysts and other observers.

    The crisis continues in the DRC

    If time has the answer to everything, as a well-known saying goes, the Democratic Republic of Congo gives it is quite different. Yes. From 2016 to date, nearly two years and a new year being shipped can be seen. However, the political-electoral crisis born at the end of 2016 with the postponement of elections while President Kabila was coming to the end of his second and final constitutional mandate, continues. The New Year’s Eve Agreement, one year after it was signed on December 31, 2016, will have provided only a small step forward, if not the status quo. Because, indeed, said December 31, it is clashes, as December 19, 2016 which were recorded. And, as a balance sheet, some lives mown. Worse, places of worship have been invaded and desecrated by armed men. Hence, of course, a Catholic-Power Church struggle was born with the first peak of tension in 2018 this Sunday.

    Warning shot

    Speaking to a few days, 3 to 4, the resolution of the European Parliament sounds like a warning shot against Kinshasa. Who, this Sunday, January 21, 2018, will manage the peaceful march of Christians always called by the Lay Committee of Coordination. The last attempt of the CLC had, indeed, ended in an unhappy note. Moreover, the application of the New Year’s Eve Agreement, which is the central object of the CLC event, is, in globo, what the European Union recommends with the battery of requests that it formulates. Especially with regard to the easing and smooth running of the electoral process. Brandishing carrot and whip, the EU promises sanctions ” against the Congolese authorities who hinder the electoral process and who violate human rights ”.

    Joram Jojo

    Congo DRC, Launches a response plan for the year 2018, for girls and sons of the Republic

    To help Congolese living in difficult conditions throughout the national territory. It is in this perspective that the Prime Minister of DRC Congo, Bruno Tshibala, who leads the current National Union Government, signed on December 31, 2016, officially launched this Thursday, January 18, 2018, from the Memling Hotel in Kinshasa, an updated humanitarian response plan for the year 2018, for girls and sons of the Republic, estimated at 13.1 million people involved in humanitarian assistance to the country. This 2017-2019 humanitarian response plan was developed by humanitarian actors involved in R & D. Congo, under the coordination of the OCHA / DRC Office. According to Bruno Tshibala, humanitarian assistance aims to save lives, but also to alleviate the suffering of those affected. beneficiaries

    For the year 2018, this humanitarian response plan estimates that 13.1 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in R & D. Congo. In this batch, the country’s Humanitarian Community estimates that there are nearly 7.7 million children, with 6.8 million women. But then, starting from this humanitarian response plan, only 10.5 million people will be targeted by the said humanitarian community at first. These are considered the most vulnerable and will need to be helped quickly.

    In any case, all these estimates come from the update of the 2017-2019 Humanitarian Response Plan, whose needs for 2018 have been revised upwards based on the analyzes and trends that emerged from the update of the Overview of Humanitarian Needs.


    In any case, perfect may it be, no matter its purpose, it will be necessary to recognize that no project can be realized without a substantial bottom. In this logic, the amount required for 2018 humanitarian assistance in R & D. Congo, is summarized in a budget valued at 1.68 billion US dollars.

    This budget, it is learned, has been established following a multi-sectoral approach to this assistance. In addition, this budget undoubtedly corresponds to the sum of humanitarian assistance costs for each strategic objective targeted by the humanitarian community. Bruno Tshibala is delighted to see the humanitarian community taking R & D into account. Congo, by increasing the financing of humanitarian actions on Congolese soil, bringing it to the “unedited” sum of 1.68 billion US dollars.


    Indeed, this humanitarian response plan from 2017 to 2019, continues in total, four ” strategic objectives ” well defined. It is a question of immediately improving the living conditions of the people affected by the crisis and, as a priority, the most vulnerable, to protect those people affected by the crisis and to guarantee them respect for human rights, to fight excess mortality and over-morbidity people affected by the crisis, and also to provide them with rapid, effective and accountable humanitarian action towards the affected populations, in accordance with humanitarian principles and standards.


    In the presence of the Coordinator of Humanitarian Actions and Representative of the UN Secretary General in R & D. Congo, various Ambassadors and Heads of Diplomatic Missions, and Representatives of International and National Organizations in R & D. In Congo, more precisely at the Virunga lounge of the sumptuous Memling hotel, Bruno Tshibala hailed this work, while inviting all these humanitarian actors working in R & D. Congo, under the coordination of the Office OCHA / DRC to make good use of this updated humanitarian response plan, in its operational planning.

    He has, moreover, testified to the good faith of his Government, to respect all his obligations in the realization of this updated Humanitarian Response Plan, which he himself has launched in the country of Mzee Laurent Désiré Kabila, but also, that of Emery Patrice Lumumba.

    “The humanitarian needs facing the DRC are enormous, it is necessary to strengthen the coordination of interventions and support in the context of humanitarian aid to the affected population,” he said, substantially.

    Joram Jojo

    Nestle SA closes its plant and its activities in DRC Congo

    To inquire about the real causes of the sudden announcement made by Nestle SA about the closure of its plant and its activities in DRC Congo on January 30, the Government of the Republic wanted, through its technical structure in charge of improving the business climate and investment promotion ANAPI, get all the details relating to it that could allow the Government to better support the Nestle SA company currently in difficulty, with the hope of seeing it back on its decision.

    It is in this context that a delegation of DRC Congo, led by the Director General of the National Agency for the Promotion of Investments, Mr. Anthony Nkinzo Kamole, carried out, from 09 to 12 January 2018, an official mission in Nairobi, Kenya, to the Regional Directorate for Africa Equatorial Nestle, to realise the decision that has been the subject of various interpretations in both national and international opinion. It is also an opportunity to present to Nestle the various palliative measures that DRC Congo grants to the various companies in difficulty, as well as the will of the Government to accompany Nestle in the recovery of its activities.

    The delegation of DRC Congo was composed of the representatives of the Presidency of the Republic, the Ministry of Planning and, of course, ANAPI’s CEO, Anthony Nkinzo.

    The Congolese side was received on January 10, 2018 by Mr. Cornel KRUMMENACHER, Director General of the Regional Office of Equatorial Africa, and Mr. Kamil MUSTAFA YILMAN, the Finance Director.

    Among the reasons behind this decision, Nestlé officials at the regional level discussed: (i) the change in the multinational’s business model, (ii) the Lufu phenomenon, (iii) the low purchasing power average Congolese, (iv) high operational costs (importation of inputs, salt, etc.), (v) complex taxation and parafiscal taxation.

    After more than two hours of discussions during which the DG of ANAPI, supported by the Presidents of the Presidency and the Plan, presented to the Nestlé Company the various legal incentives provided by the DRC for companies in particular difficulties, the rescue of companies in difficulty, the strategic partnership, the Code of Investments, the collaboration agreements and cooperation projects, the Finance Act, etc.

    The following guarantees were obtained from Nestlé: (i) The Nestlé Company has not left the DRC where it continues to have a large network of distributors, (ii) the acquisition of the Nestlé plant by a local partner who will co-produce with her (Nestlé) Nutripak and Nido milk in accordance with the Nestlé rules under strict quality control of a consultant strictly dependent on Nestlé, (iii) the transfer of a few employees to these suppliers to guarantee employment to nationals (iv) the observation by the society of the evolution of the economic situation of the country (macroeconomic indicators, etc.) which will enable society to evaluate their decision to return to the country. Nestlé reassured the Congolese party of its interest in the DRC.

    In the same vein, the Government has lifted the option of getting closer to all companies in difficulty with a view to solid government support to enable them, among other things, to benefit from the numerous advantages offered by the Democratic Republic of Congo, following laws and regulations.

    In another register, the Director General of ANAPI, Mr. Anthony Nkinzo Kamole, took advantage of his visit to Nairobi to make a courtesy visit to the Kenya Investment Authority: “Kenya Investment Authority”, where he received by his Kenyan counterpart, Dr. Moses M. IKIARA.

    The two managers of the investment promotion agencies have spent a lot of time discussing various topics, including the strategies to be put in place to attract investment in Africa, the change in the business model of most multinationals, the mutual cooperation between the agencies promoting two countries and the need for sharing experiences.

    Joram Jojo

    The solution to the Congolese crisis is not military, but politica

    The solution to the Congolese crisis is not military, but political, “said MONUSCO’s commander-in-chief of MONUSCO peacekeepers Lieutenant-General Derrick Mgwebi on Friday. He spoke out on the means and strategies to end the activities of armed groups east of the DRC for the long term, during his last press conference with Congolese media professionals. The South African Lieutenant-General is coming to the end of his tenure as head of the UN Mission Force in the DRC.

    For him, military efforts on the ground in the DRC must be supported by political efforts.

    The various militias operating in the Congo operate on ethnic bases: the case of the Mai-Mai Nyatura group, which defends the interests of Hutus and the Kamwina Nsapu militia based in the Kasai region, opposed in particular to the “Bana Mura”, said Lieutenant General Mgwebi.

    A day earlier, he pointed out that the security instability seen in several DRC provinces is “the work of some politicians in one way or another,” insisting that “armed conflicts are fueled by political conflict. “

    Lieutenant-General Derrick Mbuyiselo Mgwebi then recommended the opening of the political space, the application of restraint measures and advocated for freedom of expression.

    “Dismayed” by the assassination of peacekeepers

    On the subject of the assassination of fifteen Tanzanian peacekeepers in Semuliki (Beni), Lieutenant-General Derrick Mgwebi says he is “dismayed” by this heavy sentence.

    “Frustrated, no because it was not a personal matter. Dismayed by the heavy loss that affected Tanzanian peacekeepers who came to help the Congolese end a conflict where they were not belligerent, yes, “said the outgoing commander of the MONUSCO force.

    Lieutenant-General Derrick Mgwebi said he was satisfied with his work at the helm of the MONUSCO Force. He invited the Congolese to more introspection:

    “I did my part, I do not pretend to have accomplished everything. The problems of the DRC date back to 1960, and you can see how the time has passed between 1960 and now. It is up to the Congolese people to ask themselves great questions, among other things, why persist in this way, which Congo would we bequeath to future generations. “

    Of South African nationality, Lieutenant General Derrick Mbuyiselo Mgwebi officially took office on 1 February 2016.

    Joram Jojo

    big bandits who spread terror in Lubumbashi and Kolwezi

    The governor of Lualaba province, Richard Muyej, castigates the informal erection of a city called “Kafwaya” on the axis Tenke Fungurume. Whole families are settled there and live in promiscuity within shelters built in tarpaulins. For him, this place has become a landmark of big bandits who spread terror in Lubumbashi and Kolwezi.

    Richard Muyej was one of his “fears about the flow of young people and families from other provinces who seem to be moving anarchistic-ally on privately managed spaces”; hinting at the Tenke Fungurume space.

    “All those who beat Lubumbashi in Kolwezi will take refuge in this site. You imagine on less than one square kilometre, there are 160 brothels built in tarpaulins. It looks like hell, “he said, lamenting the cases of theft and robbery.

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