Congo delays vote on electoral law, West urges revisions

Democratic Republic of Congo’s Senate has delayed until Friday a vote on changes to the electoral law after calls from Western powers to withdraw or alter the proposed bill, which has sparked days of violent protests. The new legislation calls for a census before elections due next year. President Joseph Kabila’s allies say the move is necessary to update voter lists, but critics say it is a ploy to allow him to remain in office beyond the period of his final term. The capital was largely quiet on Thursday but…

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DR Congo unrest: Catholic church backs protests

The Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo has thrown its weight behind protests against President Joseph Kabila extending his rule. It called on people to peacefully oppose his move to delay presidential elections until a census is held. At least 11 people have so far been been killed in the protests. It is the worst unrest in the capital, Kinshasa, since the riots which broke out after Mr Kabila won a second term in disputed elections in 2011. Mr Kabila, who first took power in 2001 following the…

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The Global African Investment Summit

Letter to the Global African Investment Summit The Global African Investment Summit Savoy Hotel –London, UK, 20-21 OctoberSeptember 28, 2014. Re: Protest Against Torture, Murder and Disappearance of Rwandans inside and outside the country We welcome your decision to host the Global African Investment Summit this October on 20-21 in London. While the Summit is an important step in building a platform to bring together both public and private sectors, we understand that this summit will be blessed by some African Heads of State including President Paul Kagame of Rwanda.…

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“People shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people”

By Jennifer Fierberg In a recent four day trip to Washington DC, meetings and interviews filled my schedule during the US African Leader Summit. Fifty heads of state from Africa descended upon DC to discuss topics of growth, infrastructure, food security, trade and various other political topics. President Obama made it clear that there would be no private meetings between himself and any of these dignitaries. President Obama did make the following statement in regards to the event: “I do not see the countries and peoples of Africa as a…

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WASHINGTON DC: ANTI-KAGAME RALLY AT THE WHITE HOUSE

Rwandan, Burundian and Congolese opposition political parties and civil society organizations operating in the United States of America have pooled their efforts together to denounce Kagame’s visit to the White House.   One may wonder how did this renowned criminal -also known as the African Hitler- end up on the Obama’s guest list. Paul Kagame’s human rights abuses, his dictatorship against the Rwandan people, his criminal record in Rwanda and abroad are not consistent with the American values and ideals.  In many regards, Paul Kagame is worse than Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe…

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