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25 September - 1 October 2015

Weekly Media Monitoring report for The Democratic Republic of Congo
Posted on October 1, 2015

Compiled by Caroline Johnpulle

  1. Elections
  2. Meeting with former M23 Combatants
  3. Call for cooperation between MONUSCO and the FARDC
  4. MONUSCO shaken by two cases of misconduct  

1. Elections
State-owned media

(Agence Congolaise Presse, government-owned news agency, article dated 30 September 2015, in French)

La démission de Moïse Katumbi n’a rien d’étonnant, selon le ministre Lambert Mende Omalanga

  • Moses Katumbi took to twitter his resignation from Joseph Kabila’s party the PPRD. This comes to no surprise by as stated by the Minister of Media, Lambert Mende Omalanga.
  • The announcement came after the dissent of a group of political parties formed, called “G7”, which aims to prevent Kabila from succeeding a third term.
  • Katumbi plans to runs in the upcoming presidential election, backed by the USA.

(Agence Congolaise Presse, government-owned news agency, article dated 1 October 2015, in French)

La Police Nationale Congolaise déterminée à sécuriser les élections selon les régles de l’art

  •  More than 300 officers from the National Congolese Police force will be trained for intervention and security by MONUSCO and the PNC for the upcoming presidential election.

 

Privately-owned media

(Le Potentiel, independent/privately-owned newspaper, article dated 30 September 2015, in French)

RDC-Présidentielle 2016 : Freddy Matungulu rentre samedi 3 octobre 2015 à Kinshasa pour « annoncer sa candidature »

  • Freddy Matungulu will be returning to the DRC to announce his candidacy in the presidential election of November 2016.
  • He will be leading Congo Na Biso (CNB) party.
  • The announcement takes places Kinshasa on October 3, 2015 at 11h00. 

2. Meeting with former M23 Combatants
State-owned media

(Agence Congolaise Presse, government-owned news agency, article dated 25 September 2015, in French)

Le ministre de la Défense nationale rentre à Kinshasa au terme d’une Mission à Kigali

  • The National defense minister, Aimé Ngoie Mukena returned to Kinshasa after participating in a bipartisan meeting on the repatriation of former combatants M23 in Kigali, Rwanda.
  • Officers accompanied him from the FARDC and MONUSCO.

 


3. Call for cooperation between MONUSCO and the FARDC
State-owned media

(Agence Congolaise Presse, government-owned news agency, article dated 30 September 2015, in French)

Le commandant de la force de la MONUSCO pour la reprise de la coopération militaire avec les FARDC

  • Commander of the UN force, General Jean Baillot expressed hope for military cooperation between MONUSCO and the FARDC to neutralize eastern DRC.
  • Following the attack of FARDC positions in Kashebere, MONUSCO patrol intervention force had been deployed. There, APCLS opened fire on the MONUSCO and wounded a peacekeeper.

 

 


4. MONUSCO shaken by two cases of misconduct 
Independent/Private media

(L’Observateur, independent/privately-owned newspaper, article dated 30 September 2015, in French)

La Monusco secouée par deux affaires: Saisie d’armes  et rapatriement de 50 Casques bleus sud-africains pour méconduite

  • Seizure of weapons and drugs by Kenyan Police in a ship chartered by MONUSCO to the DRC. Vessel sported the Norwegian flag with cargo leaving India.
  • Destination of cargo undetermined, however East Africa has become a transit hub for heroin bound for Europe.
  • 50 South African peacekeepers working with MONUSCO in the DRC have been repatriated for disciplinary offence.
  • They are accused of violating curfew by visiting bars frequented by prostitutes in Goma. In 2005, UN banned peacekeepers from having sex with residents due to allegations of sexual abuse. 
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