Aubin Minaku: Brazilian Defender Whose Benchmarks are King Leopold II & President Mobutu

Aubin Minaku is the Speaker of DRC Parliament, the low chamber since 2012. He is a professional lawyer, working on his PhD thesis in the area of international law. A political figure who evolved quickly from expertise to political appointment based on his talents and aptitudes.… Read the rest “Aubin Minaku: Brazilian Defender Whose Benchmarks are King Leopold II & President Mobutu”

Challenges Ahead of Mabunda Lioko: Kabila's Special Advisor on Sexual Violence Eradication

It was on 23/10/2013 during the closure’s speech of National Consultations (Concertations Nationales), that President Joseph Kabila Kabange announced a forthcoming nomination of his special representative/advisor in charge of eradicating sexual violence and child forced enrolment into armed groups. On one hand, the nomination intends to ensure the president that these war crimes and crimes [...]

Who Is Behind Mutarule Massacre: Culture of Impunity or Security Blunder?

 The Mutarule killing, as nth massacres in the region, happened on 6-7/06/2014. In July 2012, in the same village, 5 people were killed during clashes between Bafuliro and Barundi; conflicting over chieftaincy management. The Mutarule killing culminated in 38 deaths including women and children, dozens of injuries, houses were also burnt.… Read the rest “Who Is Behind Mutarule Massacre: Culture of Impunity or Security Blunder?”

I Will No Longer Improve My Lingala Speaking Until Convinced

State interests have to be well considered beyond individuals and particular groups' interests. When state’s interests are mixed up and overwhelmingly dominated by those of some privileged and greedy people; there comes disagreement in terms of qualifying such states. On the other hand, expectations over how states can defend or promote their mutual interests may slightly be [...]

Ntaganda?Katanga?Lubanga?Ngudjolo et Al.: Vanguards from Battlefields to International Criminal Court (ICC)

The ICC has convicted Germain Katanga on 23/05/2014 for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Though the court allows an appeal for this judgment, he got sentenced for 12 years (including those spent in jail in Hague) for crimes committed in Ituri region around 2003.… Read the rest “Ntaganda?Katanga?Lubanga?Ngudjolo et Al.: Vanguards from Battlefields to International Criminal Court (ICC)”

Mothers in DRC: Equally Valuable & Stand for a State Substitute

It may sound as riddle when comparing mother versus the “State”. However, it tends to be clear for anyone familiar with the case of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) if s/he has witnessed a functional state in the proper sense that a “state” can be compared to different things due to the late failure.… Read the rest “Mothers in DRC: Equally Valuable & Stand for a State Substitute”

John Kerry’s Visit to DRC: Hanging the Electoral Process between the Devil and Deep Blue Sea

John Kerry’s Visit to DRC: Hanging the Electoral Process between the Devil and Deep Blue Sea The United States’ Secretary of State has visited the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) last week, on 03-04/05/2014. The purpose of the visit of John Kerry can be summarized as focusing respectively to electoral process and the country’s stability [...]

Procès d’un Viol en Masse à Minova: Test de la Justice sous-Pression Internationale

Le verdict du procès de Minova est tombé hier le 05/05/2014. Il s’agit d’un verdict du procès de viol en masse dans la localité de Minova à quelques kilomètres de Goma. Ces aberrations ont été commises par les militaires de l’Armée Nationale (FARDC) en Novembre 2012 après avoir abandonné la ville de Goma face à [...]

My Vulnerable Voice to John Kerry: If they Can’t Afford, Tell Them to Step Down

The United States Secretary of State John Kerry is visiting Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Angola from 29/04-05/05/2014 as announced by a press release from the State Department. His visit lies within USA efforts to stabilize mostly the great lakes region; reason why the region has recently gained much attention from the international [...]

Security Paradox of Banyamulenge Community: Netherlands Government versus Ubuntu Organization

Safety seems to be among the basic and our daily concerns regardless the place where someone lives. It has to be guaranteed beyond the willingness of security services until it gets embedded into the cohabitation of neighborhood. It must be translated into concrete actions stressing that any failure to obey the laws can be safeguarded [...]

Security Paradox: Banyamulenge in Netherlands Protesting Against a Plan to Return them to Kinshasa/DRC.

Banyamulenge in the Netherlands protested today on 11 April 2014 against a plan to forcibly return them to Kinshasa or others provinces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The demonstration was attended by roughly 150 persons, including women and children, in front of the Immigration Office in The Hague (Rijswijk).… Read the rest “Security Paradox: Banyamulenge in Netherlands Protesting Against a Plan to Return them to Kinshasa/DRC.”

Moise Katumbi Champwe: Exploits et le Dessous des Cartes

  Il est né près du Lac Moero à la frontière entre la Zambie-Zaïre et à sa naissance en 1964, précisément le 28 décembre il s’appelait Moise Soriano. Du nom de son père juif séfarade, Nissim Soriano, l’actuel gouverneur du Katanga est devenu Moise Katumbi Champwe vers les années 70 quand Mobutu bannit les noms [...]

Strong Nation Versus Powerful Individuals: My Favor towards Federalism instead of Decentralization

My experience seems to express that building a strong nation does unnecessarily go through a path of creating powerful individuals. It would sound as a contradiction so long as it is well known that a nation is composed by individuals; hence expecting them to form a coherent nation.… Read the rest “Strong Nation Versus Powerful Individuals: My Favor towards Federalism instead of Decentralization”

Augustin Matata Ponyo Mapon: Les limites d’un Technocrate & l’Appel d’un “Politocrate”

Le domaine politique peut vous avoir surpris tout comme moi dans la mesure où toutes les décisions sont motivées par le positionnement et le reste vient après. Le plus souvent, ce que les ‘politiciens’ vous relatent relève du niveau secondaire, alors que le leitmotiv ne vous sera communiqué tardivement ou à vous de le deviner/ [...]

My Dog Used to Chase Animals: What if it was Trained to Hunt Down Smugglers?

The abiding memory that many would remind, if familiar to my neighboring village places, is that dogs were less valued, sometimes despised. It happened that when someone was called a “dog”, the name was seemingly referring to irresponsibility, weakness, ignorance…, a type of an insult.… Read the rest “My Dog Used to Chase Animals: What if it was Trained to Hunt Down Smugglers?”

Qui de Boshab-Minaku Sera Candidat Présidentiel du PPRD: Joseph Kabila Kabange

 La République Démocratique Du Congo (RDC) est connue pour sa diversité socio-culturelle qui fait que le pays s’apparente à une confédération1. Le pays connaît un grand nombre de partis politiques de la même taille que ses nombres d’ethnies-communautés. Il est, depuis une décennie, dirigé par le Parti du Peuple pour la Reconstruction et la Démocratie [...]

Masque d’un Système Politico-Administratif ‘Fortement Décentralisé’ en RDC : Vulnérabilité des Entités Provinciales

 La République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) est un pays large qui couvre une superficie de 2 345 410 Km2. De la colonisation à nos jours, le pays est passé sous diverses formes politico-administratives. Toutefois, il a eu difficile de faire un pas décisif en matière de gouvernance adaptée à l’étendue de son territoire et à [...]

Clarification on the Article "DRC: A Fragile Community-Based Confederation Undermined by Kinshasa’s Concentration of Power"

 I have received an interesting and constructive comment from one of the blog's reader. The reader was referring to the article “DRC: A Fragile Community-Based Confederation Undermined by Kinshasa’s Concentration of Power”(1)I take the opportunity to thank the reader as he has been among interested readers commenting regularly on articles posted.… Read the rest “Clarification on the Article "DRC: A Fragile Community-Based Confederation Undermined by Kinshasa’s Concentration of Power"”

DRC: A Fragile Community-Based Confederation Undermined by Kinshasa’s Concentration of Power

A confederation can be discussed as a union where states chose to hand over some of their sovereign competences and responsibilities, through international treaty, into the hands of common institutions. As states remain sovereign, decisions within common institutions have to be unanimously agreed.… Read the rest “DRC: A Fragile Community-Based Confederation Undermined by Kinshasa’s Concentration of Power”