LONDON, United KingdomThe United Kingdom is backing the World Health Organisation’s (WHO’s) Regional Preparedness Plan to support nine countries at high risk of receiving cases of Ebola from their neighbour, the Democratic Republic Congo (DRC). UK aid’s £1.5m of support will enable WHO to support countries with prevention, detection and containment of Ebola and other deadly diseases. It will also help important work being done at the community level, such as working with traditional healers, health workers and religious leaders around issues including safe and dignified burials. This will lead to an increased number of referrals of those with symptoms in harder to reach areas. This new funding will help stop the immediate spread of the current DRC outbreak as well as build lon
KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo Human rights watch has expressed concern over government repression in the Democratic Republic of Congo six months before scheduled elections that has heightened concerns of wide spread political violence. On June 23rd, 2018, the Catholic Church’s Lay Coordination Committee (CLC) said in a letter to the African Union that it was preparing new protests and described a “total crisis of confidence” in the electoral process and the risks of “a certain and generalized chaos.” Concerned governments and regional bodies should increase pressure on President Joseph Kabila and other senior officials to take urgent steps to enable free and fair elections before year’s end. Over the past three years, Congo’s ruling People’s Party for Reconstr
GENEVA, Switzerland The President of the Team of International Experts Bacre Waly Ndiaye has expressed sadness towards the disastrous situation that has claimed the lives of several thousands of people and the continuous rage in the Kansai region. The experts believed that following an upsurge in violence, which has swept the Kasai region since 2016, civilian killings, including children, and atrocities – such as mutilations, rapes and other forms of sexual violence, torture and exterminations – were committed in a generalized and systematic fashion, constituting crimes against humanity. “It is high time for justice to put an end to impunity if we do not want the ethnic dimension of the conflict to worsen,” he said. The experts revealed that two years after the conflict began,
GENEVA, SwitzerlandA total of 55 cases of Ebola have been recorded during the current outbreak of the often-deadly viral infection and 28 people have died, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Ebola is endemic in DRC and has been identified there nine times, since 1976. Before the current outbreak in Equateur Province, the most recent episode of the disease was in 2017, in northern Likati province. Four people died and four survived, according to WHO. Spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic said that the development was an “important step” but “it is not the end”. “We are cautiously confident regarding the situation and know that a continued aggressive response is required,” he said, adding that “experience has shown us that it only takes one case to set off a fast-moving o
KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of CongoThe Congolese Rugby Federation has decided to launch an innovative experience to attract players to the sport as an extension of the Get into Rugby scheme, which has already seen success in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, especially in Kinshasa. The initiative is called Foot-Rugby, which combines football training (for one hour) with one hour of rugby. The same team gets together to play their usual sport and to try out rugby. In the end, the players who find that they have a skill for rugby will be sure to stick with rugby and other players will be able to carry on with their original sport. This experience will be followed by Basket-Rugby, Volleyball-Rugby, Handball and athletics FECORUGBY has already signed up 123 young people ...
LUBUMBASHI, Democratic Republic of CongoGécamines together with its subsidiary Société immobilière du congo (“SIMCO”), and Katanga mining limited with some of its affiliated companies (the “KATANGA GROUP”) and Kamoto copper company (“KCC”), have signed a settlement agreement. Under the terms of the Agreement,the companies targeted goals included KCC’s net equity will be restored in accordance with applicable laws, KCC’s indebtedness towards the GLENCORE group will be reduced from 9 billion USD down to 3.45 billion USD as at 1st January 2018, Interest rates applicable on intra-group loans are revised and shall no longer exceed 6% per year, On the basis of KCC’s current business plan, as early as the 2019 fiscal year, GÉCAMINES will start, for the first time, receiving dividends,
KIGALI, RwandaRwanda Rugby Federation (RRF) has announced that this year’s Rugby, Genocide Memorial Tournament (GMT) will take place on June 23rd at the Amahoro national stadium. The competition is the sixth edition of the annual memorial Rugby sevens organised to commemorate victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi who included sports personalities. RRF Secretary General Tharcisse Kamanda said there will be some changes in the number of participating teams which are expected to increase to 12 from eight that participated in last year’s edition and include one from Uganda, one from DRC, . The competition will be exciting for the fans. We have invited one team from Uganda, Mbarara University, as well as Okapi from Goma DRC “The competition will be exciting for t
MBANDAKA, Democratic Republic of Congo The World Food Program has started distributing rations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)'s Ebola hit Equateur Province as part of an effort to support those directly affected by the latest outbreak of the deadly virus and limit risky population movements. Families of Ebola patients discharged from treatment centres, and of those who have had contact with them or suspected victims, are receiving up to three months supplies of cereals and beans delivered by Oxfam, a WFP cooperating partner. A projected 1,000 people are to be immediately assisted. UNICEF is also providing food to those affected. “The combined efforts of the government, the UN and NGOs are winning this battle, as the stemming of the number of Ebola cases shows”,