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AFRICA: Investor Dan Gertler denies DR Congo laundering claims

AFRICA: Investor Dan Gertler denies DR Congo laundering claims

AFRICA, DRC
Israeli billionaire mining investor Dan Gertler denied on Thursday that he had tried to evade US sanctions in the Democratic Republic of Congo. An investigation by the Platform to Protect Whistleblowers in Africa (PPLAAF) and campaign group Global Witness said he had used a global money laundering network to get around US sanctions and extract mineral wealth from DR Congo. The report by the two rights organisations published on Thursday cited evidence indicating that Gertler had moved millions of dollars through Afriland First Bank’s branch in DR Congo in order to dodge the sanctions. “Gertler appears to have used a money laundering network stretching from Democratic Republic of Congo to Europe and Israel to evade US sanctions against him, funnel millions of dollars abroad, and a...
AFRICA: DRC top cleric says Tshisekedi, Kabila must politically divorce

AFRICA: DRC top cleric says Tshisekedi, Kabila must politically divorce

AFRICA, DRC
The Catholic church in the Democratic Republic of Congo has waded into the political crisis that has gripped the country calling for a divorce between the two coalitions running the affairs of the state. On Tuesday (June 30) Archbishop of Kinshasa, Frindolin Ambongo has called for the dissolution of the political alliance between President Tshisekedi and his predecessor Kabila. The cleric cited mistrust among members of Kabila’s Common Front of Congo, FCC and the president’s Union for Democracy and Social Progress, UPDS. The archbishop called on Catholics to speak out on the issue. He noted the current political tension has been stoked by MPs of former president Joseph Kabila’s Common Front for Congo which has a parliamentary majority. Monsignor Ambongo also accused the presid...
AFRICA: Congo demands for more than an apology over Belgium’s colonial impunity.

AFRICA: Congo demands for more than an apology over Belgium’s colonial impunity.

AFRICA, Belgium, DRC
King Philippe’s ‘regret’ for Belgium’s brutal colonial past received mixed reactions in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In a letter the Monarch addressed to President Félix Tshisekedi on the 60th anniversary of the country’s independence, Philippe expressed unprecedented sorrow for the colonial acts that historians say led to the death of millions of Congolese. On the streets of the capital Kinshasa, views were mixed. Anacelt Tshikunku, a taxi driver is among those that think there is more to be done. “Let all those responsible for the instability in the DRC take the example of Belgium, a former colony that is asking us for forgiveness. They have asked forgiveness from the Congolese people, and all those who destabilise the Congolese people will one day ask forgiveness.” Whi...
AFRICA: Women sue Belgium for colonial-era ‘abduction’ from Congo

AFRICA: Women sue Belgium for colonial-era ‘abduction’ from Congo

AFRICA, Belgium, DRC
Five biracial women born in Congo who were taken away from their Black mothers during Belgian rule have filed a lawsuit for crimes against humanity targeting the Belgian state. With their claim, they hope Belgium will finally recognize its responsibility in the suffering endured by the thousands of biracial children, known as “métis,″ who were snatched away from families and placed in religious institutions and homes. Lea Taveres Mujing is among them: “There is no consideration, there is nothing, nothing. We were dumped like that. After they broke our entire life. We had no adolescence or childhood, there is nothing. “What do we have to give to our children? The children don’t even know where to turn to in case of trouble. We don’t know, we are exhausted.” According to the leg...
AFRICA: Belgian king  deeply regrets colonial injustices in DR Congo.

AFRICA: Belgian king deeply regrets colonial injustices in DR Congo.

AFRICA, DRC
For the first time in Belgium’s history, a reigning king expressed regret Tuesday for the violence carried out by the former colonial power when it ruled over what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In a letter to the president of the DRC, Felix Tshisekedi, which was published on the 60th anniversary of the African country’s independence, Belgium’s King Philippe conveyed his “deepest regrets” for the “acts of violence and cruelty” and the “suffering and humiliation” inflicted on Belgian Congo. “To further strengthen our ties and develop an even more fruitful friendship, we must be able to talk to each other about our long common history in all truth and serenity,” Philippe wrote. Philippe’s letter was sent amid growing demands that Belgium reassess its colonial past. In...
AFRICA: DR Congo independence day under political tensions

AFRICA: DR Congo independence day under political tensions

AFRICA, DRC
The Democratic Republic of Congo Tuesday marks 60 years since its independence from Belgium in 1960. This year’s celebration, however, will not feature pomp and grand military parade as President Félix Tshisekedi dictated the funds be directed in the fight against Covid-19. In a speech broadcast late Monday on state television Tshisekedi said the funds reserved for the festivities would be used to pay and motivate the soldiers involved in the pacification effort in the eastern part of the country and the health personnel engaged in the fight against Covid-19. He also announced that Joseph Kasavubu—Congolese first independent president—had been elevated to the rank of national hero and a town will be named after him. The town, Lumumbaville, in the province of Sankuru, will “hon...
BUSINESS: International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Concludes Visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

BUSINESS: International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Concludes Visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

AFRICA, Business, DRC
The mission welcomes steps taken by the authorities to control expenditures going forward and urges them to step up revenue mobilizationWASHINGTON D.C., United States of America, February 26, 2020/ -- Preliminary data suggests that all quantitative targets and structural benchmark for end-December 2019 under the Staff Monitored Program (SMP) were met. The macroeconomic situation has so far remained relatively stable; However, 2020 budget execution until mid-February raises concerns arising from spending pressures and lackluster revenue, which have resulted in renewed central bank advances to the government and erosion of its foreign reserves; The mission welcomes steps taken by the authorities to control expenditures going forward and urges them to step up revenue mobilization...
HEALTH: WHO say it is running out of funds for handling Ebola epidemic in DRC.

HEALTH: WHO say it is running out of funds for handling Ebola epidemic in DRC.

AFRICA, DRC, HEALTH
The World Health Organization is urgently appealing for $40 million to salvage its operation to bring the Ebola epidemic to an end in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The Ebola operation in eastern DR Congo’s conflict-ridden North Kivu and Ituri provinces is on financial life-support. The World Health Organization reports its coffers will be empty at the end of this month. It is urging donors to step up immediately and contribute the money needed to tackle this virulent disease. WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic says failure to support this operation would be tragic as good progress is being made in containing the Ebola virus. Over the past two months, he says between three and 15 cases of Ebola have been reported each week. This is compared to 120 reported cases of Ebol...