Joseph Kabila

Western power and press versus Burundi's President Nkurunziza

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza
Should incumbent Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza be allowed to run for election again?  Most Western powers and Western press say no. 

Uganda's Museveni to seek re-election in his 30th year in office

KPFA Weekend News, 04.18.2015

Three presidents in the Great Lakes Region of Africa, Burundi's Nkurunziza, DR Congo's Kabila, and Rwanda's Kagame, are all doing their best to stay in office beyond constitutional term limits. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, however, doesn't have to overcome term limits because Uganda's Parliament abolished them in 2005. He has already announced that he will run again in 2016, his thirtieth year in office.

Congolese protest election delay: 'Non Kabila Rwandais'

KPFA Weekend News, 01.24.2015
Congolese took to the streets this week to protest until the Congolese Parliament backed down on changes in election law that would have allowed President Joseph Kabila to remain in power beyond Constitutional term limits. Reuters photographed graffiti in the streets of Kinshasa that said "No Kabila Rwandais," or "No to Kabila the Rwandan."

South African political journalist Mandy Rossouw dies at age 33

KPFA Evening News, 03.17.2012

Mandy Rossouw speaking at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. Mail and Guardian Online deputy editor Verashni Pillay, to her left, was presiding over a series of teach-ins at the university.


KPFA Evening News Anchor David Landau: In South Africa, a well known political journalist, Mandy Rossouw, was buried and eulogized in South Africa this week, after her untimely and unexpected death, one week ago, at the age of 33. KPFA’s Ann Garrison has the story.  

KPFA/Ann Garrison: Mandy Rossouw was an international correspondent for Media24 newspapers, and a radio and television reporter and commentator based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She died, suddenly, one week ago. This week she was buried and eulogized by colleagues, readers who called her a champion of social justice, and even the ruling African National Congress, or ANC, party, though she often criticized the ANC.  

Rossouw was the author of Kings and Kingmakers, a book about the African National Congress, which, in an extract available online, described the relationship between South African President Jacob Zuma and the well known and well moneyed Gupta family.

In this extract, she wrote that one of the president's twins, with the Gupta family as partners, had secured a lucrative iron-ore tender - meaning a state mining lease - that would have made him an overnight billionaire.
Kings and Kingmakers, by Mandy Rossouw, published November 2012

In October 2012, she published a report titled, “DRC’s Kabila comes to SA bearing gifts.” In this report, she described a visit by the Democratic Republic of the Congo's President Joseph Kabila, to South African President Jacob Zuma, as "payback time." South African interests, she wrote, were, at that time rewarded for the country's help in organizing and funding Congo's 2011 presidential election, which returned Kabila to power.

The Carter Center and more conservative observers described the election as a failure, including lost and unsupervised ballots, polling places that never opened, and thoroughly implausible tallies in many parts of the country. Congolese people protested around the world, and in South Africa, but President Zuma lauded the result. 

Rossouw wrote that Petro South Africa and Airports Company South Africa cashed in on Zuma's assistance, receiving building and oil exploration contracts in Congo. 

Rossouw died suddenly last week, of unknown cause, at the age of 33.*   

For Pacifica, KPFA and AfrobeatRadio, I’m Ann Garrison.

*Since this KPFA Radio report was produced, several sources including South Africa's Citipress have reported that Mandy Rossouw died of an aortic aneurism:


Congolese abandoned by international community


KPFA Evening News, 02.03.2013

In December, the House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair opened the Special Hearing on the Democratic Republic of the Congo by saying that the U.S. was by then standing alone, amongst its Western allies, in its ongoing support for Rwanda, despite the UN Group of Experts report documenting Rwanda's command of the M23 militia. The militia had created another million Congolese refugees inside and outside the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in fighting resumed in April 2012.

In January, Germany unfroze $26 million in aid to Rwanda, taking the pressure off the U.S. The UN Security Council has also refused to sanction top Rwandan and Ugandan officials implicated in the report. Georges Nzongola, Professor of African Studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill says this confirms what he wrote in the London Guardian in November, that "No One but the Congolese People Can Save the Democratic Republic of the Congo."


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