U.S. in Congo: Ongoing support for Kabila?


KPFA Weekend News, 02.25.2012

UN on Congo: Dodd-Frank conflict minerals law increases conflict


KPFA Weekend News, 12.31.2011: 

A UN report says that the U.S.A.'s conflict minerals legislation, Section 1502 of the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, is increasing rather than decreasing criminality and conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and that Bosco Ntaganda is now in control of minerals smuggling from the eastern Congolese city of Goma into Rwanda.  Ntaganda is commander of the CNDP militia that fought the Congolese army before being "integrated" into the Congolese army in January 2009. The Wikipedia identifies him as a Rwandan Tutsi and a former member of the Rwandan Patriotic Army, which seized power in Kigali, Rwanda's capital, in 1994.

Occupy Wall Street and D.R. Congo









Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo ​​WBAI Talk Back, on the post-election political crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Occupy Wall Street, and international solidarity, 12.21.2011:

Occupy Wall Street emerged in September 2011 as a movement against growing income and resource inequality. Can it find a way to stand with the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who have the lowest standard of living in the world, and the greatest number of war dead in any sustained conflict since World War II?

WBAI AfrobeatRadio host Wuyi Jacobs spoke to Kambale Musavuli and Bodia Macharia of Friends of the Congo, New York City and Toronto chapters respectively, Nita Evele of the Washington D.C.-based Congo Coalition, Jacques Bahati of the Washington D.C.-based Africa Faith and Justice Network, independent journalist Ann Garrison, Stanford Says No to War Founder, Occupy activist and writer Adam Hudson, and William Mitchell Law Professor, former National Lawyers' Guild President and international criminal defense attorney Peter Erlinder.

WBAI AfrobeatRadio: Tshisekedi, Kabila, and Congo

Incumbent President Joseph Kabila's Republican Guard fired tear gas and live rounds at unarmed crowds of Étienne Tshisekedi supporters on 11.26.2011, two days before the election. Some protestors were shot dead. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is in political crisis. The Independent National Electoral Commission, which is headed by an ally of incumbent President Joseph Kabila, announced that Kabila is the winner, with 49 percent of the vote. The commission says that his leading challenger, Étienne Tshisekedi,  won only 32 percent, but Tshisekedi rejected the results and declared that he now considers himself the nation’s president. The other prominent candidate, Vital Kamerhe, agrees. The Carter Center election observer mission stated that the election "lacks credibility" and reported that they were "unable to provide independent verification of the accuracy of the overall results or the degree to which they reflect the will of the Congolese people."  


The announcement of Kablia's victory led to riots in Kinshasa and calls from opposition leaders for the international community to intervene.  There have since been confrontations between demonstrators in the Katanga and North and South Kivu Provinces and military police have arrested protestors in Katanga.


On Thursday December 15th, he US Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing about the crisis, where experts from the International Crisis Group told them that the Congolese election is indefensible and that Kabila is now ruling without a shard of legitimacy.


Eric Kamba, Congolese refugee and social worker with the Congolese Development Center

At the urging of the UN and the Catholic Church, Vital Kamerhe, on December 15th, took the opposition case for annulment of the results and a new election to the Congolese Supreme Court, even though Kabila, anticipating electoral disputes, appointed 18 new Supreme Court judges at the outset of the campaign season, increasing the number of judges on the court from 9 to 27. Kamerhe's lawyers called the proceedings a "travesty of justice" and walked out of the courtroom before the end of the first day. On Saturday, December 17th, the court ruled that Kabila had won the election and was therefore the rightful president of the D.R.C.  The East African presidents of Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, Tanzania, Kenya, and Sudan have already recognized Kabila, but Obama's State Department has refused to say whether he will or not.


This discussion of Congo's political crisis, with Maurice Carney, Executive Director of Friends of the Congo, and Eric Kamba, Congolese refugee and social worker with the Boston-based Congolese Development Center, was recorded on Saturday, December 10th, and broadcast on WBAI, 99.5fm-N.Y.C. and streaming online, on Thursday, December 15th, 2011.


Maurice Carney, Executive Director, Friends of the Congo .


Congo in Crisis: Election Results Cannot Be Reconstructed


AfrobeatRadio News, Congo in Crisis: Election Results Cannot Be Reconstructed, 12.12.2011


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