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Si vous ne connaissez pas vraiment Joseph Kabila, l’homme et sa vision lisez le message suivant:
 
Le FRONACORDE - NKOLO MBOKA: un nouveau mouvement des masses pour le Congo.

Adherez-y massivement!

Conférence Internationale sur la Région des Grands Lacs: Lettre ouverte à tous mes compatriotes Congolais.

 
Le Président Joseph Kabila se prononce sur toutes les questions de l'heure. Neamoins, il est estimé que l'époque des dons présidentiels toujours détournés doit être révolue:
 
La privatisation du Congo s'accèlere:

Les princes du mobutisme et l’avenir de notre pays, commentaire critique de Kâ Mana

Kengo wa Dondo doit répondre aux crimes suivants:
 
L'implantation militaire des puissances occidentales sur le continent africain pour controler les matières prémières, une réalité évidente!

De la Françafrique à la Mafiafrique: François-Xavier Verschave. Entretien avec Enrico Porsia.

 
George Forrest répond à Global Witness:
 
Les Deux "Non" de Mzee Kabila:

Evaluation du projet de Constitution

 
Bilan de la transition ~ Transition assessment
 
Nationalisme, Culture & Society.

Ainsi Parla Patrice Lumumba:

Le combat révolutionaire de Pierre Mulele

Video Choc: Assassinat barbare, sauvage et terroriste de Patrice Lumumba!

VIDEO SHOCK: Watch Patrice Lumumba's savage and terrorist assassination here!

VIDEO SHOCK: La terreur du Roi Léopold II - King Leopold's terror in Congo. Watch it here!

Hommage à un veritable révolutionaire Lumumbiste: Léopold Amisi Soumialot parle de son défunt père, Gaston Soumialot.

Video: Ecoutez la voix de Gaston Soumialot ici.

Video: Le film réalisé par Jihal El Tahri et intitulé "L'Afrique en Morceaux: La tragédie des pays de la Région des Grands Lacs" desormais discrédité.

Regardez-le ici!

Video: Mobutu ou les 32 ans de démagogie, de kléptocratie, de terreur et de prédation! Film réalisé par Thierry Michel

Regardez-le ici! Mais attention! Ce film contient des mensonges, surtout à propos de Lumumba!

 
Congo at the ICJ ~ Verdict de la CPI
 
Horribles Photos du genocide au Congo: sickening photos of the genocide of the Congolese people committed by Rwandans, Ugandans and Burundians, backed by Western superpowers and multinationals.
 
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The Democratic Republic of Congo has known no respite whatsoever in the last 500 years of its history. After the enslavement of the Congolese people in the Americas, King Leopold acquired Congo as his own property; then sold it to the Belgian government and so it became a colony.

After the independence, Patrice Lumumba, independent Congo's first elected charismatic leader was killed, replaced during the Cold War by Mobutu's 32 year-long dictatorship. A recently declassified document in the CIA's archives, says that Sydney Gottlieb, a psychiatrist and head of chemistry of the Agency Mind Control Program, is supposedly the person responsible for having made available the poison that was going to be used in the assassination attempt on Patrice Lumumba.

"It is notable that the administration which has declassified the least information in the history of the United States, and which has even started a process of reclassifying information that was previously declassified, now makes the decision to make these revelations. I believe that such an action could be an attempt to present an image of transparency when the government is at an all time low rate of acceptance and popularity, and to show that those methods belong to another era and are no longer in use. When he announced the decision, General Hayden, current CIA Director, said: “The documents offer a look at very different times and at a very different Agency. Needless to say that everything described here is still being done, only in a more brutal manner and all around the planet, including a growing number of illegal actions within the very United States." - Fidel Castro

The overthrow of Mobutu by Lumumba's disciple Laurent Kabila was followed by a war of invasion carried out by troops from Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi and orchestrated by Britain, America and South Africa and with the complicity of the so-called Congolese of Tutsi origin in Rwanda and the so-called congolese rebels; and in which more than 5 million congolese have been massacred and Congo's natural and mineral resources systematically looted! You can see that the West (and Arab slavers too) shot Congo in the feet and in the legs in the last 500 years and now turns around and says: "Poor Congo (or poor Africa for that matter), you can't walk! How can we help you?!" BUT CONGO IS RISING AGAIN!

The deputy commander of the Darfur Force reponsible for war crimes.

- By Julian Borger, diplomatic editor, The Guardian, London, 18.08.2007.

The United Democratic Force-Inkingi, A Rwandan opposition group, accused Major General Karenzi Karake, a Tutsi, of responsibility for carrying out political assassinations and ordering reprisal killings against Hutus in Rwanda and Zaire in the years after the 1994 Rwandan genocide, when he was the country's chief of military intelligence.

Gen Karake has been nominated as the deputy commander of a joint UN and African Union (AU) force established by a security council resolution engineered by Gordon Brown and French president Nicolas Sarkozy.

The resolution, which was approved unanimously last month, was seen as the prime minister's first foreign policy success.

A foreign office spokeswoman said that the appointment of force commanders was a job for the UN department of peacekeeping operations. But British officials are concerned that if there was any substance to the allegations it could discredit the Darfur mission.

UN officials were taken by surprise by the allegations against Gen Karake, having been assured there were no significant allegations against him on record. They have demanded an explanation from the head of the Rwandan delegation to the UN.

Meanwhile, the AU confirmed the general's appointment without consulting the UN - a sign of possible coordination problems to come in deploying the world's biggest peacekeeping force.

Jordi Palou-Loverdos, a lawyer who is taking Rwandan military leaders to court in Spain for the murder of nine Spanish missionaries and humanitarian workers, argued that Gen Karake had questions to answer as he was in a senior military position when the killings took place.

"I would say that for a senior Rwandan officer under suspicion to be nominated at this point may not be a prudent decision for the UN," Mr Palou-Loverdos said.

Robert Mugabe given a hero's welcome

Daily Telegraph, London. By Sebastien Berger, 17/08/2007

President Robert Mugabe has received a hero's welcome at the opening of an African summit.

As he was introduced to the Southern African Development Community gathering in the Zambian capital Lusaka, dignitaries gave him thunderous applause in contrast to polite claps for other leaders.

Mr Mugabe stood and smiled in acknowledgement before sitting down next to South Africa's Thabo Mbeki.

After the conference Zambia's President Levy Mwanawasa, who has previously compared Zimbabwe to a "sinking Titanic", played down the crisis facing the country.

"We also feel that the problems in Zimbabwe have been exaggerated. We feel they will solve their economic problems," he said.

He added that Zimbabwe's current voting laws were "valid to enable free and fair elections".

Earlier, Zimbabwe's justice minister had told the summit that no political reforms were needed in Zimbabwe.

"Political reform is not necessary in my country because we are a democracy like any other democracy in the world," Patrick Chinamasa said, Reuters news agency reports.

Zimbabwe bill to hit foreign firms

HARARE, Zimbabwe (Reuters) -- Zimbabwe's government introduced a bill Thursday to give Zimbabweans majority ownership of foreign companies, a move critics say will deepen the economic crisis.

Critics of the Zimbabwe government fear a bill against foreign companies will worsen the economic crisis.

If passed it would give the government sweeping powers over how foreign companies, including mines, operate in Zimbabwe.

Critics accuse veteran leader President Robert Mugabe of trying to push through the empowerment bill to extend his patronage and focus attention from Zimbabwe's economic turmoil. Mugabe is seeking another five-year term in presidential elections next year.

Indigenisation and Empowerment Minister Paul Mangwana told parliament the bill would create an environment that would increase the "participation of indigenous people in Zimbabwe".

The draft was passed to a parliamentary legal committee shortly after it was introduced. It is likely to pass because Mugabe's ZANU-PF party dominates parliament,

Photo above: Democratic Republic of the Congo's President Joseph Kabila and his Zimbabwean counterpart Robert Mugabe attend a parade at Zambia's Air force base in Lusaka on the 2nd day of the 27th SADC Ordinary Summit of The Heads of State and Government.(AFP/Alexander Joe)

The hidden agenda of Tutsi living in Congo: to annex North Kivu and South Kivu to Rwanda and Ituri to Uganda, which explain the military activity of Tutsi renegade, Laurent Nkunda.

Rwanda via Nkunda is behind some most despicable atrocities in Masisi, Rutsuru and Walikale in North Kivu, under pthe pretext that the FDLR who committed genocide in Rwanda 13 years ago are hiding there and therefore Tutsi minority should be protected. The annexation of eastern Congo to Rwanda is the objective and some powerful people in Britain and America are supporting such a project.

Beside the looting of minerals, in Masisi, Rutsuru and Walikale, there are villages patrolled by Nkunda's police and checkpoints where Nkunda's soldiers demand that truck drivers pay a tax to support their leader's cause. Local residents can settle disputes these days in Nkunda's courts or attend church with a priest appointed by Nkunda, who is wanted on war crimes charges but lately has been wearing a button that reads "Rebels for Christ." What amounts to Radio Free Nkunda broadcasts from a mountaintop around here.

Villagers said that earlier this year Nkunda hoisted a flag in Kitchanga, a old plantation during Belgian time he has transformed inti his headquarters and declared his mountain fiefdom a new country: Land of the Volcanoes.

UN officials blame the general for forcing an estimated 230,000 people from their homes since January and creating a humanitarian disaster that is the worst Congo has experienced since the peak of its decade of civil war. Displacement camps filled with sick, hungry, and injured people are scattered across the east again, and UN officials warn that Congo is on the brink of another all-out conflict.

For a while, Nkunda had the support of Rwanda, which considered his forces a necessary bulwark against Hutu militiamen. Though Rwanda says it no longer supports him, its sympathy for Nkunda's activities borders on justification.

"Rwanda cannot establish a relationship with such a person, but we can understand why Nkunda is Nkunda," said Charles Murigande, Rwanda's foreign minister. "We can understand his argument."

Armed with a sense of righteousness fortified by visiting American evangelical Christian groups, Nkunda has in recent months been carrying out attacks against village after village.

Eastern Congo is a sordid tangle of violence, but even within that context, villagers say, Nkunda's men have distinguished themselves.

In one forsaken camp of banana-leaf huts sprawled across volcanic rocks near the provincial capital of Goma(same policy Museveni is implemeting in Northern Uganda), people who had run for their lives told different versions of the same story: that before attacking with machetes and guns, Nkunda's soldiers had accused them of harboring Hutu militiamen.

"They consider us like the Interahamwe," said Nayino Faraziya, 70, referring to the Hutu militia that she said had taken up residence around her village, Bufamando.

Faraziya said Nkunda's soldiers burned down houses and called about two dozen people, including her, to a "meeting" at the local Catholic parish.

Then, she said, they set the building on fire.

"People were crying and screaming," said Faraziya, who escaped through a window and has fresh burns across her back, neck, and arms.

More than 2,000 people have arrived at the camp since January, said the camp's chief, Mahoro Faustin, and more are arriving daily, some missing legs and arms and most with little more than the torn clothes on their backs.

The notion that Nkunda is offering people some kind of protection from Hutu militias, he said, is "a masquerade."

"He wants everyone to join him against the government," said Faustin. "His people were preaching that we need to liberate ourselves and make our own country. He even put his flag in our village.", as reported by the Boston-based Globe Newspaper Company on 13.08.2007.

In recent months, Nkunda has forcefully recruited soldiers, including children, inside Rwanda, according to UN officials who repatriated at least 500 of them.

Nkunda is Congo's latest nightmare and well-armed megalomaniac but whose days are numbered.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame is a manipulator who is using the 1994 genocide as a trump card!

1. Kagame goes to the Western powers and tell them: where were you when the Hutu nearly exterminated us, and they feel guilty, apologise and keep quiet, give him all the means possible (money and arms) to loot the mineral wealth of Congo.

2. Kagame goes to the Tutsi survivors of the genocide and tell them that they owe their lives and survival to him because he saved them from the Interahamwe, the Hutu genocidaires. And they keep quiet, vote for him, no opposition. But we know that Kagame was only interested in taking power, not saving the Tutsi, as General Dalaire revealed. Under President Kagame’s “Imidugu” policy or the “Politics of villagisation”, most of the villagers have been forced to built their huts along the main roads so that the notorious Local Defense Forces will keep a vigilant eye on them and to wield off infiltrators. The countryside is therefore deserted and Catholic missions there forced to close. Survivors of the genocide feel abandoned to themselves.

Ordinary Rwandans say their leaders all returned from exile do not identify with them. In fact the new regime keeps a grudge against Tutsi who stayed behind and never went into exile, accusing them of having collaborated with the former Hutu regime.

3. Kagame goes to the Hutu in Rwanda and say, it was me who restrained my men from exterminating all of you in a gush of revenge, and they keep quiet and dare not oppose him. Yet we know that when accompanying Laurent Kabila to power, Kagame ordered his men to exterminate all the Hutu in refugee camps in eastern Congo, which they did.

Nick Gordon, a BBC reporter investigated and reported that the Kigali regime has built crematorium at Bugasira, Ruhengeri, Byumba, Kibungo, Inyungwe and other locations where thousands of Hutus and Congolese deportees (80 Congolese youth were deported from Uvira, South Kivu into Rwanda in January 2001 and are unaacounted for today, according to the Missionary News Agency MISNA), were killed daily and their bodies are incinerated under the program called "MANPOWER DUTIES" while US officials are looking the other way. The Tutsi regime is conducting genocide in Rwanda to reduce the Hutu population to a “manageable level”. Any Tutsi minister or politician who disagreed with the policy is either in exile or has been assassinated.

4. Kagame goes to the Tutsi living in Congo and say, if you do not do anything for yourself, the Congolese will exterminate you. You know what happened in 1994 in Rwanda. It is not a surprise that The Economist in London called the Tutsi, the Jews of Africa. Bolstered by western support, Kagame branded the Congolese “the Ibicucu” in his native Kinyarwanda language – which means, the “nobodies, good for nothing, therefore kill them as many as you like”. Hence the a war of invasion (1998-2003) carried out by troops from Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi and orchestrated by Britain, America and South Africa and with the complicity of the so-called Congolese of Tutsi origin in Rwanda and the so-called congolese rebels; and in which more than 5 million congolese have been massacred and Congo's natural and mineral resources systematically looted!

Ando so you have Tutsi warlords like Nkunda, a so-called Tutsi congolese killing, raping and looting under the pretext of protecting his own Tutsi community in Congo, you see! Where does he get guns from? From top Business people in Europe and America with the tacit blessing of their governments in return for looted minerals.

Kagame and Museveni should be tried for crimes against humanity in the region.

Hotel Rwanda hero urges justice - BBC

Paul Rusesabagina, the man who inspired the film Hotel Rwanda, says unless the term of the UN tribunal on the genocide is extended it will be a failure. He has written to the UN chief asking for some governing Rwandan Patriotic Front members to face justice.

"If the Arusha tribunal ends its functions having only considered one side of the problem, most of us (Rwandese) would see it as a biased tribunal, and instead of resolving the Rwandan unity problem, it would have worsened it," Mr Rusesabagina told the BBC's Great Lakes service.

Crimes committed by the RPF in 1994 are still under investigation and there have been no public indictments, he says.

"If this tribunal doesn't deal with guilty RPF members, it means their cases will be transferred to Rwanda," said Mr Rusesabagina, who wrote to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon about his concerns on 22 June 2007.

"But those who would be in charge of these cases may have been involved in criminal acts, in which case they wouldn't rule against themselves," he said.

In 1994, Mr Rusesabagina - a middle-class Hutu married to a Tutsi with whom he shared four children - sheltered some 1,200 refugees at a hotel in the capital, Kigali, where he was the manager.

The film Hotel Rwanda told the story of how he used his influence to bribe military officials to secure a safe escape for refugees.

"I'm just a normal person. But as I've always defended human rights," he said about his letter to Mr Ban.

"I'm trying to be the voice of millions of Rwandese who have no-one to speak out for them."

Hidden War, Massive Suffering; White People's War For Oil and Minerals.

SHOULD NEW MINING CONTRACTS BE AWARDED TO MULTINATIONAL COMPANIES WHICH LOOTED CONGO'S WEALTH DURING THE INVASION AND NAMED THE UN REPORT ON THE ILLEGAL LOOTING OF CONGO'S WEALTH? THAT IS THE QUESTION!

By Keith Harmon Snow: www.allthingspass.com.

Museveni, Kagame, NKunda, Bemba (like Charles Taylor, they should be prosecuted) and their military allies, the United States, Britain and Israel and their open policy of depopulation, the elimination of large numbers of human beings, as policy, to make way for resource extraction to benefit multinational corporations in the Great Lakes Region of Central Africa.

Yet Museveni who has manipulated the Constitution and got himself a third term in office, by so doing has so pleased Britain so much so that he is soon hosting the Commonwealth Summit in Kampala! this is not only a form of obstruction of justice, by tacitly sending a message to the ICC not to pursue its investigation vigorously or return indictments if warranted, but it also amounts to abetting genocide, by deflecting focus away from the crimes and exonerating suspects before investigations on grave allegations are completed.

First of all, it is about oil. It is also about gold, and if I look into it I assure you I will find other resources up for grabs. The oil concessions stretch along the border with Congo from the North Kivu Province, under Lake Albert—the Semliki basin—and up into northern Uganda. Note the involvement of companies like Bechtel, for example—whose subsidiary Nexant is part of the consortium of corporations building a massive oil pipeline across Uganda and Kenya.

The companies involved in exploiting the oil include Tullow Oil, whose subsidiaries include Hardman Resources and whose partners include Heritage Oil and Gas HARDMAN and HERITAGE OIL & GAS. The Heritage connection is a guy named Tony Buckingham, who also is notable for his mercenary companies like SANDLINE INTERNATIONAL, and another nasty firm—BRANCH ENERGY. The oil concessions stretch from near the Rwanda border to the Red Sea—right smack through Darfur. You can see the oil maps on my web site www.allthingspass.com. You can also search on HERITAGE—Uganda.

The U.S. is very close with Uganda, and ships in military equipment—paid for with AID and DEVELOPMENT funds—through Entebbe, an airbase [Uganda] refurbished by the U.S. Weapons and logistics and training go for the secret U.S. war in Sudan—DARFUR—and in Congo and, now, in Somalia. There are at least 2000 UPDF—UGANDA PEOPLES DEFENSE FORCES—in Somalia today prosecuting the war [there] with U.S. backing.

Anyone who claims that U.S. troops if they got involved would end up dead—what a bunch of nonsense. First of all, the Lords Resistance Army is not the main problem here it is the UPDF—as with their criminal operations looting Congo, killing more than 5 million people and backing the Sudan Peoples Liberation Army and now other factions in the war for Darfur. These are not in any sense “tribal” conflicts. Someone in the U.S. has deep ties to Joseph Kony and the LRA, and if they wanted this guy dead he would be dead long ago.

There are LRA agents in Washington connected at the highest levels. As long as Museveni—perhaps the worlds leading terrorist and war criminal today—right up there with his pal Paul Kagame from Rwanda—has these so-called ‘rebel’ so-called ‘enemies’ on its borders, like the ADF [Alliance of Democratic Forces] and LRA—then the Uganda government can continue to scream bloody murder “we need help” and continue to get AID, which is turned into weapons in what may be the world’s largest AID for ARMS scandal after the AID for ARMS scandal in Ethiopia.

In the mid-1980’s today’s President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, seized power in a bloody conflict. Fighting alongside Museveni were Tutsi soldiers who would later go on to overthrow the government of Rwanda, in a low-intensity conflict that began in October 1990, and culminated in the spectacle of the Rwanda genocide of 1994. Powerful corporate, intelligence and defense interests from the United States backed both insurgencies.

Museveni also sent his bloodthirsty troops into Congo. Millions of innocent people died under Ugandan occupation, while Museveni and his gang plundered Congo’s natural resources, raped women and whipped up killing fields scattered with skeletons.

The ICC started its investigation of the Ugandan civilian and military leadership on war crimes and crimes against humanity allegations after a complaint was referred by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government under Joseph Kabila according to a front page article in the June 8th, 2006 edition of The Wall Street Journal, a newspaper with almost 2 million circulation. Did Don McKinnon, and separately all the officials mentioned above, not read this Wall Street Journal article? The allegations include mass civilian murders, rapes, kidnappings, mutilations, the recruitment and training of child soldiers, burning of villages, and theft of natural resources, by the Ugandan army and allied militias during Uganda’s occupation of Eastern Congo; these are the similar allegations that have landed former Liberian president Charles Taylor at his current location; the Hague, facing trial. Separately, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in December 2005, ruled in favor of the Congo on the civil aspect, based on similar set of allegations of mass civilian murders, rapes, kidnappings, mutilations, the recruitment and training of child soldiers, burning of villages, and theft of natural resources, and subsequently ordered Uganda to pay Congo $10 billion dollars

This suggests the likelihood of a verdict favoring Congo on the war crimes allegations now being investigated by the ICC. Surely, the US was aware of this when it asked Uganda to send troops to Somalia; how can the Bush Administration blatantly continue to cozy up to suspects on such serious crimes as war crimes and crimes against humanity?

But Museveni is someone’s “Golden Boy,” just like Uganda was always Britain’s “Pearl of Africa.”

President Yoweri Museveni has controlled Uganda for more than 20 years in a one-party dictatorship friendly to powerful corporate interests predominantly from the United States, Britain and Israel.

But years ago, up in the north of Uganda, the Museveni government herded the minority Acholi people into forced settlements—they called them “refugee” camps—under the claim that the government was providing protection from rebel forces supposedly hostile to the Museveni government. They became death camps, and they are death camps still.

For years Museveni’s low-intensity war against the Acholi people has waged on, completely out of sight, while the army of Joseph Kony—the evil Christian forces of the Lord’s resistance Army—was the only party ever accused of anything. The LRA is purported to be a rebel army opposed to the Museveni regime, but this is a convenient ruse that serves the dictates of a permanent warfare economy.

Like Somalia and eastern Congo, the wars in Darfur and Northern Uganda are actually prosecuted for the same reasons: petroleum, gold, land—and other natural resources. There is money to be made, indeed, and the Uganda government is depopulating the land to make it easier. But this has been going on for years. Out of sight, out of mind. But absence makes the heart grow fonder.

While the war in Darfur is always described as a genocide by Arabs against Black Africans—and never a “war” by competing factions—the war in Northern Uganda is almost never described at all. This is also true of the multiple fangs of conflict in Ethiopia, where the U.S.-backed government of Meles Zenawi is committing genocide against indigenous people, the Anuak minority and others—but it’s completely out of the Western news. The AID for ARMS scandal in Ethiopia has seen hundreds of millions of dollars of weaponry purchased—and used—by AID dollars. This is a country where there is widespread starvation, drought, and famine—and now the largest standing military in Africa, serving the interests of the Pentagon. The United Nations, UNICEF, everyone is silent.

South Africa blames UK for Zimbabwe crisis. Report attacks Britain as main protagonist

Chris McGreal, Africa correspondent, The Guardian, Monday August 13, 2007

South Africa has blamed Britain for the deepening crisis in Zimbabwe by accusing the UK of leading a campaign to "strangle" the beleaguered African state's economy and saying it has a "death wish" against a negotiated settlement that might leave Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF in power.

According to a South African government document circulating among diplomats ahead of a regional summit in late August, President Thabo Mbeki will paint an optimistic picture of his efforts to broker an agreement between Mr Mugabe and the Zimbabwean opposition.

But the document, a draft of the report the South African president is expected to present at the meeting, says Britain remains a significant obstacle by spearheading sanctions that Mr Mugabe blames for his country's economic collapse.

"The most worrisome thing is that the UK continues to deny its role as the principal protagonist in the Zimbabwean issue and is persisting with its activities to isolate Zimbabwe," the report says.

"None of the western countries that have imposed the sanctions that are strangling Zimbabwe's economy have shown any willingness to lift them."

Britain pressed the European Union to impose "targeted sanctions" against Zimbabwe's leadership by refusing visas, freezing bank accounts and other measures that the UK said were aimed at individuals without harming Zimbabweans.

But Mr Mugabe has blamed what he describes as the "illegal sanctions" for the economic collapse and said his government is a victim of British imperialism because it seized white-owned farms for redistribution to poor blacks.

The South African report describes the crisis as "Zimbabwe's bilateral dispute with Britain". However, the focus of Mr Mbeki's efforts is to reach an agreement between Mr Mugabe and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change ahead of elections next year.

The document says some issues, including constitutional reforms, have been "worked out". "There are strong indications that the two sides are sliding towards an agreement," it says.

FOR THOSE IN THE KNOW (by W.D.):

FOREIGN WESTERN COUNTRIES (I CALL NO NAME)

1. TRIED A MILITARY COUP

2. FUND & CONTINUE TO FUND THE ZIMBABWE OPPOSITION

3. TRIED TO FLOOD ZIMBABWE WITH COUNTERFEIT ZIMBABWE NOTES

5. BRIBE THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY WITH FOREIGN ACCOUNTS TO PUSH UP PRICES IN THE COUNTRY

6. CONTINUE TO SABOTAGUE THE ZIMBABWE ECONOMY SO THE PEOPLE CAN BLAME MUGABE FOR THEIR POVERTY

7. ZIMBABWE IS THE ONLY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WHICH DOES NOT BUY THINGS CREDIT - WHEN IT FLIES ITS PLANES TO GATWICK THE CRWEW CARRIES FOREIGN EXCHANGE TO PAY FOR LANDING CHARGES - STILL THEY FLY WEEKLY WITH THE SAME AMOUNT OF FLIGHTS.

8. I COULD TELL YOU MORE BUT MY TIME LIKE URS IS PRECIOUS. ONE LAST THING - ZIMBABWE IS A RICH COUNTRY DONT LET THE MEDIA FOOL YOU. IT IS JUST THAT WESTERN COUNTRIES DONT WANT IT TO WORK BECAUSE THEY FEAR WHAT OTHER COUNTRIES MIGHT DO!

"I will never wash that shirt tainted with blood!"

The Independent Police Complaint Commission (IPCC) apologises for a six month delay in considering my charges against the police.

The officers apologise for not letting me see the inspector immediately after release

They waited until one month went by before checking CCTV footage

After six months of fight for justice,the IPCC decides that the police were right in detaining me illegally. The officers have denied all the allegations, including verbal racial abuse, illegal detention, physical assault, and beside, they did their job.

Having reviewed all the evidences, I agree with the officers, says the case manager and this decision is final! No further actions is required of the force/authorities against Mr Lokongo.

Crazy laws! But I will never wash that shirt tainted with blood, the day I was beaten by the police in this country! Human rights, magna carta, fair play... does all this mean anything to people like us?

THIS IS WHAT MY FRIEND SAYS:

Antoine,

I am very disappointed to hear the final outcome of your court case.

I wish I could say that I was surprised, but unfortunately, I think that the judicial system is stacked against the rights of minorities and foreign nationals, even permanent residents. Racial abuse is tolerated, perhaps even encouraged, by the police and the court system, safe in the knowledge that they are in a position of strength.

It is only because of your perseverance that you were able to secure a judgement at all. Imagine how many others simply could not afford to press charges or wait for their case to be heard?

I hope that now you can turn your attention on strengthening your own position, and work to put this episode firmly behind you. Let me know if I can help.

Best, J.M.

Forget the demonisation of Robert Mugabe in the western media. This is what ordinary Africans think about Mugabe. And suprisingly their comments are brought to us by the BBC.

Outside the church hall reggae music is playing and there are a few men and one woman wearing orange T-shirts with pictures of Robert Mugabe and Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana's independence leader and pan-Africanist. They tell me the BBC's coverage of Zimbabwe is biased but agree to talk.

"Robert Mugabe represents freedom for Africa. You can't have a very small percentage of white people, westerners, owning 90% of the land - that's not on. Africa is for the Africans.

"White people are always welcome here, don't get me wrong. We don't hate anybody but the percentage of our land has to belong to us."

Robert Mugabe has had close ties with Ghana - his late first wife was Ghanaian.

A woman at the church hall is from the same town, Sekondi, and tells me she got to know the Zimbabwean president as he visited the area every year.

"The world is misrepresenting him. We need a leader like Mugabe to lead Africa because Africa is for Africans.

"The land belongs to us. He is the right man to fight for us. We need Mugabe, we need him forever."

Another man tells me he has been living in Ghana since 1999 and before that lived in the UK for 38 years so he tells me he knows and understands British behaviour very well.

"Whenever Europeans give praise to a black leader then we realise that black man is not doing his job concerning his people. The very fact that the white world is against Mr Mugabe is a plus for us.

"AU is a good thing but I have one concern. Will Africa be united as a neo-colonialist block or will it be united as a free Africa."

"No African owns vast amounts of farmland in Europe or America. No African can, so I don't see why Europeans should come and take our gold, our bauxite, our rubber, our timber, our oil."

After he tells me the sanctions against Mugabe should be lifted, I mention that on the car radio I had just heard an interview with a Zimbabwean man saying he was trained by the security forces in Zimbabwe to torture people including locking somebody in a truck and dumping the truck in a lake.

"Mr Mugabe is fighting for his people - therefore the white world will concoct any kind of story. I would not believe that Mr Mugabe himself sanctioned it."

We wait to see if Robert Mugabe attends the meeting. He has already spoken here of the need for better African unity, stating that aid will never allow Africa to prosper.

The Congo Panorama Congratulates Gordon Brown following his appointement as new British Prime Minister

But we have not forgotten that when Mr Brown was Chancellor of the Exchecquer, Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi invaded Congo with the full backing of Britain and America. More than 5 millions Congolese have been killed and Congo's natural and mineral resources systematically looted. We call upon Mr Brown to launch an investigation into the involvement of British multinationals mining companies in that looting as revealed in the report by a UN Panel of Experts in 2001.

So, what will Gordon's Africa policies be like? Oh we know something! In an article published in the Guardian on 20.08.2005, Richard Drayton quoted Mr Brown, then Chancellor, as telling journalists in Mozambique early 2005 that "Britain should stop apologising for colonialism". The truth is, though, that Britain has never even faced up to the dark side of its imperial history, let alone begun to apologise, concluded Drayton.

Richard Drayton is a senior lecturer in imperial and extra-European history since 1500 at Cambridge University. His book "The Caribbean and the Making of the Modern World" was published last year.

Superpowers are backing a Tutsi-led mini-state in North Kivu or the annexion of eastern Congo to Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi.

They are using Tutsi genenal Nkunda wanted for crimes against humanity at the Hague, Tutsi General Masunzu, Tutsi Ugandan president Museveni et Tutsi Rwandan president Paul Kagame with, South African mercenaries, and as usual with the complicity of some Congolese such as Katebe Katoto, Patient Mwendanga, Ciribanya, Baramoto, Bemba... The UN Mission in Congo is part of this satanic plan! The people of Congo will never allow such a plan to materialise.

Belgian and American officials, including military officials, have officially visited Nkundan ( a former Tutsi refugee from Rwanda) in his "fiefdom" of Nyamitaba, in Masisi, north Goma. Nkunda collects taxes, is systematically massacring Congolese autochtons and replacing them with Tutsi from Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and Tanzania.

At the same time, a UN Security Council delegation has just held talks with the Government of Kinshasa to strictly discourage the military option to neutralise Nkunda. We shall overcome!

ZIMBABWE PROPOSES BLACK-RUN FIRMS, THUS SPEARHEADING THE ECONOMIC LIBERATION OF AFRICA!

Remember what Patrice Lumumba said: "We are going to show the world what the black man can do when he works in freedom"

At the same time, Africa is united in rejecting US request for military HQ. The Libyan and Algerian governments reportedly told George Bush that they would play no part in hosting Africom: the Pentagon's plan to create a US military command based in Africa. Despite recently improved relations with the US, both said they would urge their neighbours not to do so, either. Even Morocco, considered Washington's closest north African ally, indicated it did not welcome a permanent military presence on its soil.

Taking our destiny into our own hands and managing our own wealth. We have been empoverished too long!

President Robert Mugabe's government has published a bill to move majority control of "public companies and any other business" to black Zimbabweans.

The goal is to ensure at least a 51% shareholding by indigenous black people in the majority of businesses.

The bill to be approved by Parliament, stipulates that no company restructuring, merger or acquisition can be approved unless 51% of the firm goes to indigenous Zimbabweans.

The empowerment bill says that "indigenous Zimbabwean" is anyone disadvantaged by unfair discrimination on race grounds before independence in 1980.

It also provides for the establishment of an empowerment fund which will offer assistance to the "financing of share acquisitions" from the public-owned firms or assist in "management buy-ins and buy-outs."

And all government departments and statutory bodies will be asked to obtain 51% of their goods and services from businesses in which controlling interest is held by indigenous Zimbabweans.

Princess Maxima of the Netherlands: "Congole must stand up for their rights"

Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima addressed the "International Finance Conference to Help One Billion People Get Access to Banking Services", held in London on 19.06.2007 and organised by the British Government.

After her inaugural address, we greeted the Princess who congratulated us for a question we had asked earlier about the DRC during a session chaired by the Rwandan Donald Kaberuka, current President of the African Development Bank. We took the opportunity to explain the situation in the DRC to Her Royal Highness, characterised by the war, looting, massacres and rapes in eastern Congo where many are still in refugees camps and therefore cannot and will not benefit from this initiative. We explained that eastern Congo was still somehow under Rwandan, Ugandan and Burundian occupation.

The Princess was clearly moved and said that "Congole must stand up for their rights".

Earlier, during a session chaired by the Rwandan Donald Kaberuka, current President of the African Development Bank, we asked the panel that given the facts still fresh a UN report had published a list of all multinational mining companies which were involved in the looting of Congo's natural and mineral resources during the invasion of Congo by troops from Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi (during which Congo's natural and mineral resources were systematically looted and 5 millions Congolese killed), given the fact that no single G8 country has launched an investigation into that involvement, how do pass from this situation (the looting) into the kind of partnership between poor and rich countries that is the subject matter of this conference in such a short space of time?

One of the panelists, Dr Dr Manfred Konukiewitz, the German Director of Globaland Sectoral Policies, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, in his reply deplored the situation I had described in the Democratic Republic of Congo but stressed that multinationals companies were small players compared to local stakeholders in whose hands the wealth of the Democratic Republic of Congo still lies. He stressed the need to implement the "Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative" (NEITI), so that the wealth of the Democratic Republic of Congo may benefit the Congolese people.

He added that "the international community, the international financial community for that matter, has a role to play in the national reconstruction and national reconciliation in the Democratic Republic of Congo".

Political opposition from now onward has acquired a legal status in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi must now follow suit!

The leader of the opposition is even treated like a minister and he is entitled to a ministerial salary). Tutsi regimes in Rwanda and Uganda must equally democratise for a lasting peace in the region.

Hutu and Tutsi must accept to live together and share power in Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi. An inter-rwandan dialogue, just like we had an inter-congolese dialogue is necessary so that Hutu and Tutsi refugees whom we welcomed in eastern Congo but who are now looting, raping and killing us, may go home.

The democratisation of Tutsi regimes in Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi is key to lasting peace in the Great Lakes Region of Central Africa. The Congolese people have paid a heavy price for their hospitality because Tutsi and Hutu refugees in eastern Congo brought their culture of inter-ethnic massacres, of genocide and of kiling which they were fleeing from but which they did not leave behind. Congolese people have had enough!

Museveni and Kagame are responsible for crimes against humanity in the Great Lakes Region! Outgoing Belgian Minister of Defence, André Flahaut spills the beans.

As an international conference on Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reisertion of ex-combatants (DDR) opened in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo on 12.06.2007, outgoing Belgian Minister of Defence, André Flahaut made some revelations that took the conferenciers by surprise.

Responding to criticism from the opposition party CDH that Belgian policies vis-à-vis Congo were a failure, because impunity in Congo was still the order of the day, and no special tribunal for Congo has been set up to try those responsible for crimes against humanity since 1997, Mr Flahaut hit back by saying first of all that Western ambassadors in the Democratic Republic of Congo were behaving like little kings and lecturers who were issuing marks to Congolese ministers and strongly criticising President Joseph Kabila, when , democracy wise, the Democratic Republic of Congo has achieved in a short space of time, what Belgian did in many years. Belgians, should there fore learn lessons from the Congolese.

Mr Flahaut rejected accusations that the military brigades he helped train in the Democratic Republic of Congo were no match to battle hardened Rwandan troops.

“We prefer not to give money to demobilized soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, otherwise they would use it to buy new guns and use them as a means of survival by terrorizing the civilians. We prefer to teach them skills that will help them settle unto civilian life.

“The Great Lakes Region remain a trouble spot because of the arms factory that Chinese [Chinese or British?] have built for Museveni in Uganda from where there goes a proliferation of arms in the region. The international community has chosen to turn a blind eye to what is going on in that factory [in Nakasongola] and to Museveni’s arms trafficking in the region with untold consequences for the Congolese people.

“It is very unbelievable that an arms embargo is imposed and maintained against the Democratic Republic of Congo while at the same time, Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi are provided with arms and munitions, but it is forbidden to the Democratic Republic of Congo to purchase arms.

“All the arms purchased by the Democratic Republic of Congo [like all the oil Zimbabwe purchases abroad] are blocked , forbidden to be shipped to Kinshasa.»

By the international community, Mr Flahaut certainly meant Britain and America. Understand who may!

President Robert Mugabe has acquired no less than seven degrees on his own. He will not lose sleep over being stripped of an honorary degree by Edinburgh University - which is a childish thing to do!

This childish act is like you take a girl out, you buy her a drink, then you ask her to sleep with you. She says NO (the land is ours). Then you ask her to give you your drink back?!

We remind the Scotish University that it was IMF and Worl bank so-called structural adjustment programs tha recked Zimbabwe's then excellent education and health care system, the best in Africa.

Edinburgh University announced on Wednesday 6.06.2007 that it would withdraw the degree it awarded to President Mugabe in 1984 for his services to education in Africa. The university cited human rights violations by the Zimbabwe government for its decision.

But Comrade Bright Matonga, Zimbabwe's deputy information minister, strongly and rightly hit back when he said that although the "politically-motivated and hypocritical move" was meant to embarrass President Mugabe, he will not loose sleep over it. It was a big blow for Edinburgh University.

"The president will not lose any sleep over this. He has acquired no less than seven degrees on his own. He's a well-read president, better than their (Tony) Blair and (George W.) Bush.

"They can keep their degrees and we'll keep our Zimbabwe. Even the so-called knighthood he does not need," Comrade Matonga said.

Comrade Matonga added: "If they are basing this decision on humanitarian grounds, they should look at their history during slavery. "They should also look at their prime minister - 600,000 people have died in Iraq [and 5 millions in Cong] as a consequence of his actions in aiding and abetting Bush and Blair's wars."

Meanwhile, strong demand from foreign companies and individuals that are keen to invest in Zimbabwe has prompted Lonrho Africa plc to double its planned investment fund to £100 million.

Mugabe is not starving his people

Senior MDC members were among those to have received farm equipment, such as tractors from the Government recently.

The Herald newspaper quoted President Robert Mugabe as saying: "No politics can ever make them alien... after all we eat together, don't we?"

"It's a national event... that realisation is important that there must be occasions when we must be together," he said at a ceremony to distribute farm equipment.

Lord David Triesman, a mad man - Mugabe

"It was wrong for Britain to organise the world into tarnishing us, completely disregarding the area of our difference which was the land issue," Mr Mugabe said, according to Reuters news agency.

"But we knew we were right in what we were doing, we knew we were right in our politics, we knew we were right in taking our land, and indeed right is becoming our might."

He also called UK Minister for Africa Lord Triesman "a madman", Reuters reports. Lord David Triesman said recently that Mugabe may stand trila at the Hague, just like Charles Taylor, for crimes against humanity (What about Tony Blair et George Bush in Irak, Afghansitan, Guantanamo, and their allies Museveni and Kagame in the Democratic Republic of Congo? What about Ian Smith the genocide in what was the Souhtern Rhodesia?).

Senegal film-making pioneer dies - BBC

One of the pioneers of African film-making - Senegalese writer Sembene Ousmane - has died after a long illness at the age of 84.

Ousmane is credited with making the first feature film by a director from sub-Saharan Africa, 'The black girl from....' in 1966.

His latest work, Moolaade, won awards at the Cannes and Ouagadougou festivals and he has won two prizes at Venice.

He was born in the Casamance region of Senegal and went to an Islamic school.

Later he fought for the Free French forces in World War II.

Before the publication of his first novel, The Black Docker, in 1956, he worked in a car plant in Paris and was a trade union activist.

He made a total of 10 films during his career.

Much of his work focused on the effects of colonialism and religion, as well as the rise of the African middle class.

He was also a co-founder of the biennial Pan-African festival of film and television of Ouagadougou (Fespaco).

Every 25th of May of each year is "Africa Day"

But we ask:

1. How come the African Union (AU) never issued a single resolution condemning the invasion and aggression of the Democratic Republic of Congo by Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi in which 5 millions Congolese have been massacred and Congo's natural and mineral resources ystematically looted?!

2. How come Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi's AU membership was never suspended until their troops left Congo?!

UN troops 'traded gold for guns', according to the BBC published on 23.05.2007. Too late! In 2005 we denounced the involvementof British mercenaries in Congo, disguised as UN troops!

Before reading the BBC report below, read ours firt here about "What you need to know about the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC by its French acronym)"

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"Keeping Congo bleeding: How British mercenaries are ‘fuelling Africa’s First World War'

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On the looting of gold by UN troops in Congo and an interview with the BBC of Laurent Nkunda, a former Tutsi refugee from Rwanda turned out warlord wanted for crimes against humanity committed in Congo. Watch it here:

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Martin Plaut, BBC News, eastern DR Congo, 23.05.2007

Although Pakistan is the biggest contributor to the UN peacekeeping force in Congo, Pakistani UN peacekeeping troops have traded in gold and sold weapons to Congolese militia groups they were meant to disarm, the BBC has learnt.

These militia groups were guilty of some of the worst human rights abuses during the Democratic Republic of Congo's long civil war.

The trading went on in 2005. A UN investigative team sent to gather evidence was obstructed and threatened.

The team's report was buried by the UN itself to "avoid political fallout".

These events took place in and around the mining town of Mongbwalu, in north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Pakistani battalion of the UN peacekeeping mission deployed there two years ago and helped bring peace to an area that had previously seen bitter fighting between the Lendu and Hema ethnic groups.

Locals welcomed them, but the lure of the rich alluvial gold mines proved too much to resist for some, recalls the head of the miners' association, Liki Likambo.

"I saw a UN Pakistani soldier who came to buy gold from one of the gold negotiators here in Mongbwalu. I was there in the shop. I saw it with my own eyes."

Deals

Soon the Pakistani officers were doing deals directly with the FNI militia.

The gold from mines run by militias went to Pakistani peacekeepers

Evarista Anjasubu - a local businessman said he had known of transactions between Pakistani officers and two of the most notorious militia leaders called Kung Fu and Dragon who controlled the gold mines.

"They were already friends. I knew well. It was gold that was the basis of their friendship. So the gold extracted from the mines went directly to the Pakistanis. They used to meet in the UN camp in Mongbwalu, in a thatched house."

As the trade developed the Pakistani officers brought in the Congolese army and then Indian traders from Kenya.

Richard Ndilu, in charge of immigration at Mongbwalu airstrip, became suspicious in late 2005 when an Indian businessman arrived there and went to stay at the camp of the Pakistani peacekeepers.

Scandal

Alerted to this illegal trade by her officials, the District Commissioner of Ituri, Petronille Vaweka, went to Bunia airport to intercept a plane from Mongbwalu.

She said her way was blocked by Congolese army officers, who refused to allow her to inspect the cargo.

"I knew they had gold because the price of gold increased when the Indians went to Mongwalu," she said.

"When we wanted to verify what was inside the plane the pilot refused to allow us to enter the plane - me who was the chief, he refused! It was a big scandal."

When the UN was alerted to the allegations of gold trading by Human Rights Watch in late 2005, they instituted a major investigation by the Office for Internal Oversight Services.

What they uncovered was even more explosive.

Rearming

This is from a witness statement given to the UN by a Congolese officer engaged in the disarming of the militia in the nearby town of Nizi:

The battle for mining concessions has cost countless lives

"The officer expressed his regrets over the malpractices of a Pakistani battalion under the auspices of Major Zanfar. He revealed the arms surrendered by ex-combatants were secretly returned to them by Major Zanfar thereby compromising the work they had collectively done earlier.

"Repeatedly he saw militia who had been disarmed one day, but the next day would become re-armed again. The information he could obtain was always the same, that it would be the Pakistani battalion giving arms back to the militia."

This evidence was backed up by an interpreter working with the Pakistani battalion at Mongbwalu.

On arriving at the Officer's Mess, the interpreter found two militia leaders - known as Kung Fu and Dragon.

The interpreter said that the first question from Major Ali was to Kung Fu - asking him: 'What about the weapons I gave you? What about the weapons Monuc gave you?'

Stand-off A UN investigation team arrived in Mongbwalu in August 2006.

At first the Pakistani battalion there cooperated with them. But when they attempted to seize a computer with apparently incriminating documents on it a stand-off ensued.

The UN-found weapons were returned to militias in Mongbwalu

The Pakistanis surrounded the UN police accompanying the investigators with barbed wire and put two armoured personnel carriers outside their living quarters at a nearby Christian mission.

Thoroughly intimidated, the investigators were airlifted out of Mongbwalu.

The Pakistani troops are replaced every six months and the BBC investigation concerns events that took place prior to the deployment of the current Pakistani battalion.

When we put the allegations of weapons trading to the head of the UN in Congo, Ambassador William Swing, he denied emphatically that peacekeepers had been rearming the militia.

"This I can categorically deny. What we have done is just the opposite. We have demobilised more than 20,000. We have taken in caches of arms. We have destroyed arms. We have done public burnings of these arms. And there is absolutely nothing to that allegation."

He says that the investigation into gold trading has yet to be completed.

The UN in New York has refused to explain what took place or why, nearly two years after the allegations first surfaced, the Congolese people have no idea what action - if any - has been taken to discipline the Pakistani soldiers concerned.

King KONG: Primate Worship? Or Depo-Privations? Conservation or Corruption? The Monkey Smuggler, the Mwami, and the Hanged Man

COA News: Article By Keith Harmon Snow and Georgianne Nienaber - May 17 2007 (166 reads)

In his 2007 State of the Union message, U.S. President George Bush said "To whom much is given, much is required,” when referring to aid for Africa.

Certainly unknowingly, Bush precisely defined the problems inherent in foreign aid with those eight words. The American taxpayer has contributed billions to the African continent, but has been betrayed in the bargain with conservation and humanitarian organizations that have become self-serving cottage industries in black Africa, while expanding and exploding into corporate behemoths in the white world.

These organizations are accountable to no one but their own pockets and governed by boards of directors with personal and business interests in the success or failure of third world ventures. NGOs spread like weeds in the fertile plains of graft and opportunity that define the landscape of foreign aid.

American zoos and animal laboratories form unholy alliances with conservationists and sanctuary operations that bet their prestige on the charisma of mega-fauna such as the great apes, while poor, illiterate African women are forced into sterilization programs so that humans do not intrude upon gorilla habitat.

This is a systematic campaign—Professor Betsy Hartmann of Hampshire College calls it “the Greening of Hate.”

Consider this--African conservation efforts are creating a growing class of refugees that are strategically positioned into refugee camps which “protect” foreign borders. In addition, the world’s remaining great apes have become pawns in what amounts to sanctioned smuggling. In 1999 Congressman Jim Jeffords (VT) introduced legislation known as the Great Apes Conservation Act, which appropriated $5,000,000 A YEAR from 2000 through 2004 to “assist in the conservation of great apes.”

As a result, the competition has become intense to acquire gorillas, orangutans, bonobos and chimpanzees in order to obtain a piece of the funding pie. When the bill came up for renewal in 2005, the “expert witness” called before Congress to testify on behalf of this bill was Clare Richardson, CEO of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DFGFI), which stood to gain significantly from its renewal.

760 gorillas live in over 140 zoos worldwide. Of these, 300 western gorillas live in U.S. zoological institutions. 74 gorillas live in African sanctuaries which are shrouded in secrecy and zealous protection by British and American veterinarians and “researchers.” The Holy Grail, the endangered mountain gorilla, is represented by an orphan hoarded by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International and the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project—American organizations based in Rwanda.

This orphan has acquired a significance which rivals that of the Christ-child in the halls of primatology. If she cannot be released into the wild, which will almost certainly become the case, who gets the prize and the millions of tax dollars which will certainly follow? Certainly not the Rwandan people, who will ultimately see this orphan crucified upon the cross of conservation interests. Most Rwandans have never seen a mountain gorilla.

Please read more by clicking on the links below:

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Europeans fret new African diamond cartel. But African wealth will no longer be like a milking cow for foreigners!

"We will form united diamond policies, so that we have more power in the international arena."

Government ministers and representatives from Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe are discussing the need for an African Diamond Producers Association (ADPA) and how they can increase their influence on the US$13,1 billion (around N$92 billion) world market for rough gems, The Namibian reported on 27.04.2007.

These countries produce more than half of the world's diamonds by value.

Bloomberg quoted the DRC Deputy Mines Minister, Victor Kasongo, as saying the notion to form an association was initiated by producers last year.

"We will establish the Opec of diamonds," Kasongo was quoted as saying.

"We will form united diamond policies, so that we have more power in the international arena."

The 12-member Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec), influences oil prices by regulating the production of over 40 per cent of the world's supply.

Kasongo's views highlight speculations of frustration among African diamond producers who believe they are reaping the fruits of their resources, while countries like India, Israel and Belgium are getting most of the cake as the masters of the diamond trade.

Namibian minister of Mines and Energy, Erkki Nghimtina, and Namibian Diamond Commissioner Kennedy Hamutenya said Namibian Cabinet had sanctioned that Namibia should become part of ADPA, saying the country was way ahead of its counterparts when it came to beneficiation, regulating, monitoring and controlling the diamond industry, and would assist fellow members on a number of issues.

The Parliament has ratified the statutes of the ADPA, proving Namibia's willingness to be part of this watershed group.

"With regards to forming a syndicate, the attitude of many African producers today is that we want to be in control of our destiny.

We know that other people from other countries want our diamonds for their own growth and development agendas, and that some of their interests and our interests diverge," he said.

He went on to say pricing was a sensitive matter that affected all stakeholders, from the miners to retailers.

"Today price is no longer artificial and supply driven as in the days when De Beers had a huge stockpile and could dictate price...

That is why driving consumer demand is a major element in influencing price today."

This association does not come without its problems.

Hamutenya indicated that some diamond bigwigs in Belgium did not want to see the establishment of ADPA, but added that Africans were not fazed by this attitude.

"Many ADPA members are now averse to dictates from people with vested interests in our diamond industry.

At plenary in Luanda, we can talk about anything we want under the sun, as long as it has to do with our diamonds.

What members agree on is limited by the mandates they bring along from their capitals," said Hamutenya.

The Diamond Commissioner also noted that South Africa's new laws for the diamond mining sector would not affect the region negatively, but instead benefit diamond producers as they were a precedent in maximising benefits from SADC's natural resources.

"They (SA) are not in conflict with us.

Some of the things they want to do there are things we are doing here in Namibia.

That is why in our ADPA objectives we talk about harmonisation of our policies and legislation.

Our interests are very much aligned," he said.

ADPA's objectives include promoting cooperation among members in policies concerning exploration, mining, cutting and polishing, developing human resources, exchanging information between member states, trading and transforming conflict diamonds into diamonds of peace.

The Luanda meeting will also look into issues that continue to plague the industry such as conflict diamonds, beneficiation, the threat posed by synthetics and smuggling.

Angola, Botswana, DRC, Namibia and South Africa are said to have accounted for 60 per cent of last year's world diamond output.

Great News: Zimbabwe has been elected to head the UN's commission on Sustainable Economic Development (CSD) despite strong objections and insults from Western diplomats.

This position traditionally rotates through the regions of the world, with Africa next in line.

Africans unite! Don't let anybody push you around! Zimbabwe's candidacy is reported to have broad support within Africa. Zimbabwe's land reform ought to be emulated throughout Africa because without self-sufficiency, Africans will ever be condemned to roam around the world with their begging bowl!

Zimbabwe's Environment Minister Francis Nheme will now become chairman of the CSD, after being elected to the post on Friday 11.05.2007.

Zimbabwe orders extradition of Briton to Equatorial Guinea. The extradition will not violate international law.

A Zimbabwe court agreed on Wednesday 9.05.2007 to extradite a Briton to Equatorial Guinea to face coup plot charges, rejecting defence arguments he would not receive a fair trial and could be tortured.

Simon Mann, a former British special forces officer, has been held at a Zimbabwe prison since he was convicted in September 2004 of attempting to purchase weapons without a licence as part of a broader coup plot against Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

“WE WERE SIMPLY EN ROUTE, THAT IS, ON OUR WAY TO GUARD MINING OPERATIONS IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO.”

In March 2004, 70 men accused of plotting to overthrow the government of Equatorial Guinea pleaded guilty to security offences in a Zimbabwe court. Their ring leader was no other than Simon Mann, a former member of Britain'’ elite Special Air Service commando force who holds British and South African citizenship.

Mann actually purchased the weapons but admitted trying to procure dangerous weapons - a charge which carries a possible 10-year jail sentence. The men’s plane was impounded in March, when they picked up weapons bought from the Zimbabwe state arms supplier. All but three pleaded guilty to lesser charges. Simon Mann also entered a limited guilty plea to a second charge of purchasing weapons, but insisted that the deal never went through, Reuters news agency reported.

When prosecutors called Hope Mutize, the marketing manager at Zimbabwe’s state arms manufacturer to testify, he told the court that Mr Mann had said he wanted to buy some weapons - and had put a deposit down.

“According to him, he wanted to use the weapons to guard mines in the DR Congo,” Mr Mutize said, according to AFP news agency. The group have maintained all along they were going to the Democratic Republic of Congo to provide security for mining operations. The governments of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Equatorial Guinea believe they were heading to the small, oil-rich country to overthrow the government.

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Newly elected French President Nicolas Sarkozy says he wants to help Africa!

Or is it Africa that is going to help him fulfill his mandate to create jobs and build a strong economy?

"We want to help Africa overcome diseases, hunger, poverty. We want Africa to live in peace," said the former xenophobe French interior minister and son of an immigrant himself, who deported millions of Africans to Africa from France and who as president wants to put a ceiling to the number of Africans who should emigrate to France.

"We want to help Africa...!" We have heard this mantra before from all kinds of do-gooders, Bob Geldorf and many others... So, there is nothing new under the sun!

The truth is, without the wealth of Africa, we know life would be very difficult in the West.

Sarkozy wants also to create a kind of Mediterranean Union between Northern African countries and the European Union to divide Sub-Saharan Africa from the Mahgreb. Divide and rule as usual!

"WE DON'T WANT THIS MAN TO BE OUR AMBASSADOR!

WHO APPOINTED HIM AS OUR AMBASSADOR AND HOW CAN HE BECOME OUR AMBASSADOR WITHOUT CONSULTING US FIRST? AND EVEN IF HE CONSULTED US, WE WOULDN'T WANT A WAR CRIMINAL TO BE OUR AMBASSADOR!

We read that Tony Blair is to become a roving ambassador in Africa and the Middle East when he leaves Downing Street in an attempt to rebuild his tarnished reputation (Daily Telegraph, London, 4.05.2007).

The Daily Telegraph discloseD that the Prime Minister is to spurn the chance to earn up to £10 million a year ($20 million) on the international lecture circuit by concentrating on raising money for his new Blair Foundation, which will fund humanitarian work in Africa.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Mr Blair has also agreed to a request from President George W Bush that he will fly in to the Middle East when requested as a special envoy to try to revive the stalled peace process.

This article is revealing about Blair status as Bush's poodle. Tony Blair has been requested by George Bush, his boss, to fly in to the Middle East when requested as a special envoy to try to revive the stalled peace process. Britain and America however have always backed the Zionist state of Israel, armed with weapons of mass destruction, to the detriment of the Palestinian people. Even Cheryl Blair said that she understood young Palestinian suicide bombers who strapp bombed around their bellies et blow themselves to death.

Blair who said recently that the rising China and India represented stratégic threats for the West wants to devote the rest of his political life to "helping Africa and the Middle East", sorry "wants to keep Africa and the Middle East in checks". Is the scramble for Africa not over?

How can a war criminal be our ambassador? The fact that Bush and Blair invaded Iraq for no valid reason - except to get the oil and get rich - is a crime against humanity, because more than one million Iraqis have died as a result.

What about Blair and Bush's African wars fought on the basis of the "divide and rule policy", the sale of arms to Africans to kill each other, the military bases thay are building in Africa to control Africa's land and African resources, the corruption of African leaders so that they can bring African people's money to Western banks...? Western imperialists are behind the wars in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Démocratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia... you name it.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo particularly, Blair fully masterminded Rwanda and Uganda's invasion of the Democratic Republic of Congo from 1998 onward... a war aof aggression during which 5 millions Congolese were massacred, and Congo's natural and mineral resources systematically looted, especially colatn for mobile phones, computers and so on! Up to now Museveni and Kagame enjoy complete impunity! Up to now, not Britain, not America, not Germany, Belgium... or any other Westerns countries have dared to launch an investigation into the involvement of their multinationals in the looting of Congo's natural and mineral resources, a war which has made them very rich in the 21st century. Who said slavery is over! Who said Africa needs the doubling of aid? It is Africa's wealth that keeps rich countries going!

KIGALI FEELS THE HEAT!

BUT JUST HANG ON THERE NOW KAGAME! YOU HAVE NOT ANSWERED FOR THE OTHER GENOCIDE, THAT IS, THE 5 MILLIONS CONGOLESE YOU MASSACRED BETWEEN 1998-2003! TIME WILL COME FOR THAT!

"The government cannot function properly, as officials like the army chief-of-staff are unable to travel abroad", lamented Rwanda's justice minister recently.

Rwanda has therefore asked the International Court of Justice to quash French arrest warrants issued against nine associates of President Paul Kagame.

The warrants were issued in November after anti-terrorist French Judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere implicated Mr Kagame in his predecessor's killing.

Judge Bruguiere has said that only Mr Kagame's Tutsi-dominated Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) forces had missiles capable of downing President Habyarimana's plane. He said the attack was carefully planned by the RPF.

Very Important: Keith Harmon Snow talks with Paul Rusesabagina, the ordinary man who inspired the film Hotel Rwanda. You can read the interview by consulting the following link: www.towardfreedom.com

Corruption: Americans lead the way! Not just Americans, the cash-for-peerages affair is still talk of the day in Britain.

Just after the Enron scandal, former Pentagon N02 Chief and World Bank President Paul D. Wolfowitz apologized today for his role in granting raises to a bank staffer with whom he was romantically involved, saying he should have stayed out of the matter.

Embattled World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz apologized today for his role in getting his girlfriend, Shaha Ali Riza, a job with the Bush administration that gave her more than $60,000 a year in raises and a salary greater than that of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, saying that he would accept any decision the bank's board makes, including forced resignation.

'I made a mistake, for which I am sorry,' Wolfowitz told reporters at a press conference.

The bank's is due to meet to decide his fate. It is unclear when a decision will be made, but already his staff have already distanced themselves from him, leaving him isolated!

Meanwhile the bank ethics committee, citing conflict of interest regulations, ruled that she had to leave the institution. It agreed to give her a pre-departure promotion to compensate for the career disruption

What is shocking is the fact that President Bush says he still has confidence in Wolfowitz! What does that mean?

THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO HOLDS "THE KEY TO WESTERN CIVILISATION"

The USA and Britain want the lion's share of Congo's natural and mineral resources.

It was Joseph Robinson, an american mercenary arrested and freed in Congo before the first round of elections there who spelled it out when he said on his arrival to Orlando: "Congo holds the key to the whole western civilisation, politically and geopolitically."

"With changes on the international scene actually and the state of world markets, I think that Africa - most specifically the central african part - holds the key, geologically and politically," said Robinson.

You have heard it from the horse's own mouth! Remember the first atomic bomb which devastated Hiroshima and Nagasaki months after the Japanese have surrendered? It was made out of uranium from Congo.

Moreover, "in terms of natural and mineral resources, Congo's potential is enormous", said the US Ambassador to Kinshasa, américain à Kinshasa, Roger Meece, in an interview accorded to Washington File on 31.05.2006. And so...?

The IMF, the World Bank's relationaship with Congo is warming up again and Congo's foreign debt has quadrupled from $12 billions. What people need to know is that the people of Congo want to deal with the rest of the world only on its own terms. It's time Congo dictated its own terms.

Please read an excellent report by Black Agenda Report, the journal of African American political though and action, titled: "Africa – Where the Next US Oil Wars Will Be?!"

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Order in DR Congo had to be restored at 'any cost': President Kabila

KINSHASA (AFP) - Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila on Monday defended the use of force to quash what he described as an armed rebellion by militia loyal to former vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba.

"Order had to be restored at any cost," Kabil said after deadly clashes last week in the capital Kinshasa that left 120 dead and 150 seriously wounded.

In his first statement since the fighting, Kabila said that Bemba's fighters had been intent on seizing control of the capital, and that the dispute was military rather than political.

"You do not guarantee security through negotiation," he told reporters, in an apparent response to calls from the United Nations, the African Union and various countries for a dialogue between the two sides.

About 2,000 troops had fought Bemba's 700 fighters in the Gombe district of the capital on Thursday and Friday.

Bemba, who lost the presidential election in October to Kabila, had refused to have his vice-presidential bodyguard integrated into the regular army, arguing that his personal security could not be guaranteed.

The former rebel leader took refuge in the South African embassy in Kinshasa on Thursday.

Kabila accused Bemba of trying to put himself above the law. "It was totally unacceptable ... and the law has put him in his place," he added.

But he refused to say what would happen to his former vice-president, saying that a "judicial procedure" had been launched.

The government on Friday said that Bemba was being charged with high treason. Most of his fighters have fled or agreed to join government forces, but 107 took refuge at the United Nations mission here, the UN said.

Kabila also denied any intention to make DR Congo a one-party state.

"I would be the last person to violate the constitution. Setting up a single party smacks of high treason," he said.

He reassured elected members of Bemba's opposition Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC), some of whom claimed to have been threatened.

"The constitution will be respected," Kabila said, referring to guarantees of expression, assembly and demonstration. "The deputies of the MLC can rest easy."

Kabila added, "I am the guarantor of the constitution. I must ensure the security of 60 million Congolese."

The Western media and Zimbabwe

Take what the western media say about Zimbabwe and Mugabe with a pinch of salt. Not long ago, Britsish media reported that Mugabe's daughter who is studying at the University of London should be deported. But there is no Mugabe's daughter at the University of London. How can you deport a ghost person?

Mugabe gets backing of party for five more years

The Times, London, 31.03.2007: Jan Raath in Harare

Zimbabwe’s ruling party last night endorsed Robert Mugabe as its presidential candidate in next year’s elections, despite fierce opposition within its own ranks and mounting public discontent fuelled by a collapsing economy.

State radio said that the central committee of President Mugabe’s Zanu (PF) party had decided to hold the presidential, parliamentary and local government elections simultaneously. Thus MPs and senators elected in 2005 for a five-year term have had their tenure cut by two years so that Mr Mugabe can stand for another five-year term. If he wins, he could rule the country until he is 89.

Addressing the central committee meeting, Mr Mugabe declared that his Southern African neighbours had given him “full backing” at their summit this week for his handling of the Zimbabwean crisis. He also scorned declarations around the world that his 27-year rule, which has brought the country to its knees, was now “at a tipping point”. In recent weeks one man has been shot dead by police and hundreds savagely beaten, including Morgan Tsvangirai, the opposition leader, as the Government has stamped on a growing surge of discontent.

After an extraordinary summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on Thursday night, Mr Mugabe emerged asserting that it had been “an excellent meeting”. The leaders appointed Thabo Mbeki, the South African President, to negotiate between Zanu (PF) and Mr Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change. They also called on Europe to lift its sanctions, and for Britain to compensate white farmers for land seized from them in Mr Mugabe’s lawless “revolutionary land reform programme” and to ift sanctions.

Zimbabwe blames “illegal Western sanctions” for the country’s economic collapse, although they are exclusively personal, restricted to a ban on travel to and investment in most Western countries by little more than 100 senior officials of Mr Mugabe’s Government and ruling party.

“The matter [SADC’s discussion of Zimbabwe] was simple,” he said. “We got full backing of the leaders. Not even one of them criticised our actions. There is no one in SADC that can stand up and fault Zimbabwe, because there we have full friendship and cooperation.”

He said that had been “truthful” about Mr Tsvangirai’s assault on March 11 as police violently broke up a planned prayer rally by pro-democracy groups.

“I told them, ‘Yes, he was beaten’. I told them the truth, that he went to police after hearing that some of his people had been arrested. He was beaten because, earlier, police had been attacked by MDC supporters. I told the police beat him a lot. He asked for it.”

Of remarks by the US and Britain, Mr Mugabe said: “Both the Governments of Bush and Blair think that we have reached what they term a ‘tipping point’. We will emerge stronger.” The Mugabe Government has been accused of imposing illegal curfews, banning meetings and arresting hundreds of pro-democracy activists in its clampdown. The country is in the grip of the world’s worst inflation — of 1,700 per cent — and the situation is worsened by food shortages as agricultural output sinks towards precolonial levels.

In contrast to Mr Mugabe’s claim of full backing from SADC, independent press reports said that he had run into hostility in the closed session when only the leaders were present. The weekly Zimbabwe Independent, quoting unnamed diplomatic sources, said the leaders were “brutally frank behind closed doors, but stick together for solidarity purposes” in public.

Please read an excellent report of the situation in Zimbabwe, by Gregory Elich of the Global Research/Centre for Research on Globalisation, published on 13.04.2007 and titled: The Battle over Zimbabwe’s Future!

Stephen Gowan also writes about "Zimbabwe's Lonely Fight for Justice"

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Sunday 25 March 2007 marks 200 years - to the day - that a Parliamentary Bill was passed to begin the abolition of the slave trade in the then (‘so Called’) British Empire. 1807 was the beginning of the long road to the eventual abolition of Capture, Inhuman Treatment, Slave labour, Torture, Rape, Murder, Psychological brainwashing, altering of true history (where it became his-story) leading to exclusion, disillusion & the inevitable erosion of the black people’s historic cultural & the destruction of the blessed Motherland.

Please remember: slavery itself continued after 1807 and the Caribbean slaves had to literally continue the fight and did not gain their final freedom until 1838, after many more lives were lost.

If there is one thing we all do – it must be to educate our children of their rich heritage (without excuse), and teach them that killing their brothers & sisters is a continuation of the implanted slave mentality!

The commemoration coincides with the 50th anniversary of the European Union. European powers met in Berlin for a big party. In Berlin of all places, where the Europeans at the Berlin Conference sheared Africa like a lamb! What have they planned for Africa in the next 200 years this time? But Africa will not be a casualty forever.

New Book: "A Short History of Slavery" by James Walvin: Slavery at the heart of Britain’s wealth!

On the occasuion of the 200th anniversary of the official abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, James Walvin suggests that the economic viability of newly-colonised parts of North America was due to the use of slaves working on plantations. Indigenous “Indians” lacked the immunity to survive the infections brought by the white colonisers, and those who did, refused to work for the invaders of their lands.

James Walvin's book is published by Penguin books.

The 8th of March is the International Women's day. Congo Panorama calls for a special tribunal for Congo to try those responsible of crimes against humanity, especially Museveni and Kagame who used rape as a weapon of war in Congo.

Rape has become a defining characteristic of the five-year war in the DRC, according to Anneke Van Woudenberg, the Congo specialist for Human Rights Watch. So, too, has mutilation of the victims.

"Last year, I was stunned when a 30-year-old woman in North Kivu had her lips and ears cut off and eyes gouged out after she was raped, so she couldn't identify or testify against her attackers. Now, we are seeing more and more such cases," she says.

As the troops of coccupation from Rwanda and Uganda constantly sought new ways to terrorize, their barbarity became more frenzied.

I, too, was sickened by what I saw and heard. In three decades of covering war, I had never before come across the cases described to me by Congolese doctors, such as gang-rape victims having their labia pierced and then padlocked.

"They usually die of massive infection," I was told.

Based on personal testimonies collected by Human Rights Watch, it is estimated that as many as 30 percent of rape victims are sexually tortured and mutilated during the assaults, usually with spears, machetes, sticks or gun barrels thrust into their vaginas.

Increasingly, the trigger is being pulled. About 40 percent of rape victims, usually the younger ones, aged 8 to 19, are abducted and forced to become sex slaves.

"The country is in an utter state of lawlessness; it's complete anarchy," says Woudenberg. "In this culture of impunity, people know they can get away with anything. Every armed group is equally culpable."

In the Congo, rape is a cheaper weapon of war than bullets. Experts estimate that some 60 percent of all combatants in the DRC are infected with HIV/AIDS. As women rarely have access to expensive antiretroviral drugs, sexual assaults all too often become automatic death sentences.

Médecins Sans Frontières operates five health clinics offering antiretrovirals in the conflict zone of northeastern DRC, but many women don't know about the drugs and cannot travel safely to the centers. Moreover, according to Helen O'Neill, a nurse who set up MSF's sexual-violence treatment program, such drugs must be taken within forty-eight to seventy-two hours of the rape to prevent infection.

If a woman has been exposed to the virus, the treatment is 80 percent effective. But in the Congo, rape victims who are not captive sex slaves must walk for days or weeks, often with massive injuries, and risk new capture by roving rebel bands, before reaching assistance.

"So far, 30 percent of rape victims being treated at our hospital are infected with HIV/AIDS," says Dr. Denis Mukwege, the French-trained medical director of the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu. "And nearly 50 percent are infected with venereal diseases like syphilis that greatly increase their chances of contracting HIV."

Rape as a weapon of war is as old as war itself. What has changed recently is that sexual violence is no longer considered just a byproduct of conflict but is being viewed as a war crime, says Jessica Neuwirth, president of Equality Now, a New York-based international women's human rights organization. "Rape as a violation of war was codified in the Geneva Convention, but only now is it being taken seriously. But it is still not effectively prosecuted, not proportional to the extent that sexual violence takes place," she says. Armed forces now have a legal obligation to stop rape and hold the offenders accountable. "This is a major shift in consciousness. But it needs to be followed by a major shift in conduct," says Neuwirth.

In the DRC, rape is used to terrorize, humiliate and punish the enemy. Frequently husbands, fathers and children are forced to watch and even participate. Women sexually assaulted by members of one rebel organization are accused of being the wives of that group and raped again as punishment when a new militia takes over the area. "It's happened repeatedly to the women of Shabunda in the far east of the Congo, every time the region has changed hands," says Woudenberg.

Blood Diamond: Africa is the battle ground between Lebanese and Israeli diamond dealers

In Sierra Leone, Congo and elsewhere, Israeli and Lebanese are outdoing each other for diamond concessions!

Blood Diamond! A must see! Set against the backdrop of civil war and chaos in 1990's Sierra Leone, Danny Archer, a South African mercenary, and Solomon Vandy, a Mende fisherman are joined in a common quest to recover a rare pink diamond that can transform their lives.

While in prison for smuggling, Archer learns that Solomon--who was taken from his family and forced to work in the diamond fields--has found and hidden the extraordinary rough stone. With the help of Maddy Bowen, an American journalist whose idealism is tempered by a deepening connection with Archer, the two men embark on a trek through rebel territory--a journey that could save Solomon's family and give Archer the second chance he thought he would never have.

Ghana, the first african country to shake off the yoke of colonialism celebrates this year its 50th anniversary of Independence.

The Congopanorama will take part in all the celebrations in London because we see in this anniversary the celebration of panafricanism and African Unity of which Nkrumah was an architect. We see the hand of Kwame Nkrumah who memtored Patrice Lumumba.

"Today, a new Africa is born," Nkrumah said on the day of independence. " But the independence of Ghana is meaningless without the independence of the whole of the African continent" - Kwame Nkrumah

"History will one day have its say; it will not be the history taught in the United Nations, Washington, Paris, or Brussels, however, but the history taught in the countries that have rid themselves of colonialism and its puppets. Africa will write its own history, and both north and south of the Sahara it will be a history full of glory and dignity" - Patrice Lumumba

"Congo's been bleeding to death for five centuries," John le Carré has a character declare in his new Africa novel, The Mission Song:

"Fucked by the Arab slavers, fucked by their fellow Africans, fucked by the United Nations, the CIA, the Christians, the Belgians, the French, the Brits, the Rwandans, the diamond companies, the gold companies, the mineral companies, half the world's carpetbaggers, their own government in Kinshasa, and any minute now they're going to be fucked by the oil companies. Time they had a break . . ."

Time they had a break, indeed.

But no way! According to the latest report of the UN Experts on the illégal exploitation of Congo's natural and mineral resources, 95% of gold produced in Congo go to Kampala. 30.000 Congolese work in gold mines for $5 a day. 7 to 10 cargo planes, full of gold, diamond, coltan and tin (10 tons per plane) fly daily from Goma airport to Rwanda and Uganda> Congo's gold from South Kivu goes to Burundi. What a shame!

New book: "CHIEF OF STATION, CONGO: Fighting the Cold War in a Hot Zone by LAWRENCE DEVLIN

Former CIA officer who masterminded Lumumba's terrrosist and savage assassination writes a blagging book about his victim.

After killing Patrice Lumumba, this is what Larry Devlin (Larry who? Larry Devilish?), has to say by way of presentation of his book:

Note Mobutu's picture on the cover of the book. But a new book about Mobutu has just come out, titled: "In Beyond the Storm: Treating the Powerless and the Powerful in Mobutu's Congo/Zaire", by Dr. William T. Close, an American surgeon.

A Note from LARRY DEVLIN

I was once asked why I wrote about my life and experiences in the Congo to the exclusion of other areas and assignments that were of importance and certainly of considerable interest. The Congo experience was unique in that it began in the relatively early days of the Cold War. It was also unique and particularly challenging as it was an area little known or understood in Washington.

The United States generally depended upon the colonial powers prior to 1960 to provide information on the area and to prevent the Soviets and Bloc nations from infiltrating Africa. All of this changed within a few days in the summer of 1960. We suddenly found ourselves in a face-to-face showdown with the Soviet Union.

We were not prepared, but we had to block their efforts to infiltrate, subvert, influence or dominate key areas of Africa. This had to be accomplished rapidly, but, even more important, this had to be done with the weapons of the Cold War.

It was to achieve our national objectives and yet avoid a Hot War that we were forced to use the intelligence techniques and operations that I recommended and employed in the Congo, but not those recommended by Washington in the PROP operation. I realize full well that persons who have not borne such a responsibility may find it difficult to accept some of my methods. My generation had seen Hitler in action. We regarded Stalin and those who followed him to be just as dangerous as Hitler. We had to defeat this new threat.

The new UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, on a five-day tour of Africa - his first official foreign trip since taking office - says In Kinshasa, the capital of the DRC: "There could be no democracy without justice."

The UN Secretary General just repeated what we were saying for a very long time now: there is need for a special criminal tribunal for Congo to try those responsible for crimes against humanity following a genocide of 5 millions Congolese by Tutsi troops from Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi with the complicity of former Rwandan refugees, the so-called Tutsi Congolese of Rwandan origin and some so-called Congolese rebel puppets; as well as those responsible for looting Congo's natural and mineral resources. The UN must invest itself in this endeavour because "there is no democracy without justice".

A VERY PAINFUL DOUBLE ANNIVERSARY

16th January and 17th January: A very painful double anniversary in Congo when we commemorate the assassinations of Laurent Désiré Kabila and Patrice Lumumba respectively. Americans still have a "big package" for Congo (...).

For refusing to sell their potentially rich country to the UN, IMF, to the World Bank, to well-known superpowers and multinationals for a song, Kabila and Lumumba were assassinated almost in exactly the same date by the same «agency» using African hands and almost exactly in the same scenario: orchestrated wars by proxi against the people of Congo.

In their footsteps, we will always walk till the complete liberation of the Congolese and African people from imperialism.

Multilateral institutions such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank will offer no reprieve to the Congo, as they have been equally culpable in facilitating the exploitation of the riches of the Congo.

In the November 26, 2006 Financial Times article by Dino Mahtani entitled “World Bank faces questions over Congo mining contracts”, it is reported that the bank ran the risk of "perceived complicity and/or tacit approval" of mining deals signed with a "complete lack of transparency."

These deals are worth billions of dollars and account for 75 percent of Gecamines assets, which contain some of the world’s richest deposits of copper. After decades of working with the IMF and World Bank during the Mobutu era, the Congo was saddled with a $14 billion debt; currently at $10 billion.

If these institutions were not complicit in the kleptocratic practices of Mobutu they were at the very least grossly negligent. These institutions’ own reports illustrate that their track record produces more impoverishment than empowerment. Yet they are still proffered as part of the solution to the Congo’s woes. The best that the Congo can hope for when dealing with these institutions is continued indebtedness and the acceleration of the selling off of the country’s assets under the guise of privatization.

No fundamental change has taken place in the Congo since Lumumba’s slaying and none will occur until the Congolese people truly control their resources and freely utilize them for their own benefit and that of Africa at-large.

Lumumba said in his last letter to his wife “I know, and feel in my heart, that sooner or later my people will shake off all enemies, inside and outside our land, and they will rise as one man to say "no" to the shame and degradation of colonialism and to assume once again their dignity under clear skies.”

A bit of history: Africa is not only the cradle of humanity, it the cradle of all civilisations. The Pharaons of Egypt were both kings and priests.

See these pictures and compare who gave what to who!

Ancient Egypt has bequeathed to us a number of monuments. There are the popes of the Catholic Church who were mummified, not forgetting the influence of the new science of Egyptology on biblical chronology.

Rwandan Tutsi refugees now granted Congolese citizenship slaughter the last rare mountain gorillas in eastern Congo - Conservationsits.

Rwandan Tutsi refugees now granted Congolese citizenship but still launching a rebellion in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have killed and eaten two silverback mountain gorillas, conservationists have said, warning that they fear more of the endangered animals may have been slaughtered in the Virunga Park.

Only about 700 mountain gorillas remain in the world, 380 of them spread across a range of volcanic mountains straddling the borders of Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda in Central Africa.

One dismembered gorilla corpse was found Tuesday in a pit latrine in Congo's Virunga National Park, a few hundred yards from a park patrol post that was abandoned because of rebel attacks, according to the London-based Africa Conservation Fund. Another was killed in the area Jan. 5, said the group, which based its report on conservationists in the field.

The group blamed rebels loyal to Rwandan Tutsi warlord Laurent Nkunda for the latest killing.

Nkunda is a renegade soldier who infilitrated the Congolese army and commands thousands of fighters in the vast country's east who have in recent years assaulted cities and clashed with government forces.

Silverbacks are older adult males and usually group leaders, though some are loners.

Black South Africans grow impatient over pace of change: Is Robert Mugabe right after all?

By Caroline Southey in Johannesburg, Published: Financial Times, January 5 2007.

“You can’t trust the white men any more,” says South African businessman Peter Vundla. “They’ve been behaving badly for years. This is why the country needs a set of rules that tells white business, ‘This is how you need to behave’.”

Mr Vundla’s bluntness is symptomatic of a growing impatience among black South Africans at the slow pace of economic change in a country still bedevilled by large wealth disparities between black and white.

More than 12 years after the African National Congress took political power, big business still remains largely in white hands, with just over 3 per cent of the market capitilisation of the Johannesburg stock exchange owned directly by black South Africans...

RWANDA AND UGANDA UNDER TUTSI REGIMES ARE ROGUE STATES, BUT THEY NEVER APPEARED ON PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH’S “AXIS OF EVIL” LIST.

THIS DESPITE THE FACT THAT RWANDA'S KAGAME’S LINKS WITH AL-QAEDA WERE PROVEN.

Report by AfroAmerica Network, Washington, DC. USA. August 10, 2002.

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Holed up in Garamba Park, Northeastern Congo, the LRA slautering rare rhinos and gorillas.

Apple unveils its long-awaited iPhone, pledging to revolutionise the mobile phone market.

1. Mobile phones are made out of coltan, short for columbite-tantalite: a valuable black mineral combining niobite and tantalite; used in cell phones and computer chips.

2. The Democratic Republic of Congo boasts 80% of the world’s reserves of coltan.

3. From 1998-2003, more than 5 million people have been massacred in a silent genocide in the Democratic Republic of Congo by Rwandan, Ugandan and Burundian Tutsi troops with the complicity of some Congolese rebel puppets, who carried out this genocide as proxies of well known superpowers and multinationals in order to loot Congo's tremendous natural and mineral resources, which outsiders are try.ing to get their hands on, especially the mineral coltan, which is essential to the mobile phone industry.

President Paul Kagame of Rwanda is the only African president who does not know what Francophonie and the Commonwealth have in common.

For Kagame, Francophonie is more «anti-african» than the Commonwealth (which Rwanda is joining soon) and Africans should form a coalition against it. But both organisations are the legacy of Western colonialism in Africa, aren't they?!

Kagame who orchestrated the genocide in Rwanda to seize power as an international arrest warrant against him has just been issued by French anti-terrorist judge Jean Louis Bruguière has proven; as well as his reponsibility in the genocide of 5 millions Congolese, told Ivorian journalists on a visit to Rwanda that, and I quote:

"We must form a coalition to be be able to counteract against every anti-african adversaries to which we are confronted, be it France or any other. France, evidently come first on the list of those who display an anti-african attitude."

Rwanda, a former French-speaking belgian colony will soon join the British Commonwealth (Algeria is also applying), an association of former British colonies that provides a forum for international cooperation and promotion of democracy.

Rwanda, like Mozambique a former Portuguese colony, is joining three years after Zimbabwe pulled out of the Commonwealth, citing ""the racist and colonial" politics that had come to dominate the decision-making process within it".

Ugandan Tutsi troops on the ready to go and rape, loot and kill in Somalia as they are doing in Congo! Beware!

Yoweri Museveni, the Ugandan president said on Thursday 4.01.2007, at a joint news conference in Addis Ababa with Meles Zenawi, Ethiopian prime minister, that Uganda is ready to provide 2,000 peacekeepers for the force.

“The troops are ready but I have to consult the speaker of parliament. As soon as parliament approves, they will be sent to Somalia,” he said.

Beware! They may come as wolf in sheep’s clothing. They have just raped score of women in Congo leaving 60% of them infected with HIV, massacred 5 millions Congolese and looted Congo's natural and mineral resources with the blessing of well known multinationals and superpowers!

Without dealing with Congo's recent past, democracy will mean nothing!

If there is no special tribunal set up to try all responsible for crimes against humanity in Congo and the looting of Congo's natural and mineral resources, Congo's recent past will come back to haunt us!

For instance the Congolese government cannot negotiate with renegate General Laurent Nkunda, a former Tutsi refugee in Congo from Rwanda now wanted for crimes against humanity at the Hague, at the same same time the international Court of Justice keeps Thomas Lubanga, another criminal in jail. One criminal is not different from another.

If Nkunda is Congolese, why would Rwandan President Paul Kagame interfere in a Congolese affair and propose his mediation?

George W. Bush plays Father Christmas in Congo

At least $52 million annually for fiscal years 2006 and 2007 will be provided to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) under legislation signed December 22 by President Bush. These funds are intended to enhance the United States' and international organizations' efforts to fight political, social and economic challenges facing the African nation.

What we say is that it is not enough for the EU, Belgium, Germany, the USA, Great Britain... to dish out handouts to Congo. What these countries need to do first of all is to launch investigations into the involvement of their multinationals in the looting of Congo's natural and mineral resources during the war of invasion. Why have they refused to do so, so far? Why are they sweeping it under the carpet?

The questions that need to be answered:

Who sent Museveni and Kagame to murder 5 million people in Congo? The Answer is Britain and America. Is a special criminal tribunal for Congo going to be set up so that crimes against humnaity in Congo do not go unpunished?

In this photo, you can see Rumsfeld meeting Saddam Hussein. Who armed Saddam Hussein, the now hanged cruel and brutal dictator (just like Mobutu was) ? The answer is: Britain and America. Are they going to have Museveni and Kagame hanged for the evil job they did in Congo on their behalf?

It all went sawer when Saddam nationalised oil in 1972 and consencrated revenues for thye development of his country which earned three medals from Unesco for eradicating anaphalbetism.

Robert Fisk revisits the circumstances that resulted in Saddam Hussein's rise to power, and asks, "Who encouraged Saddam to invade Iran in 1980, which was the greatest war crime he has committed for it led to the deaths of a million and a half souls? And who sold him the components for the chemical weapons with which he drenched Iran and the Kurds? We did. No wonder the Americans, who controlled Saddam's weird trial, forbad any mention of this, his most obscene atrocity, in the charges against him. Could he not have been handed over to the Iranians for sentencing for this massive war crime? Of course not. Because that would also expose our culpability."

According to Information ClearingHouse.Info:

1. Number Of Iraqi Civilians Slaughtered In America's Rape Of Iraq - At Least 655,000 + +

2. Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America's Rape Of Iraq 3,004

3. Cost of America's War in Iraq: $355,386,170,678

Good News: Four men, Vincent Bajinya, Charles Munyaneza, Célestin Ugirashebuja et Emmanuel Nteziryayo, accused of taking part in the Rwanda genocide in 1994 have been remanded in custody by UK magistrates.

Bad news: The British government is shielding the Tutsi governments in Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi from accountability, knowing well that they, since 2.08.1998, invaded Congo, killing 5 millions Congolese and looting Congo’s natural and mineral resources.

The British government refuses to acknowledge that the International Court of Justice ruled on 19.12.2005 that Uganda must pay compensation to the Democratic Republic of Congo for invading, raping and looting during the 1998-2003 war. Congo must be compensated and Ugandans agents responsible for crimes against humanity in Congo will soon appear in court at the Hague.

The British government also refuses to acknowledge that French anti-terrorist judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere recently signed an international arrest warrants for President of Kagme of Rwanda and nine of Mr Kagame's close aides who should stand trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), set up to try those responsible for the 1994 genocide. Kagame freely travelled to Britain recently.

Rwanda's two most senior generals - armed forces chief James Kabarebe and army chief-of-staff Charles Kayonga - are among the nine aides acused by the judge of involvement in the downing of the plane carrying Habyarimana and his Burundi counterpart Cyprien Ntaryamira on 6 April 1994, a terrorist act which kick started the genocide. John Grang, First vice President of Sudan died recently in similar circumstances after meeting Museveni.

The French judge is preparing a similar international arrest warrant against Museveni who supplied Kagame and other terrorists responsible for a genocide of 5 million Congolese, with the missile that was used to down the presidential plane.

16.12.2006: The Great Lakes summit: Joseph Kabila’s Congo begins to re-affirm itself in the concert of the nations.

Joseph Kabila is rightly walking in the footsteps of Patrice Lumumba, Pierre Mulele and Laurent Désiré Kabila.

Joseph Kabila’s retort to Museveni. We analyse his speech. The Tutsification of power in the Great Lakes Region has failed! For a lasting peace and development in the region, the "detutsification of power" is an absolute necessity.

1. Subtle as he is, Ugandan president Museveni wanted to insert a clause in the pact that would allow countries to pursue rebels based in neighbouring states, after a request from Uganda's leader. Yoweri Museveni has said the roots of the bloodshed are rebel groups based in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The clause was rejected by other Heads of State.

That is not true! Analysing his speech, Joseph Kabila indirectly retorted to Museveni saying that "the root of the problem in the region is the lack of democratisation of political life in Rwanda (Hutu and Tutsi should share power together there and not always slaughter each other and it always spill over in Congo) and in Uganda like the DRC and Burundi. Democratisation in Rwanda and Uganda is the key solution to the region’s woes".

Moreover, the whole international community knows that Rwanda and Uganda are still looting Congo’s natural and mineral resources by proxi, arming militia in eastern Congo to do the job. They also harbour criminals such as the so-called Congolese Tutsi of Rwandan origin Nkunda and Mutebusi even if they are wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity they have committed.

Joseph Kabila said that “a platform has instead now been created which will enable all of us to find solutions to our immediate and future problems”.

As a reminder, the International Court of Justice ruled on 19.12.2005 that Uganda must pay compensation to the Democratic Republic of Congo for invading, raping and looting during the 1998-2003 war. Congo must be compensated and Ugandans agents responsible for crimes against humanity in Congo will soon appear in court at the Hague.

French judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere recently signed an international arrest warrants for President of Kagme of Rwanda and nine of Mr Kagame's close aides who should stand trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), set up to try those responsible for the 1994 genocide.

Rwanda's two most senior generals - armed forces chief James Kabarebe and army chief-of-staff Charles Kayonga - are among the nine aides acused by the judge of involvement in the downing of the plane carrying Habyarimana and his Burundi counterpart Cyprien Ntaryamira on 6 April 1994, a terrorist act which kick started the genocide. John Grang, First vice President of Sudan died recently in similar circumstances after meeting Museveni.

The French judge is preparing a similar international arrest warrant against Museveni who supplied Kagame and other terrorists responsible for a genocide of 5 million Congolese, with the missile that was used to down the presidential plane.

2. Joseph Kabila condemned the politics of plunder used by Tutsi governments in Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi who since 2.08.1998, invaded Congo, killing 5 millions Congolese and looting Congo’s natural and mineral resources.

“This pact must inaugurate a new era: an era of the end of every illegal exploitation of Congo’s natural and mineral resources and replaced with a genuine exchange between nations on the basis of the respect of principles of international law,” Kabila said.

3. Joseph Kabila stressed that Congo is now set to play its role as "the economic engine of Africa (Congo’s contribution to the new development fund for the region was the biggest, $1 million).

“We would like to affirm that we are determined to consolidate peace and security in the region and implement the politics of true economic development and regional integration in a way that will enable Congo to play the role conferred to it by its geographic position and its natural resources,” said Kabila.

4. Joseph Kabila, like Patrice Lumumba and his late father and predecessor Laurent Désiré Kabila, stressed that the Congolese will count on their own efforts first, take their destiny into their own hands.

“We must not think that this Pact will provide magic solutions to our preoccupations,” said newly elected and youngest head of state in the region, Joseph Kabila.

6.12.2006: Joseph Kabila is sworn in as first democratically elected leader in 45 years after the savage assassination of Patrice Lumumba, Congo's only elected leader since independence! The New Congo Order begins here...

Congo is set to be the economic engine of the Africa continent. Africa is sick because Congo, its heart has been sick, it has not been beating well! And we all know why Congo has not been allowed to play its role as "the economic engine of Africa" since the slave trade,King Leopold's State terrorism and looting under the pretext of bringing christina civilisation to the people of Congo, the Arab slave trade, belgian colonisation, the murder of Lumumba, Mobutu's bloody and kleptocratic regime, a war of agression against Congo by Tutsi troops from Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi, supported by well known superpowers and multinationals with the complicity of South Africa and the so-called Congolese rebels and the so-called Congolese Tutsi, those former refugees from Rwanda who betrayed our hospitality!

The Congolese people are now able to write a new chapter in their history, take their destiny into their own hand, fulfilling what Patrice Lumumba and Laurent Désiré Kabila said:

The Republic of the Congo has been proclaimed, and our country is now in the hands of its children. Together, my brothers, my sisters, we are going to begin a new struggle, a sublime struggle, which will lead our country to peace, prosperity, and greatness.Together, we are going to establish social justice and make sure everyone has just remuneration for his labor [applause].

We are going to show the world what the black man can do when he works in freedom, and we are going to make of the Congo the center of the sun's radiance for all of Africa. We are going to keep watch over the lands of our country so that they truly profit her children. We are going to restore ancient laws and make new ones which will be just and noble.

We are going to put an end to suppression of free thought and see to it that all our citizens enjoy to the full the fundamental liberties foreseen in the Declaration of the Rights of Man [applause]. We are going to rule not by the peace of guns and bayonets but by a peace of the heart and will [applause]. And for all that, dear fellow countrymen, be sure that we will count not only on our enormous strength and immense riches but on the assistance of numerous foreign countries whose collaboration we will accept if it is offered freely and with no attempt to impose on us an alien culture of no matter what nature [applause].

The Lion roars again!

28.11.2006: Joseph Kabila officially declared president of Congo by the Supreme Court, which rejected an appeal by rival candidate Jean Pierre Bemba. The people of Congo must celebrate. Lumumba, Laurent Désiré Kabila must be dancing in their graves (sorry! Lumumba has no grave as you know!)

The new government is due under accords among political parties to be headed by Antoine Gizenga, an 80-year-old political veteran who served under the first prime minister, Patrice Lumumba, after independence 41 years ago.

Lumumba's name still counted for something in the vote this year. The first prime minister was murdered in a power struggle that paved the way for decades of increasingly corrupt rule under Mobutu Sese Seko, who was ousted by Kabila's father in 1997.

25.11.2006: The Tutsi test the nerves of the New Congo army. Bemba and Ruberwa (a Tutsi now a vice president in Congo, although no longer because the interim government is over) fail to condemn the attack!

Still wanted at the international Criminal Court for crimes against humanity in Congo and after campaigning for Bemba during the recent elections, Laurent Nkunda, a general of the Tutsi tribe's loyalists backed by Rwandan and Ugandan troops and foreign mercenaries, on November 25 attacked the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the Sake area, North Kivu Province, killing three soldiers. Nkunda and his men have since this morning been repulsed, the localities of Tongo and Bambu in Rutshuru territory recaptured and the Congolese army is advancing to retake Sake and Kitchanga, Nkunda's headquarters. UN troops have deployed between the two frontlines.

In October 2005, soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo inspect a mass grave in Rutshuru, in the eastern Nord-Kivu province, where Nkunda operates. Now investigators have unearthed mass graves in the Democratic Republic of Congo containing the remains of around 30 civilians who went missing earlier in the year, a military prosecutor has said.

There is no reverse gear for Bemba, Ruberwa and all other criminals who were used for a genocide of 5 million people in Congo.

By putting the supreme court on fire, Bemba is just adding crimes upon crimes. Who has forgotten what he did during Mobutu's time and during the war of agression, including cannibalism?

The people have rejected them through the ballots, now the international justice is going to let the people of Congo down yet again by not prosecuting their killers.

It is unlikely that the Tutsi dogs of war will be prosecuted

Multinationals, superpowers, the Tutsi Museveni and Kagame planned the genocide in Rwanda and in Congo, executed it and are laughing about it after enriching themselves through the crime. The arrest warrants against them make survivors in Congo and Rwanda suffer even more because it is unlikely that the well protected Tutsi dogs of war will be prosecuted.

23.11.2006: A top French judge has called for Rwandan President Paul Kagame to be brought before a U.N. court for having been directly responsible for the 1994 plane crash that killed the country's president Juvenal Habyarima and his Burundian counterpart Cyprien Ntaryamira and sparked a genocide.

Anti-terrorism magistrate Jean-Louis Bruguiere is also seeking international arrest warrants for nine Kagame associates, including the current military's chief of staff, James Kabarebe who launched the invasion of Congo.

Paul Kagame and members of his military staff devised the operation" to destroy Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana's plane.

The Hutu leader's aircraft was hit by a missile as he returned to the capital Kigali from a summit and his death triggered a genocide of about 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus.

Graphic showing the results of the presidential election in the the Democratic Republic of Congo , won on Wednesday, 15.11.2006, by incumbent Joseph Kabila who took 58.05 percent of the votes.

The incumbent Joseph Kabila has therefore won the presidential election in the Democratic Republic of Congo , the Independent Electoral Commission said, announcing provisional results.

Kabila's challenger, former rebel leader and Mobutuist Jean Pierre Bemba took 49.1%. He lost and he has a case to answer at the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity committed by his rebel movement.

Ruberwa, leader of Rwandan masterminded RCD rebel movement and a Tutsi who came to Congo as a refugee, has also to answer for crimes against humanity during the war of invasion.

Bemba says he has rejected presidential election results that saw him defeated by Kabila in the Democratic Republic of Congo and said he would "use all legal channels" to contest them. Let us wait and see!

Kabila said that this was the victory of the people of Congo as a whole for a national reconstruction of all corners of Congo, making of Congo "the China of Africa by 2010".

Kabila said in his address that the Congolese army and authorities had been instructed to assure peace across the country.

FREDERIC ETSOU, THE CATHOLIC CARDINAL IN CONGO SAYS HE DOES NOT ACCEPT THE RESULTS OF THE ELECTIONS.

ABBE MALU MALU, A CATHOLIC PRIEST WHO PRESIDES OVER THE INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL COMMISSION, SAYS THE ELECTIONS WERE FREE AND FAIR AND KABILA IS IN THE LEAD. JUST BECAUSE HE COMES FROM MOBUTU'S TRIBE AND THEREFORE SUPPORTS BEMBA, CARDINAL ETSOU WANTS EVERYBODY IN CONGO TO SWALLOW HIS GOSPEL, WHICH IS NOT A CATHOLIC GOSPEL BUT A TRIBALISTIC GOSPEL!

There is no political capital and support for another post-electoral war internally in Congo, unless external forces yet again pull the strings behind the enemies of the State in Congo: Bemba abd the so-called Tutsi of Congolese origin. The international community is a witness.

Saturday 11.11.2006: Clashes have erupted between security forces and supporters of Bemba (photo, one of them wounded above), a presidential candidate in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital, Kinshasa.

Police said two civilians were killed in cross-fire after gunfire and explosions were heard near the offices of Vice President Jean Pierre Bemba.

Saturday's violence is said to have started when Mr Bemba's armed supporters took to the streets near his offices.

Police reportedly fired in the air to disperse the group, who had placed burning tyres in the streets to disrupt traffic.

Gun and heavy artillery fire has been heard, and reports say Mr Bemba's supporters are armed with mortars and rocket launchers.

According to the BBC's Arnaud Zajtman, many of them are high on drugs and half-naked, with a piece of red tissue on their head or their shoulder to differentiate them from the other soldiers.

According to the Reuters news agency, the government has threatened to despatch the army to quell the unrest.

"If this continues, the army will have to intervene to restore order," Interior Minister Denis Kalume told the agency.

UN and EU peacekeeping troops stationed in the city are also on alert

Fucked up by everybody, it is time the Congolese people had a break!!!

"Congo's been bleeding to death for five centuries," John le Carré has a character declare in his new Africa novel, The Mission Song.

"Fucked by the Arab slavers, fucked by their fellow Africans, fucked by the United Nations, the CIA, the Christians, The Belgians, the French, the Brits, the Rwandans, the diamond companies, the gold companies, the mineral companies, half the world's carpetbaggers, their own government in Kinshasa, and any minute now they're going to be fucked by the oil companies.

Time they had a break . . ."

KINSHASA (AFP) - President Joseph Kabila has taken a lead over his challenger, Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba, according to the first partial results from Congo's October 29 run-off.

Kabila had 61% of the vote compared to 39% for Bemba, official results showed. Turnout was 67%, with 65% of the votes counted, according to Independent Electoral Commission.

The electoral commission stressed that the results were provisional and could be subject to change. Full results are not expected until November 19 and the winner will be formally announced no later than November 30.

President Joseph Kabila has told the BBC he will accept the result of the 29.10.2006 run-off election in the Democratic Republic of Congo "without question".

Mr Kabila (left), who took over from his assassinated father in 2002 said his priority if elected was peace and stability in the east - which has remained unstable despite the peace deal which made Mr Bemba one of four vice-presidents.

The 35-year-old president said the country needed to be brought rapidly under control "in order to permit investors to come, in order to allow our people to move from east to west, north to south and live in peace because they're basically peace-loving citizens".

Congolese have always paid with their blood for their country's riches.

So, 5 MILLION CONGOLESE WON'T VOTE ON 29.10.2006.

THEY HAVE SINCE 2.08.1998 BEEN MASSACRED by Tutsi troops from Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi who invaded Congo with the complicity of so-called Tutsi Congolese of Rwandan origin (they are in fact former refugees from Rwanda now improvised Congolese, not by an elected parliament) and so-called congolese rebels (the same criminals are now in power); and with the backing of South Africa, Britain, United States of America and almost all western multinationals. Congo's natural and minerals resources continue to be systematically pillaged.

Léonard She Okitundu, President Joseph Kabila's chief of staff savagely attacked, beaten, stripped naked and robbed in London by Bemba's thugs!

The whole international community must now know: there is a European terrorist network in the name Mobutuism now preached by Jean Pierre Bemba, President Joseph Kabila's main challenger in the second round and leader of the Movement du Libération du Congo (MLC) and by Honoré Ngbanda, leader of Apareco and Mobutu's former security adviser now granted political asylum in Paris. The EU must act swiftly to dismantle this "brutus" and savage network. There is no culture of violence in Congo. But in the region, violence is typically Tutsi/Hutu and Mobutuist!

Emmanuel Kabanga, MLC representative in France told Congo Panorama that Okitundu and his delegation have the right to come to Europe on private visits and not for political consultation or to galvanise people to vote Kabila.

“We have vowed and warned them that if they do so, then they would break the ‘fatwa’ and should be ready for the consequences,” Kabanga said.

Kabanga denied that his party was importing violence from Congo into the streets of Europe’s capitals.

“We organised similar attacks against pro-Kabila politicians here in Paris and nobody was arrested because the police consider it as an internal political matter between Congolese,” he said.

Congo Lipanda, a web site linked to the MLC party featured all the items snatched from Okitundu, including his credit cards and the underwear, jackets and the coat after they forcefully undressed him.

The headline run: “She Okitundu battu, laissé nu comme un ver, et hospitalisé à Londres”, meaning, “She Okitundu beaten, left as naked as a worm and hospitalised in London.”

One of the brutes has now been arrested (the car they drove off in with the bootie belonged to him). He will definitely have to name the others. The brutes even fought over the money they got from Mr Okitundu's wallet!

Beaten, stripped and humiliated online - an African minister's welcome to the UK

Congolese dignitary 'waited hours in hospital'

Photographs of stolen clothes posted on internet

By Audrey Gillan, Hugh Muir and David Pallister

The Guardian, London, Friday October 13, 2006.

A senior member of the Congolese cabinet was attacked in London by a gang who beat him around the head and body with a baseball bat, stripped him and posted pictures of his clothes on the internet.

Scotland Yard last night launched an investigation into the assault on Leonard She Okitundu, the chief of staff to Joseph Kabila, the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, amid questions over why a foreign dignitary should be so vulnerable. The politician was left in the A&E; of the Middlesex Central hospital with no trousers, covered in a blanket. "The police didn't seem to care. No one helped me and I was naked, that would never happen in my country," he said.

"I wasn't seen by a nurse for two hours and not by a doctor until 2am. I explained that I was a VIP ... but no one cared to give me a pair of trousers. The Foreign Office have done nothing to help me."

Mr Okitundu believes the humiliation was orchestrated by Mr Kabila's enemies in London. He was due to appear on the Original Black Entertainment TV channel when he and two colleagues were assaulted by more than 20 men outside its studios in Park Royal, north west London.

His clothes were forcibly removed and his briefcase, containing passport, money and credit cards, as well as official papers, were stolen. His attackers posted pictures of Mr Okitundu's monogrammed suit, his Mont Blanc pen and the business cards of the MPs and officials that he had met that day, as well as condoms that were in his pocket. His underpants were captured on a cameraphone turned inside out.

Mr Okitundu told the Guardian: "I left the Foreign Office and went to the television station and the people were waiting for us in the car park. I didn't even have time to open the door of the car before people attacked me with baseball bats.

"They pulled me out of the car to beat and kick me. They took my jacket and my trousers, my shirt and my pants. Then they dragged me and left me lying naked."

A Foreign Office spokesman said President Kabila was informed of the incident by British diplomats in DRC. "We were on the phone very quickly and explained what happened." He added that the FCO could have arranged for security to accompany Mr Okitundu's party but were never asked.

Mr Okitundu went to hospital with the two other victims, former ambassador Henri Nswana and his party's UK chairman, Placide Mbatika. He was in London visiting the all-parliamentary group of the Great Lakes Region of Africa as well as the Foreign Office.

He had been discussing the recent elections in the DRC in which President Kabila won 45% and his rival, the former rebel leader, Jean-Pierre Bemba, polled just 20%. The two are due to face each other again in another presidential election on October 29. Mr Bemba's supporters accuse Mr Kabila of being a puppet of the west and other foreign agencies. The majority of Congolese expatriates in London support Mr Bemba. Albert Mukendi of the group Congolese Rights said the attack and humiliation of Mr Okitundu was "a very bad thing". But he added: "People are not happy about him being here. Many Congolese here do not like Kabila."

Philippe Mandangi, a London spokesman for the opposition UDPS party said: "The situation is very tense here in the UK and people are very angry."

Mr Okitundu said his attackers shouted that he was working for the Rwandans and that they would kill anybody who obstructed Mr Bemba. "This is part of their campaign to sabotage President Kabila's presidential campaign. To my knowledge, these people didn't act of their own will. They have been told to do it."

A spokeswoman for the Central Middlesex Hospital said Mr Okitundu was "treated appropriately in a consulting room".

Eric Joyce, chair of the all-parliamentary group, met Mr Okitundu on Wednesday. He said: "It is shocking. I presume it was the diaspora who are loyal to Bemba."

Backstory

The Democratic Republic of Congo, the former Belgian colony ruled and looted for many years by President Mobutu Sese Seko, is striving to recover from a devastating five-year civil war which cost 5 millions lives, massacred by Tutsi troops from Rwanda, Uganda and Burundu, backed by Britain and America. The population now stands at 55m. Angola, Namibia and Zimbabwe came to the support of Congo. Much of it was driven by the desire to control the country's rich mineral resources. With the largest UN peacekeeping mission and widespread violence continuing in the east, progress has been slow. A peace deal was agreed in 2003 and the country is now in the throes of an extended election campaign that has been marred by violence. In the first round of presidential elections in July the current President Joseph Kabila took 44.81% of votes and Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba 20.03%. The run-off second round takes place on October 29

The DRC gained its independence in 1960. In 1965 Mobuto seized power and renamed it Zaire. He ensured US backing by allowing the country to host operations against Soviet-backed Angola. Rwanda invaded in 1997 in pursuit of the Hutu militias who had led the horrendous massacres against their Tutsi rivals. Emboldened by the invasion anti-Mobutu rebels marched on the capital, Kinshasa, and installed President Laurent Kabila. He was assassinated in 2001 and his 30-year-old son, Africa's youngest head of state.

The second round of landmark elections will take place on 29.10.2006 in the Democratic Republic of Congo - Official.

Congo's Supreme Court ruled on Friday 15.09.2006 to retain 29 October as the date for a second round of presidential elections. The court also confirmed the results of the first round of polls held on 30 July.

Friday's ruling overturns one made earlier this week by the same court that the date was unconstitutional.

The court upheld an appeal by the Independent Electoral Commission, invoking the principle of absolute necessity, that it was not possible to adhere to the constitutional provision that a second round of polls be held 15 days after the results of the first round. It ruled that the commission would have 50 days from the confirmation of official results.

The run-off poll is expected to complete Congo's transition to peace and democracy after years of civil strife, in which some four million have died, most from hunger and preventable diseases. Hundreds of thousands have been displaced.

Clare Short to step down as Labour MP at the next General Election. Blaming Tony Blair's foreign policy, especially his invasion of Irak side by side with America, Honourable Clare Short said: "I have reached a stage where I am profoundly ashamed of the government."

But international opinion is wondering! How come Honourable Clare Short can be ashamed of her government over the invasion of Irak, when at the same time, while as British Secretary of State for International Development, she fully supported Rwanda and Uganda's invasion of the Democratic Republic of Congo from 1998 onward... a war aof aggression during which 5 millions Congolese were massacred, and Congo's natural and mineral resources systematically looted?! Up to now Museveni and Kagame enjoy complete impunity!

Ms Short quit as international development secretary in 2003 in protest at the post-invasion plans for Iraq and is now set to stop being a Labour MP.

Ms Short has resigned from the Labour Party front bench three times - twice over the Gulf Wars and once because of the prevention of terrorism laws.

The way she resigned from the Cabinet in 2003 was seen as damaging her standing with the Labour left.

Rather than quitting before the conflict, like Cabinet colleague Robin Cook, she publicly agonised over its rights and wrongs.

She only left her post as international development secretary once the main hostilities ended.

She was one of a number of MPs who demanded Parliament be recalled last month to discuss the crisis in the Middle East.

"APPEL AU REFERENDUM SUR LES CODES MINIER ET FORESTIER EN REPUBLIQUE DEMOCRATIQUE DU CONGO IMMEDIATEMENT APRES LES ELECTIONS

CALL FOR A REFERENDUM ON THE MINING AND FORESTRY CODE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE ELECTIONS IN THE DRC

ENGLISH: After presidential, legislative, provincial, and local elections in Congo, a referendum on the country 's forestry and mining code is paramount. Do the Congolese people accept the demise of Gecamines, the state-owned mining compmany? Do they accept the fact that for almost all the mining concessions or contracts awarded to multinational mining companies, the Congolese state is left only with 10% to 15% share of the revenues (5% of which belong to government automatically) and 75% to 90% to foreign multinational mining companies? They need to say so in a referendum!

FRENCH: Après les élections présidentielles, legislatives, provinciales et locales, un référendum populaire s'avère obligatoire pour determiner si oui ou non le peuple Congolais accepte la démise de la Gecamines au profit des multinationales, s'il accepte le fait que dans presque toutes les concessions minières octroyées et les contrats miniers signé, l'état Congolais ne conserve que 10% - 15% des intérêts (5% reviennent d'office au gouvernment), le reste, allant de 75% à 90% revenant aux multinationales.

"After the elections, an assessment will be done, contract by contract, one by one, concession by concession." - President Joseph Kabila, interview with Jeune Afrique, April 2006.

After the war of aggression and occupation of Congo, another occupation of Congo by multinationals which can easily bribe officials goes on. Having said that we urgently need many investors in Congo and not predators there at all! We have been squeezed dry long enough!!! But at the end of the day, we are deeply convinced that the real power lies in the capacity of the people to "self-organise", as Laurent Désiré Kabila put it.

Congo has always paid in blood for its riches. The 14 most powerful multinational mining companies which have now besieged Congo - Les 14 plus grandes et puissantes multinationales qui ont maintenant investis le Congo:

AFRICO RESOURCES (Canadian), ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI (Anglo-American), ANVIL MINING (Australian), BANRO CORPORATION (Canadian), BHP BILLITON (Anglo-Australian), CENTRAL AFRICAN MINING AND EXPLORATION CO (CAMEC) (British), CHEMAF (Congolese: privately owned), FIRST QUANTUM (Canadian), KATANGA MINING (Canadian), METOREX (South African), MWANA AFRICA (British), NIKANOR (Israeli), OM Group (USA), PHELPS DODGE (USA).

List of other minor companies:

Chemaf (Indian), Barrick Gold Corporation, Anglo Gold Ashanti, Banro Corporation, Okimo, Mwana Africa, Rambi Gold. Borgakim, Kibali-Gold, Moto Goldmines Ltd, First Canadian American Holding Corporation, Microcom, ISP, Gravity Diamonds, OM Group, Precious Woods, Orascom, MagEnergy, BRC Diamond, Kampac Oil, a division of the Jebel Ali-based KAMPAC Group, Mwana Africa, Tiger Resources Limited, Tenke Mining Corp, Tenke Fungurume and Lundin Holdings, Copper Resources, EnerGulf, Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), Millicom, Oasis, Orascom Telecom Holding SAE, Tiger Resources Limited, Simberi Gold Corporation, DGI Group and Dan Gertler, Emaxon, Actis, Metorex Mines, SouthernEra Diamonds Inc., Kababankola Mining Company (KMC), Central African Mining & Exploration Company (CAMEC), Vietnam-focused oil group Soco, Kumba Resources Ltd, Boss Mining, Chabara Mining, Cimenteries du Katanga, Compagnie Minière de Luisha, Compagnie Minière de Musonoie, Compagnie Minière de Tondo, Compagnie Minière du Sud Katanga, Congolaise des Mines et de Dévelopement, Congo Zinc, DRC Copper and Cobalt Project, Groupement pour le Traitement du Terril de Lubumbashi, Kabankola Mining Company, Kamoto Copper Company, Kasonta-Lupoto Mines, Kingamiambo Musonoi Tailings, Minière de Kasombo, Mukongo Mining, Mutanda ya Munkonkota Mining, Prospection de la Zone Centre-Est, Rushi Mining, Shituru Mining Corporation, Société Financière de Dévelopement, Société Générale des Telecommunications, Société d'Exploitation de Kipoi, Société d'Exploitation des gisements de Kalukundi, Société Minière de Kabolela et de Kipese, Société Minière de Kolwezi, Société pour le Traitement du Terrill de Lubumbashi, Kinross Forrest Ltd, Kinross Gold Corporation, George Forrest International Afrique S. PRL ("GFI"), Tain Holdings Limited, Balloch, Kamoto Copper Company SARL, Katanga Mining Ltd.

Rampant corruption is also one of the biggest killers in Congo where you have a political class that dreams only of privileges and not serving the people. They talk about "economic liberalism", "social-democracy", "Private-Public Relationship (PPP)"... and so on. Fine! But the truth is that when signing mineral contracts, on the bargaining table, multinationals ( a 100 times richer than the government of Congo) have the clout and the government does not. It is not a partnership because one side (multinationals) is most likely to dictate the terms or impose itself, brandishing the spectre of returning to "old days".

Read more on the "Economy section" of this web site.

The war of three days in Kinshasa after historical polls which left 23 people dead, the majority being police officers who guarded public official buildings and 43 injured. From what really happened, Bemba is to blame.

Facts: Sunday, 20.08.2006: Fr Malu-Malu, the president of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)presided over a meeting prior to the provisionary proclamation of the results. Madame Rose Mika Ebenga, Jean Pierre Bemba's representative in that Commission stormed out to protest against Bemba's loss. Militia loyal to Bemba escorted him to the headquarters of his privatly-owned CCTV channel. He wanted to claim victory after the elections.

Earlier on CCTV called upon Rwanda to come and take its son Joseph Kabila, thus insinuating that Kabila is not Congolese. It broadcast more insults. The police intervened to forbid the channel to incite people to hatred and violence and to remind it of the law. Armed guards committed to the security of the TV cahnnel, opened fire on the police killing four officers. Musangana, Bemba's spokesman said he wanted to go and thank all the people who voted him.

In the evening of the same day, Jean Pierre Bemba;s militia occupied a round about called Forescom, at the city centre, neuralised traffic police, proceeded to disarm all the police officers imemdiately in that round about, arrested them, together two of Kabila's presidential guards who were passing by, took them to Bemba's party headquarters and when they were beaten seriously.

At the same time, a group of armed men loyal to Bemba, based in Kibomango, in the outskirt of Kinshasa were advancing towards the airport to capture it.

Later, Bemba's militia encircled the IEC headquarters. Police and UN troops interved to free Malu-Malu and his team to allow them to go to the national radio and proclaim the results.

Facts: Monday 21.08.2006: Two more presidential guards were kidnapped by Bemba'a armed men and attaqued the Palais de la Nation, where President kabila has set up his offices. The attack took place simultaneously with the meeting 14 western diplomats were having with Bemba in his residence. Kabila's presidential guards riposted spontaneously and energetically against Bemba resodence, to liberate their kidnapped colleagues, ignoring that Bemba was having a meeting with western ambassadors there. They opened fire destroying Bemba's helicopter parked in the compound.

Facts: Tuesday 22.08.2006: The UN and Eufor (European force) deployed more men whose intervention put aned to hostilities between the two camps, but sporadic shooting continued till the evening. An enquiry has been opened. Voters can now judge for themselves and make up their mind for the second tour. Things have changed in Congo for good. Nobody will never take power by force anymore. That is why the population did not follow Bemba in his adventure.

Congo heads to presidential runoff as the lines are clearly drawn: The predatory mObutuist forces (represented by Bemba) will confront the forces of national reconstruction, represented by Joseph Kabila.

Election results from all but one constituency showed the country's historic post-war elections were headed for a second round.

With ballots in from 168 of the vast country's 169 constituencies, President Joseph Kabila led with 17.931.258 votes in his favour, atotal of 44,91% -- under the 50% level needed for a first-round win.

Former rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba was in second place with 20,03%, according to Congo's Independent Electoral Commission, meaning he will face Kabila in a runoff vote provisionally scheduled for Sunday October 29.

This is exactly the outcome those who caghed the money wanted, proving the late Laurent Désiré Kabila right, he who wanted elections in Congo to be organised wth Congo's own money. "He who pays the piper, calls the tune." Let us wait and see what the second round will be like!

HISTORIC DATE ONLY COMPARABLE TO THE END OF SLAVE TRADE, COLONISATION AND APARTHEID: 30.07.2006: THE PEOPLE OF THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO VOTE IN HISTORIC LANDMARK POLLs IN 45 YEARS. THE CONGOLESE PEOPLE SHOW TO THE WHOLE WORLD THAT THEY ARE CAPABLE OF TAKING THEIR DESTINY INTO THEIR OWN HANDS, AFTER VOTING IN CALM AND DIGNITY PROVING ALL THE ALARMING PREDICTIONS IN THE WESTERN MEDIA WRONG.

ELECTIONS IN PICTURES - LES ELECTIONS EN RDC EN IMAGES

Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila casts his vote in Kinshasa, DRC, Sunday July 30, 2006. Voting began in Congo's first democratic election in more than four decades Sunday, a colossal democratic exercise many hope will secure an end to years of fighting and corrupt rule that have devastated this gigantic, mineral-rich nation in the heart of Africa. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay).

Voting was scheduled to start at 0600 local time (0500 GMT in the west of the country and 0400 in the east), though correspondents say polling stations opened up to an hour late in some places.

Polls are due to close at 1700, and official results are not expected for several weeks.

A spokesman for the United Nations said the election appeared to be going smoothly although there have been technical difficulties in some places, such as voting material not being in place, or inaccurate voters' lists.

Many people have walked miles to get to the polling stations, and some have queued overnight, waiting for them to open.

A woman casts her vote at polling station in the eastern Congo village of Sake, 27km (17 miles) from Goma, July 30, 2006. The people of Democratic Republic of Congo voted in their first free elections in 40 years on Sunday, protected by the world's biggest U.N. peacekeeping force and hoping to end years of war and chaos. REUTERS/Antony Njuguna (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO)

Click here to see more pictures on Congo elections - Pour voir d'autres images sur les élections au Congo, cliquez ici

JOSEPH KABILA'S "VISION FOR A NEW AND BETTER DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO"

Joseph Kabila is the man most likely to become the Democratic Republic of Congo’s first democratically elected leader following the forthcoming general elections, the first ever in 45 years in the vast country situated in the heart of Africa since the assassination of Patrice Lumumba, (the only elected leader since Congo gained independence from Belgium on 30.06.1960).

But who is the true Joseph Kabila? What is his vision for a new and better Democratic Republic of Congo?

Whatever his supporters and his detractors say of him, Joseph Kabila remains “the son of a freedom fighter”, the son of Mzee Laurent Désiré Kabila.

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Rampant corruption is also one of the biggest killers in Congo where you have a political class that dreams only of privileges and not serving the people. They talk about "economic liberalism", "social-democracy", "Private-Public Relationship (PPP)"... and so on. Fine! But the truth is that when signing mineral contracts, on the bargaining table, multinationals ( a 100 times richer than the government of Congo) have the clout and the government does not. It is not a partnership because one side (multinationals) is most likely to dictate the terms or impose itself, brandishing the spectre of returning to "old days".

After the war of aggression and occupation described above, the occupation of Congo by multinationals which can easily bribe officials goes on. Having said that we urgently need many investors in Congo and not predators there at all! We have been squeezed dry long enough!!! But at the end of the day, we are deeply convinced that the real power lies in the capacity of the people to "self-organise", as Laurent Désiré Kabila put it.

Here is some of our latest coverage:

The Catholic Church and the power of the State in Congo. How Archbishop Monsengwo never forgave Laurent Désiré Kabila for overthrowing Mobutu

Two questions to Mgr Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, Catholic Archbishop of Kisangani: Archbishop Monsengwo has recently denounced “certain irregularities” in the electoral process now on course in Congo and threatened that the Catholic Church will not recognise the electoral results if those irregularities were not corrected before hand. During his last visit to London, London-based Congolese journalist Antoine Roger Lokongo, then working for the weekly The Catholic Herald, interviewed Archbishop Monsengwo on the subjects of the war in Congo and the Sovereign National Conference which he presided over in the 1990s. This is what he had to say:

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"After the elections, an assessment will be done, contract by contract, one by one, concession by concession." - President Joseph Kabila, interview with Jeune Afrique, April 2006.

Congo has always paid in blood for its riches. The 14 most powerful multinational mining companies which have now besieged Congo - Les 14 plus grandes et puissantes multinationales qui ont maintenant investis le Congo:

AFRICO RESOURCES (Canadian), ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI (Anglo-American), ANVIL MINING (Australian), BANRO CORPORATION (Canadian), BHP BILLITON (Anglo-Australian), CENTRAL AFRICAN MINING AND EXPLORATION CO (CAMEC) (British), CHEMAF (Congolese: privately owned), FIRST QUANTUM (Canadian), KATANGA MINING (Canadian), METOREX (South African), MWANA AFRICA (British), NIKANOR (Israeli), OM Group (USA), PHELPS DODGE (USA).

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Elections are to be held on 30 July 2006 in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The official start of a historic election campaign in the Democratic Republic of Congo began at midnight 29.06.2006 with at least 200 parties involved. More than 30 candidates will oppose current president, Joseph Kabila, in the first round of the presidential vote.

William Lacy Swing, head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC, said the international community has contributed 458 million U.S. dollars in aid to the DRC for the long-awaited poll.

The UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) has spent 5 billion dollars since 1998, with an annual average expenditure of 1 billion dollars, making MONUC the most expensive mission in UN history, said Swing. Under the auspices of the international community, five peace agreements have been signed, and the UN Security Council have adopted a total of 33 resolutions on the DRC, he said.

The materials for the ballots to be used for the July 30 election weigh 1,810 tons in total and needed to be transported by jumbo planes to 50,000 polling stations across the country, according to the envoy. In addition, the international community has organized personnel training for 300,000 workers and 50,000 police officers to ensure the smooth going of the ballot. The 17,000-strong MONUC have deployed 13 out of its 15 battalions in the volatile eastern part of the DRC, Swing said. A 2,000-strong EUFOR European Union force has been deployed in the DRC next month to back an existing 17,000 United Nations peacekeeping troops in he country for the elections.

Presidential and parliamentary elections, the first in nearly 40 years since independence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, will be held on 30 July, Independent Electoral Commission Chairman Apollinaire Muholongo Malumalu announced on Sunday, 30.04.2006. Election campaigns are cleared to begin at midnight on 29 June and end at the same hour on 28 July.

The elections will mark an end of a political transition to democracy that started in 2002 when Congolese political and rebel groups signed a peace agreement, largely ending a five-year war of aggression in which at least 5 million people have been killed and four million others have been displaced.

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UN official rejects call for halt to campaigning

A UN official dismissed a call from more than half of the candidates in the Democratic Republic of Congo's presidential election for a halt in campaigning because of allegations of irregularities in voter registration.

Ross Mountain, who is overseeing UN assistance to the July 30 election, said he had no evidence of such irregularities.

"When you have an election you have winnners and losers," he told reporters in Brussels." I guess there are people who have seen the likelihood they are not likely to be winners, who may have reasons not to go too rapidly toward elections." (AP Brussels)

President Joseph Kabila’s inaugural address on 30.06.2006, Congo’s independence and electoral campaign launch day. “I stand for a powerful, united and prosperous Democratic Republic of Congo, a model of democracy in the Great Lakes Region of Central Africa.”

In his address to the nation broadcast on national radio and television, on the occasion of the 46th anniversary of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s accession to independence, President Joseph Kabila confirmed: “There is no shadow of doubt, elections will be held on 30 July 2006.”

“Destiny had it that the launch of the campaign for the presidential and parliamentary elections should coincide with the country’s independence anniversary. I call for national cohesion to prevail.

“The people has rarely been given an opportunity to freely choose their leaders. The quest has been long and the journey tiring. These elections will solve once for all the eternal problem of legitimacy of government in Congo. I call therefore call for a peaceful campaign, in which the rights of political adversaries, people’s integrity and their goods and the inviolability of polling stations will respected.

"Nobody has the right to spoil the party for the people. The sovereign people have the last word. The people must never be subjected to intimidations or punishment because they have made such and such a choice.

“The trust that we are seeking from the people requires that the people be respected. Every xenophobic speeches, exalting tribalism or regionalism will not remain unpunished. The acceptance of a code of conduct imposes itself in a way that the result from the ballot will unite all political actors.

“ I, personally, commit myself to do everything in my capacity so that the constraints that have been raised during the campaign may not turn into obstacles. I call upon the people to be vigilant in order to maintain the national cohesion necessary to democracy and development.

“I make a wish: let the campaign that has been launched today take place in calm, with loyalty and responsibility. I call upon the 25.6 million Congolese registered voters to participate massively in the elections.”

Kabila’s main challengers:

Apart from Bemba and Ruberwa (see features below), there are two main other challengers to President Kabila:

1. Pierre Pay Pay

Pay Pay heads a coalition called Codeco (Convention des Démocrates Congolais). Pay Pay is a very rich man, having been the governor of the central bank all the time Mobutu was in power. He embezzled and embezzled without being caught anytime. He calls himself a liberal and a good friend of the IMF and the World Bank.

Pay Pay is co-responsible for the collapse of Congo’s economy since 1973 with the so-called “Zairianisation” which consisted of retroceding commercial activities to the nationals. This system brought nothing except the country’s economic ruin., each person with some parcel of authority seeking to enrich himself or herself illegally.

The first beneficiary was Mobutu himself and the regime’s tycoons. And Pay Pay was one of them. State coffers were systematically drained which constituted a sure means of quick enrichment. Export revenues from copper and cobalt made by public enterprises ($150 million to $400 millions a year) were systematically embezzled. Mobutu’s presidential allowance or endowment accounted for 15% to 20% of the total national budget. Illicit transfer of Congo’s money to offshore and foreign banks into personal accounts were the order of the day. Mobutu’s own personal fortune was estimated at $8 billion in 1997. That was equivalent to 2/3 of Congo’s foreign debt at that time.

Mobutu was quoted later as saying: “That was the time, when, anytime I traveled, I used to ask for $1 million from my special advisor, who in his turn, asked for $2 millions from the Prime Minister, who in his turn asked for $3 millions from the Minister of Finance, who in his turn, asked for $4 millions from the governor of Central Bank (Pay Pay by name), , who himself in his turn, would take $5 millions. That made Pay Pay a very rich man.

Mobutu had litterally told members of his cabinet to steal after all, but to steal beat by beat and too much at a go, otherwise they will embarrass him publicly and force him to arrest them. That was kleptocracy (rule by thieves in action). And now some of them are yet again lurking around Joseph Kabila.

However, when the anglo-american-rwandan-ugandan-burundian-south african colaition invaded Congo on 2.08.1998, Pay Pay, a native of Bukavu, did not join them. Instead he supported the Maï- Maï, a local resistance network against the occupation of their ancestral land as well as the Katanga Solidarity Movement, hoping that his generosity will now pay. But the day he launched his campaign, he talked about “governing otherwise, transparency, avoiding easy gain from state coffers…”, perhaps a reference to his past which shows that his conscience is till troubling him.

The day he launched it, the people of Congo vowed not to be like the pig that goes to lie in the mud after washing himself in the river or the dog that eats the very food that it has just vomited. Why because they know Pay pay very well abd they don’t believe the leopard has gotten rid of its spots.

2. Patriarch Antoine Gizenga, 80, President of PALU (Parti Lumumbiste Unifié).

Antoine Gizenga has always been on the attack since 1960. Constancy therefore is Gizenga’s main merit. Born in 1925, Gizenga supported Patrice Lumumba. Deputy prime minister under the government of Emery Patrice Lumumba during the post-independence period in 1960. As leader of the Unified (Palu) Lumumbist Party, Gizenga has been active in the opposition since then.

After the assassination of Patrice Lumumba (Even Jonas Kadiata Nzemba a co-assassin of Patrice Lumumba is standing as presidential candidate, as well as top dignitaries of Mobutu's regime- civilians and military men, including Mobutu's own son Nzanga Mobutu), Gizenga became Head of State (1961) of Lumumba’s legitimate government set up in Kisangani, Lumumba’s stronghold. His government at Stanleyville (Kisangani) was recognized by 21African, Asian, and Eastern European countries in February 1961. He was imprisoned by Mobutu from January 1962 to July 1964 and again from October 1964 to November 1965. He was exiled from 1965 to 1992.

He came back home in 1992 when Mobutu pretended to introduce multi-party democracy. Gizenga has since been campaigning for the return to the legality abolished in 1960, when Lumumba, the only democratically elected leader in Congo since independence was illegally overthrown.

Calling for general elections, he backed the peace process, signed the peace accord in South Africa, but refused to participate the transitional government, led by President Joseph Kabila et his four vice-presidents. He was one of the first opposition leader to enroll himself and called his many supporters in Kinshasa and Bandundu to register for the votes.

Jean Pierre Bemba, one of Congo's vice presidents, and candidate for president, can no longer dare to leave Congo for fear of being arrested and transferred to the international criminal court for crimes against humanity.

Mr Bemba, last month wanted to travel to France and Belgium but no prefrential visa was accorded him. He was told he could travel on a personal capacity and not on an offcial capacity, fuelling fear that he might have been arrested if he did so because he still has to answer for crimes against humanity, notably for rape, torture, executions and cannibalism againsts pygmies by Bemba's men when they occupied the town of Beni, in Ituri during the war. Bemba's men believed by eating a pygmy's flesh and raping a pigmy woman, they would acquire extra-terrestrial strength.

In one case, investigators heard how a young girl was cut into small pieces by the soldiers and then eaten.

Other examples include hearts and other organs being cut out of victims and forced on their families to eat.

MLC forces have also been accused of atrocities in the Central African Republic, where they helped President Ange-Felix Patasse crush a coup attempt in October last year.

Hundreds of MLC soldiers looted parts of Bangui and were accused of violence and rape after flushing the rebels out.

The Paris-based International Federation of Human Rights has filed a war crimes case against Mr Bemba with the ICC's secretariat.

Bemba and his father who hail from Equateur, Mobutu's region, are very rich after enjoying Mobutu's favours throughout the dictator's reign.

Since the beginning of the transition, Mr Bemba is in charge of the economy and finance portfolio and civil servants, police and the military are not paid regularly, but now he has ligned up $22 million for his campaign. Where does that money come from? Moreover, Arms cachés belonging to Mr Bemba have been discovered by the UN in Gbadolite, his fiefdom and 2,000 former fighters belonging to his militia have not joined the regular army. The same apply to the RCD former rebel movement founded by Rwanda and led by Ruberwa, a Tustsi Rwandan who came to Congo in the 1970s as a refugee and is now vice-president in charge of the security portfolio of Congo. No wonder why a low level war is still going on in eastern Congo.

WHAT IS ETIENNE TSHISEKEDI PLAYING AT IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO?

OPPOSITION FOR THE SAKE OF OPPOSITION LEADS TO NO CHANGE

Christophe Boibouvier, Jeune Afrique, 9.06.2006/Colette Braeckman, Le Soir, with additional reporting by A.R. Lokongo, Congopanorama.info

Patrice Emery Lumumba once said: “I would like to draw the attention of all, that it would be highly wise to foil from the outset, the plots of those who would like to profit from our apparent political realities in order to oppose us one against the other et thus delay our liberation from a colonialist regime. Experience has shown that in our African nations, the opposition that certain elements are creating in the name of democracy, is not often inspired by the concern about common good. The search for glory and personal interests is the main, if not the unique mobile or motivation (…). The existence of an intelligent, dynamic and constructive opposition is indispensable in order to balance the political and administrative life of the government in power (…). All our compatriots must know that they will not serve the common good neither through divisions, through fomenting them, nor through the balkanisation our countries into smaller weak states (Patrice Lumumba addressing the seminar on “Congress for Liberty and Culture”, organised by the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, 22.03.1959).

What Patrice Lumumba said was and remains true of Etienne Tshisekedi, 73, particularly. Tshisekedi is closely associated with the chaos that has engulfed Congo since gaining independence from Belgium in 1960.

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RUBERWA’S GREAT IMPOSTURE: A RWANDAN REFUGEE WHO SOUGHT ASYLUM IN LUBUMBASHI IN THE 1970s NOW VICE-PRESIDENT IN CONGO.

Source: Digitalcongo.net, Kinshasa, 4.09.2004.

The Article 72 of the Congolese Constitution stipulates clearly that “anybody who is not a congolese of origin cannot stand as a presidential candidate. Ruberwa Manywa does not qualify to be a presidential candidate in Congo. As a matter of facts, Ruberwa came to Congo as an asylum seeker in the 1970s.

Ruberwa’s imposture came to light when Godelive Kapinga, a Congolese correspondent for the web site www.f-ce.com, filed an interview of a curious young Rwandan seeking political asylum in Congo with the backing of the UNHCR in Lubumbashi. After enjoying all the rights as a refugee in Congo, after enjoying Congo’s hospitality, even enrolling as a law student at the faculty of Law of the University of Lubumbashi, Ruberwa started practicing at a certain Diambu’s cabinet before joining Kagame in taking arms and invading Congo, his host country, looting, raping, and massacring more than 5 million Congolese, and then afterwards, thanks to the intercongolese dialogue, he becomes a vice president during the transition, imposed on the Congolese people by Britain, USA, Belgium and France.

We here publish the transcription of the interview that was accorded to Ruberwa when seeking asylum in Congo. It reveals Ruberwa’s irrefutable Rwandan origins, but who now claims to be a Congolese, holding power at the highest echelon of the state, at the same time working for Rwanda, his country of origin. The invasion of Bukavu in June 1994 is one of the concrete proofs that Ruberwa is acting as a "Trojan Horse" for Rwanda (and anglo-saxon interests) in Congo.

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THE TUTSIFICATION OF POWER IN THE GREAT LAKES REGION OF AFRICA:

1. TERROR INCOGNITO: THE USA CONSPIRACY BEHIND MUSEVENI'S wars

2. THE TRUTH BEHIND THE RWANDA TRAGEDY

3. TUTSI INVASION OF CONGO

4.Prepared Testimony and Statement for the Record of Wayne Madsen, Author, of “Genocide and Covert Operations in Africa 1993-1999”.

Investigative Journalist On: Suffering and Despair: Humanitarian Crisis in the Congo Before the Subcommittee on International Operations and Human Rights Committee on International Relations United States House of Representatives.

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Zanu-PF succession war, Mnangagwa, Mujuru, Bredenkamp (photo, left), Rautenbach,Gécamines and the after-the-assassination of Laurent Désiré Kabila

How Bredenkamp, whose entry into the lucrative DRC mining industry was made possible by Mnangagwa after Rautenbach fell out with the late Laurent Kabila, was embittered when, after Kabila’s assassination in January 2001, Mnangagwa turned around and facilitated Rautenbach’s return to favour with the new government in Kanshasa.

Rautenbach, who once occupied a powerful position at the helm of state mining firm La Generale des Carrieres et des Mines (Gecamines) and had several copper and cobalt deposits, was kicked out of the DRC by the late Kabila and lost his mineral concessions. He however, came back into the picture following Kabila’s assassination, with a 50 percent share of Bredenkamp’s Kababankola Mining Company (KMC) and has only recently exchanged his stake in a multi-million pound deal for shares in a listed British mining firm, Central African Mining & Exploration Company (CAMEC).

Rautenbach is reported to own almost 20 percent of the Alternative Investment Market-listed CAMEC. Led by Zambian-born former England cricketer Phil Edmonds and Andrew Groves, CAMEC is one of Britain’s fastest growing companies. Its stock grew by 700 percent last year alone.

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Léonard She Okitundu announces pre-election talks

Meanwhile, the Catholic Church divided into two camps: the pro-political negotiations prior to the elections piloted by Cardinal Etsou of Kinshasa and Archbishop Monsengwo of Kisangani and former president of the Sovereign National Conference (1992) and the anti-political negotiations prior to the elections represented by the Bishops of the Eastern Province of Bukavu.

Kinshasa, June 23 2006 - The administration of Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila announced on Friday consultations aimed at ensuring the country's first democratic elections in more than 40 years, to be held next month, are peaceful and credible.

The discussions "will notably cover questions of security of electoral candidates, their access to the media and their acceptance of results", said a statement signed by Leonard She Okitundu, director of Kabila's office.

Dozens of political parties and associations and the Congolese Catholic Church have for weeks been calling for talks to overcome the lack of national consensus over the organisation of the July 30 presidential, local and legislative elections - the first since 1961 after the nation gained independence from Belgium.

"These consultations will take part, on one hand, as part of official institutions and mechanisms, and on the other hand, in a larger framework that needs to be decided," the text said, giving no date for the talks. - AFP

Meanwhile, two camps have emerged within the Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo over the first democratic elections in 45 years scheduled on 30.07.2006.

For the Bishops of the Eastern Province of Bukavu, the people of are ready to go to the polls. It is in this sense that, in a pastoral letter of 18.06.2006 and signed by Archbishop François-Xavier Maroy of Bukavu, Bishop Faustin Nagbu of Goma, Bishop Jean-Pierre Tafunga of Uvira, Bishop Théophile Kaboy of Kasongo and Apostolic Administrator of Kindu aand Bishop Melchisédech Sikuli of Butembo, they exhorted the faithful “to get ready for this moment, show a genuise sense of responsibility, with a mind of brotherly communion and national communion beyond pluralism and the political cleavages of the moment”.

The Bishop denounced the manoeuvres by some politicians to repulse these deadlines and recognised to this effect:

" If the majority of the population really stand for these elections, there are probably among us those who don't find their account, who envisage the elections as a cause for concern, and who would not hesitate to hinder them in to keeping statue quo intact. To such politicians, Bishops ask them " to place the national interest beyond everything".

Elections are the only way, they think, the DRC could come out of the rut, "if we don't want to turn indefinitely in circles, to go from transitions to transitions, from one rebellion after another, from conferences to dialogues..."

"Let God's spirit free us of the fear of the other that numbs the march, the hate that divides, the corruption that blinds, the violence that ravages. We need to triumph over the temptation to fall back into tribalism, ethicism and regionalism which render us fragile.

" The political opposition", they point out, "must not consider fellow citizens as enemies, but must recognise them as political adversaries ". Far from advocating for new negotiations, they recommend the political actors "to let the the masses, who are the primary ruler to exercise their sovereign prerogatives. Such is the democratic mind to which we are called to be imbued with through this electoral process ".

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EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Apollinaire Malumalu,President of Independent Electoral Commission

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is set to hold its first series of elections in 45 years on 30 July. There have been many obstacles and delays: The country is huge, with few roads, and is in the process of emerging from a decade of wars of invasions; the army and the United Nations peacekeeping mission, known as MONUC, are still battling various armed groups for control of territory in the east; the main opposition party, the Union pour la Democratie et le Progress Social (UDPS), is refusing to participate in the elections; backed bu the powerful Catholic Church. The man heading the electoral process is Apollinaire Malumalu, president of the Independent Electoral Commission, Catholic priest and former professor of political science at the University of Butembo, in North Kivu Province. IRIN interviewed him in Kinshasa on 17 May as part of its special coverage of the DRC elections. The following are excerpts:

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Maman Sifa Maanya, President Joseph Kabila’s mother speaks for the first time ever.

In an exclusive interview to Colette Braeckman of the Belgian daily Le Soir on 2.06.2006, she talks about her late husband Luarent Désiré Kabila’s maquis; about what Joseph Kabila’s childhood was like; the now youngest president in the world’s revolutionary ideals and his whole life marked by one struggle after another, which, she says, forged her son Joseph’s character.

Madame Sifa Maanya is not a woman who likes publicity. Discreet, modest but not totally effaced, she avoids journalists. Except when it is a question of highlighting her social activities within the “Mzee Laurent Désiré Kabila’s Foundation”.

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The Congo Panorama congratulates the Congolese First Couple, Mr President Joseph Kabila Kabange and First Lady Mme Olive Lembe di Sita on their marriage on 16.06.2006.

Photo: Courtesy of Digitalcongo.net

May GOD BLESS YOUR MARRIAGE. MAY LOVE LIGHT YOUR WAY AND FILL YOUR LIVES TOGETHER WITH JOY AND PEACE.

We admire you because we see a life with promise so that you can concentrate and focus on being a shining example of integrity to the rest of the Congolese nation.

Your father the late President Mzee Laurent Désiré Kabila, a true son of Congo and national hero would have been very proud of you!

Wishing you a lifetime of beautiful tomorrows! Congratulations On Your Marriage!

Antoine Roger Lokongo, Editor.

Mai-Mai General Padiri Bulendwa vows to cruch all Uganda-backed militia in Ituri before general electoins

General Padiri Bulendwa, the Commandant of the Kisangani-based 9th Military Region ready to neutralise all the negative forces and warlords terrorising Ituri before the 30th July 2006 general elections.

Source: Digital Congo, Kinshasa 08/06/2006

After issuing all the negative forces and warlords terrorising Ituri in the north-east of Congo with several ultimatums, the Mai-Mai General Padiri Bulendwa vowed to crush all the negative forces and warlords operating in the north east of the country, saying he will not giving them any chance to perturb the elections.

In anticipation of the general elections due to takae place on 30.07.2006 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Commandant of the 9th Militray Region said on 6.06.2006 that he was determined to neutralise all the armed bands who continue to devastate the north eastern part of the country.

“We will put all the militia operating in the north east of the RDC off their capacity to harm, and we will do that before elections take place," he said.

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Museveni ready to perturb elections in Congo as he continues to bankroll militia in eastern Congo.

His tricks and lies do not hold water with anybody anymore, not even in high places in Europe and America!

Truth catches up with liar Museveni. Joseph Kony (seen here on the left) is not in Congo Garamba Park (even the UN Mission in Congo has withdrawn from the park aftr sighting no Kony) after all as lame duck genocidist president Museveni had his donnors believe. Kony is in South Sudan. Who will believe the Tutsi Rwandan-born Museveni, "the Bismarck of Africa", who has been fighting Kony for the last 22 good years?

"DR Congo cannot continue to habour LRA militias bent on destabilising Uganda and also remain a member of the United Nations Assembly.The only problem we (the region) are remaining with is Congo. Congo should disassociate themselves from these killers. This is not a favour, it is an obligation under the international law," Museveni told about 33 foreign diplomats accredited to Uganda during a recent tour in Luweero (where Museveni killed people like flies) and Nakaseke districts.

Not only did Joseph Kony, the rarely-seen head of Uganda's feared rebel Lord's Resistance Army, appear in a DVD to call for an end to a 20-year war, appearing with the vice-president of southern Sudan's autonomous government, which has offered to mediate, but we also learn that the Mouvement Revolutionaire Congolais (MRC), a terrorist Congolese militia founded,financed and trained by Museveni to continue the killing, raping and looting for Museveni in Ituri, eastern Congo,is holding six Nepalese Blue Helmets of the UN Mission in Congo hostage and asking for a $20,000 ransom after killing one. But a UN spokesman for the UN mission in DR Congo (Monuc) told the BBC's Focus on Africa programme that the UN troops had been trying to disarm members of the Nationalist and Integrationist Front (FNI), led by Peter Karim, when the seven peacekeepers went missing. The UN Mission in Congo is "in negotiation" with them and if paid, the money will go to Museveni's pockets.

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Congo still gripped by terrorism. Beware the Lumumba scénario of 1961 (...)

A retired Secret Service agent who was in charge of providing protection for U.S. presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, arrested with 31 other mercenaries who ploted a coup d'État in the Democratic Republic of Congo

After the Tutsi aggression, 32 soldiers who served in Iraq in 'the fight against terrorism' are arrested as 'Mercenaries' in Kinshasa, the capital of DRC which has just been subjected by a six-year long war of agresssion by Tutsi armies backed by well known superpowers.

The 12 South Africans, 10 Nigerians and three Americans, were working in Kinshasa, the capital of the Démocratic Republic of Congo for a private South Africa based security company called Omega Risk Solutions. The Americans were working for AQMI Strategy, a private US security company.

The South African ambassador to the DRC, Sisa Ngombane, said 19 of the men held South African passports. President Thabo Mbeki said "Congo must act firmly against every attempts of destabilisation. Three U.S. citizens, all consultants for Orlando-based AQMI Strategy Corporation, are part of a team providing high-level consulting and security services to Congolese Presidential candidate, Havard-educated Dr. Oscar Kashala.

One of them, Jose Robinson (see photo above, by Wftv), is a former Orlando police captain who served at the right hand of two Orlando mayors. Joe Robinson has been the deputy chief of staff for Mayor Buddy Dyer and an assistant to former Mayor Glenda Hood. He was a SWAT team leader, public-information officer and gang-intervention-unit commander, among many other things. Robinson is well-known among Orlando's politicos for his loyalty to Dyer and Hood. When Dyer, a Democrat, was arrested in 2005, Robinson was at his side as he was booked at the Orange County Jail and when he was cleared. He became Republican Hood's bodyguard, driver and adviser, and helped plan security after the Sept. 11 attacks. The two others were: Kevin Billings, 48, a retired Secret Service agent who was in charge of providing protection for U.S. presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush; and Seth Taylor, a subcontractor from San Diego.

The Americans left for Congo on May 10 and arrived in Kinshasa on May 13. They carried satellite phones and maps. After being held into custody they were released on 28.05.2006. They carried satellite phones and maps. They work at AQMI, a private U.S. security company. They're accused of planning a coup. They were held into custody before being deported, of course justice has been sacrificed for Congo not to attract the mighty wrath of the USA, depsite Abu Graib and Guantanamo, despite america sponsoring the war of agression against Congo!. Poor Congo where a Rwandan Tutsi (Ruberwa) is in charge of national security! We hope it only for the transitional period!

Congo's Interior Minister Theophilus Mbemba said on 24.05.2006: "They came from Iraq, where they had worked as soldiers. The men were caught with military equipment but would not specify the nature or number of the equipment that was seized because the case is still under investigation."

International donors have accused Congo's government of exploiting the alleged coup plot to harass political opponents, which they say is impossible in a country where 17,000 UN troops are deployed (the biggest in the world so far).

Well! Well! The Tutsi army invaded Bukavu in June 2004 under the nose of the UN Mission in Congo, known as Monuc by its french acronym. Laurent Nkunda, aformer Rwandan refugee in Congo who led the invasion confessed that American William Swing, the head of Monuc lent him his private mobile phone (...); The Tutsi armies from Rwanda and Uganda fought each other tree times in Kisangani in 2002, leaving none of themselves dead, but more than 5,000 Congolese dead. This happened still under the nose of Monuc; The recent invasion of Kanyabayonga by Tutsi troops took place under the nose of Monuc... We can go on and on.

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Netherland Institute of Southern Africa (NIZA) apology to Joseph Kabila

NIZA admits it got it wrong over mining contracts and embezzlement and apologises to Joseph Kabila. The question now is what are some of these "holier than thout" or "do-gooders" NGOs working for?

Edward Marek, editor of marekinc.com, once said: “Humanitarian aid groups and NGOs operate from among the most plush building in cities throughout the western world, their staff are paid among the highest salaries, and the funds available come from multiple sources, and the measure of their output is of ten cloudy at best.”

“But they have one other advantage. They have a valid storyline, one that is highly emotionally charged [powerful lobbying effort], one that strikes at the heart and intellect of most caring and thinking people,” he added.

Marek cited the case of Human Rights Watch Africa, a US-based NGO, which reportedly, urged western donors in 1997, to provide nothing to the new government of the Democratic Republic of Congo, then led by President Laurent Désiré Kabila, until guarantees of protection for human rights had been received and that all aid should be tied to democratisation and civil liberties. It spearheaded a negative campaign against the new regime through western media, accusing Laurent Désiré Kabila of having the same dictatorial vibes as his predecessor. Mobutu Sese Seko.

“Until then no one has placed money on the table,” he concluded.

With Laurent Désiré Kabila assassinated, his son Joseph Kabila took over in difficult circumstances. We did think that NGOs would give him a a break, but no way. Joseph Kabila has particularly been subjected to a negative campaign in the western media by the Netherland-based NGO Netherland Institute for Southern Africa (Niza), which caracterised Joseph Kabila’s form of leadership as “a State against its own people, citing mineral exploitation as the main feature of the transitional regime in the Democratic Republic of Congo” . It may well be, but Mr Peter Hermes, Director of Niza has just issued a statement, in which he apologised to Joseph Kabila, admitting that his organisation “Fatal Transactions’report” was not objective and that it was based on false information (given by Kabila’s political opponents?). Please read the letter for yourself:

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In Kabila's Court:

The lessons Joseph Kabila learned from Mobutu's reign:

"Never ever take, never ever believe, never ever try to believe that the nation belongs to you. You belong to the nation. And everything else belongs to the people".

Tea with the FT: Young blood (Toby Heaps - The Financial Times), April 09, 2006, published: April 7 2006

"... I quote the former US ambassador to the Congo, Aubrey Hooks: “Kabila is very quiet and reserved. Those are good qualities for peace and transition but maybe not for what’s ahead.” Kabila is listening carefully now. Leaning forward, he asks, “Can you repeat that?” I repeat it. Kabila pauses, leans back in his chair, crosses his arms and, with a slight smile of defiance, responds. “Well, time will tell,” he says. “Back in 2001 they didn’t believe that Kabila could manage what he promised. I proved them wrong. I always intend to prove wrong my adversaries.”

I note that adversaries are sometimes good teachers. He nods. What about Mobutu Sese Seko, the dictator ousted from power in 1997 by Kabila’s father? What can he learn from Mobutu’s reign? Without hesitating, Kabila answers: “A lot. A lot. First of all, don’t silence democracy. Let democracy thrive. That’s one. Two, never ever take, never ever believe, never ever try to believe that the nation belongs to you. You belong to the nation. And everything else belongs to the people. And three, always know when you have to go, when you have to quit.”

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Dictators'ghosts haunt Congo vote! Can Congo reclaim its history this time?

King Lepold's Ghost, a documentary film narrated by Don Cheadle with Alfre Woodard and James Cromwell and presented by Pippa Scott (don't expect Congolese themselves to be involved as usual) screened at the Maryland Film Festival in the USA.

Ironically, the United States was the first country to recognize Leopold’s personal claim to the Congo, and Europe followed. The same USA backed Mobutu's brutal dictatorship and Europe followed. The same USA backed Rwandan, Ugandan and Burundian troops to invade Congo, loot mineral welath of Congo and massacre 5 million Congolese and Europe followed.

A recent report by Oxfam International castigates rich countries for not giving enough money to help fight a humanitarian crisis in Congo, where more than 1,000 people die daily from violence, hunger and disease. To their shame Italy, Germany and France have committed nothing or almost nothing to the appeal, whilst the contributions of countries like the U.S. and Japan remain minuscule compared with the size of their economies. Oxfam International said donors had committed only $94 million of the $682 million needed for a Humanitarian Action Plan for the Democratic Republic of Congo launched by the United Nations, the Red Cross and aid agencies in February 2006. But donors had invested more than $459 million in support of presidential and parliamentary elections set for July 30. The first multi-party polls in the Congo in 40 years are aimed at drawing a line under years of dictatorship, war and chaos.

Adam Hochschild’s book, King Leopold’s Ghost (1998) has been widely acknowledged as the most devastating portrait of white colonial rule on the African continent (it is estimated that 12 million Congolese died of forced slave labour, hunger and disease). Piecing the story together from archives that had been largely destroyed, Hochschild described colonial plunder beyond imagination. King Leopold II of Belgium, jealous of his sister Queen Victoria and fueled by messianic Christianity, enslaved a nation and ripped out its natural resources for personal gain.

Leopold called this “philanthropy” and dubbed his slave country “Congo Free State.” Most appallingly, he systematically set out to get approval from western nations, and largely succeeded.

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THE GRAND INTERVIEW: President Joseph Kabila Kabange speaks…

Unlike the rest of Congolese politicians, he speaks more about the future of Congo than anything else.

In the aftermath of the declaration of his candidature for the presidential elections, the son of the assassinated Mzee, confided his hopes, his fears et some of his secrets of his private garden to Jeune Afrique.

An exclusive interview by François Soudan and Pascal Airault of the Paris-based magazine Jeune Afrique ((N° 2361, April 2006) with the youngest African Head of State.

Dismissing all the speculations about his origins, Joseph Kabila was categoric: “More Congolese than myself, I don’t see.”

On the forthcoming elections he says: “I am fighting to win" , and reckons: "And I will win.”

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A Good Man in Africa:

Now we know why Laurent Désiré Kabila was killed and what they have made of Congo after his assassination.

By Antoine Roger Lokongo, 12.04.2006

It is the Democratic Republic of Congo’s mineral wealth and the Middle East’s oil that keeps the world economy going, feeding if not keeping afloat all the stock exchanges in so-called rich countries.

Laurent Désiré Kabila understood that very well and was determined TO DEFEND CONGO’S INTERESTS FIRST AND FOREMOST. That is why he is a national hero in Congo.

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A BAD MAN IN AFRICA:

British ally behind world's bloodiest conflict. With minerals looted in Congo, Mr Museveni's government operates an arms factory in Nakasongola district, about 150 miles from the border with Congo. This manufactures ammunition and also reconditions a variety of weapons, ranging from rifles to heavy artillery. Uganda has refused to allow UN investigators to visit this factory. If they did, the serial numbers on its weapons could be noted and the origins of munitions found in Congo could be established for certain.

By David Blair in Bunia, Daily Telegraph special envoy in Bunia, east of the Democratic Republic of Congo
27-April-2006

One of Britain's closest allies in Africa is stoking the flames of anarchy in the Democratic Republic of Congo by arming brutal militias in return for gold and mineral wealth. Uganda backs rebels responsible for ravaging the rugged hills and dense rainforest of Congo's Ituri district, according to United Nations officials and western diplomats. Gunmen, styling themselves the Revolutionary Movement of Congo (known by their French acronym MRC), have forced tens of thousands to flee in the last three months alone.

The flow of weapons from Uganda breaches a UN arms embargo imposed on eastern Congo in 2003 and expanded to cover the entire country last year. At the same time British aid to Uganda totals £70 million this year, of which £30 million goes directly into the coffers of President Yoweri Museveni's government.

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La Grande Bretagne soutient l'Ouganda dans son pillage et son agression contre la RDC. A 150 km de la la frontière avec le Congo, dans le district ougandais de Nakasongola, Museveni a monté une usine de fabrication ou de refectionement d'armes avec des minerais pillés au Congo (Par David Blair, envoyé spécial du quotidien britannique, The Daily Telegraph à Bunia, 27.04.2006).

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Behind the Numbers, Untold Suffering in Congo. How multinationals are stealing Congo's patrimony!

By Keith Harmon Snow and David Barouski, first published in the Zmag.com
5-Mar-2006

Natural riches:

· The Democratic Republic of Congo has 18 major natural resources: bauxite/aluminium, cadmium, cassiterite, coal, cobalt, copper, coltan, diamonds, gas, gold, iron ore, lead, manganese, oil, silver, timber, uranium and zinc
· Congo's soil is reputed to contain every mineral listed in the periodic table
· Congo is thought to hold one-third of the world's cobalt reserves and two-thirds of its coltan, an ore of tantalum, widely used in mobile phones
· It also produces 23,000-27,000 barrels of oil per day.
· Towards the end of the 1980s, Congo was the world's fifth largest producer of copper, the top producer of cobalt and the second largest producer of industrial diamonds.
· Mining activity is predominantly concentrated in the south-eastern and eastern parts of the country.

The British medical journal Lancet recently took greater notice of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) than all western media outlets combined. A group of physicians reported that more than 5 million people have died since the “official” outbreak of the Congolese war in 1998 (1). The BBC reported the war in Congo has claimed more lives than any armed conflict since World War II (2). However, experts working in the Congo, and Congolese survivors, count over 10 million dead since war began in 1996—not 1998—with the U.S.-backed invasion to overthrow Zaire’s President Joseph Mobutu. While the western press quantifies African deaths all the time, no statistic can quantify the suffering of the Congolese. Some people are aware that war in the Congo is driven by the desire to extract raw materials, including diamonds, gold, columbium tantalite (coltan), niobium, cobalt, copper, uranium and petroleum. Mining in the Congo by western companies proceeds at an unprecedented rate.

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COMMENT LES MULTINATIONALES VOLENT LE PATRIMOINE, LES RICHESSES NATURELLES ET MINERALES DU CONGO. EN MEME TEMPS LES CONGOLAIS CROUPISSENT DANS UNE SOUFFRANCE INFRAHUMAINE CASIMENT PASSEE SOUS SILENCE (Un rapport de Keith Harmon Snow et David Barouski, Zmag, 5.03.2006).

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Where does the IMF and the World Bank’s money come from? Who can name a single country which has developed on the basis of the IMF and World Bank handouts?

By Antoine Roger Lokongo
7-April-2006

I had the opportunity to take part in a conference organised by the Royal African Society at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) on 6.04.2006 Mark Plant, senior advisor, IMF Policy Department and Review Department, was the main speaker. He talked about Africa’s debt, the G8 and the IMF. I heard him saying that most of the loans that are forgiven today were contracted by developing countries during the Cold War; and since the Cold War is over, they ought to be cancelled. I started by saying that Laurent Désiré Kabila was right after all! When coming to power in 1997, he refused to pay all the debts that Mobutu contracted during the Cold War then (the IMF and the World Bank used to literally beg Mobutu, their staunch Cold War ally in Central Africa, to borrow the money and Mobutu put it in his accounts in Swiss Banks and became rich).

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D’où vient l’argent du FMI et de la Banque Mondiale? Qui peut nous citer un seul pays qui s’est dévelopé à partir des dons du FMI et de la Banque Mondiale? J’ai eu l’opportunité de participer à une conférence organisée par la “Royal African Society à L’Institut d’Etudes Orientales et Africaines, The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) le 6.04.2006. Mark Plant, Conseiller au Département d’Evaluation et au Département de la politique internationale du FMI était le principal intervenant du jour. Il a parlé des problème de l’endettement de l’Afrique, les pays du G8 et le FMI. Il a laissé entendre que toutes les dettes qui sont actuellement abrogées ont été contractées par les pays pauvres pendant la Guerre Froide. Etant donné que la Guerre Froide a vecu, ces dettes doivent être effacées. Dans mon intervention, j’ai commencé par dire que l’histoire donne enfin raison à Laurent Désiré Kabila. Quand il est arrivé au pouvoir en 1997, il a réfusé de payer toutes les dettes contractées par Mobutu “pendant la Guerre Froide”

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SHOOTING DOGS, is a new british film on the 1994 genocide in Rwanda that still encapsulates the entire mythology of genocide in Rwanda and the invented heroism of now president Paul Kagame and the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF). It fails like other films on the genocide in Rwanda to ask vital questions, such as: "Who shot the plane carrying Hutu president Juvenal Habyarimana and his Burundian counterpart, President Cyprien Ntaryamira, a terrorist act which kick-started the genocide...?

But in his investigative report Keith Harmon Snow,an American independent investigative journalist who also covered the genocide, reveals the true and deeper facts on the genocide that receive little attention, if any at all!
31-Mar-2006

The following are the true and deeper facts about the genocide in Rwanda: {1}The RPF’s illegal invasion of Rwanda from Uganda in 1990; {2}its record of war crimes committed from 1990-1994; {3} the RPF double assassination of the Hutu presidents of Burundi and Rwanda on April 6, 1994; {4} the RPF’s massive contre-genocide of hundreds of thousands of Hutu refugees in Congo (Zaire), of refugees returning to Rwanda from Congo, and of Hutus in Rwanda itself; {5} the RPF’s repeated invasions and continuing looting and devastation of the Congo, with the involvement and sanction of RPF officials at the highest level, that continues today; and {6} the collaborating roles of Western institutions, individuals and corporations, and the economic and political benefits that accrue to them, at the expense of Africa and her people.

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In the footsteps of Patrice Lumumba: Joseph Kabila finally announces he will run for president as an independent candidate, above political parties and for all the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo

Kinshasa
23-Mar-2006

It is now clear, President Kabila will run for president, as an independent candidate, for all the people of Congo at the elections.

"I'm joining the race as the candidate of the people," said Kabila, the 34-year-old leader of Congo's postwar national-unity government, which is arranging the first presidential elections in four decades.

This, notwithstanding the fact that his party, the People's Party for Reconstruction and Democracy (PPRD), which has backed Kabila during the country's fragile transition from war towards democracy, had made the call to him to stand after a party congress in February.

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Democratic Republic of Congo: the future is bright

Antoine Roger Lokongo
5-Mar-2006

Kabila with the constitution.

“Ladies and gentlemen, the runaway in Kinshasa is rough and so you might feel a bit uncomfortable. But there is nothing to worry about.”

I have heard the pilot repeat that same mantra again and again whenever my plane takes off from Kinshasa. It is only this time that I have managed to put it into perspective.: that the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo is difficult in every aspects, but the future is bright. Kabila’s country has come a long way, as far as the transitional process is concerned. It was in 1990, the year that one of his 7 year mandate came to an end that Mobutu Sese Seko warmed up to multiparty democracy and promised to organise free and fair elections since he took power in a coup in 1961, after betraying Patrice Lumumba. Mobutu stayed on for another 7 years without any mandate until Laurent Désiré Kabila kicked him out in 1997. The rest is history.

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"We will do all for the elections not to be disturbed by armed groups," President Joseph Kabila tells the French daily Le Figaro.

The President's announcement follows the news according to which, Rwandan-backed Tutsi terrorists and insurgents in Democratic Republic of Congo are recruiting children as young as 12, often by force, to swell their ranks before historic elections in the giant central African state, Amnesty International said on Friday.

The London-based rights watchdog said many of those taking up guns in the lawless east are former child soldiers who had been demobilised and reunited with their families. A fresh wave of conscription was forcing many others to flee their homes.

"Once again Congolese children are being abducted and ruthlessly exploited by military leaders to further their own military and political ends," Amnesty researcher Veronique Aubert said in a statement.

"For several weeks, anti-government forces loyal to dissident general Laurent Nkunda, a former Rwandan refugee who became Congolese, have been recruiting children, often by force, in the Masisi and Rutshuru territories of North Kivu (province)," Aubert added.

Le Figaro
15-Mar-2006

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Green light for EU Congo peacekeeping mission: At least 10 and up to 14 EU countries could take part in it given so much at stake in Lumumba's country should it unravel. Britain will help with the planning but would not provide troops said British defence Secretary John Reid, because of its commitments in Afghanistan and Iraq (...)

France is prepared to take charge in the Congolese capital Kinshasa and Germany will command overall mission headquarters in Potsdam, near Berlin. Both France and Germany are expected to commit 500 troops each to the mission, but are waiting on confirmed commitments from other nations.Spain and Portugal would each send 100 soldiers, Sweden up to 50 and Belgium about 40.

Brussels
21-Mar-2006

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RWANDA AND UGANDA COME UNDER FIRE AT THE SECURITY COUNCIL FOR ATTEMPTING TO PERTURB ELECTIONS IN CONGO, WHICH ATTEMPT ENDED IN FAILURE

The Congolese army backed by U.N. peacekeepers killed four Rwanda and Uganda backed dissident fighters on Sunday 29.01.2006, pushing them out of a town they had overrun in a four-day offensive that has forced more than 50,000 people from their homes. A senior Congolese army officer said on Friday that 21 attackers and two government soldiers were killed near Rutshuru.

Fighters loyal to renegade ex-army commander Laurent Nkunda (a Tutsi who came as a refugee in Congo), who reject a peace process to end Democratic Republic of Congo's five-year war, began an offensive in the east of the country on Thursday and have briefly occupied a number of towns and villages in cat-and-mouse fighting with the army.

Nkunda and his men are of Rwandan Tutsi descent and they fear restoring central government authority under the peace process will rob them of influence built up during the 1998-2003 war when the main pro-Rwandan rebel group controlled the area.

Meanwhile, the French daily Le Monde on Monday 24.01.2006 that the eight UN soldiers from Guatemala recently killed in the battle in eastern Congo were involved in a pro-Uganda operation to finsih the LRA, attacking them from the Congolese territory, from Kisangani. Two British secret agents took part in the operation spying for Uganda. How long have they been in Kisangani?


DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: THE "YES" VOTE WIN OVER THE "NO" AS PEOPLE BACK THE NEW CONSTITUTION. THATS IS A TATE OF DEMOCRACY SINCE THE SAVAGE ASSASINATION BY "WESTERN AGENTS" OF PATRICE LUMUMBA IN 1961, THE FIRST ELECTED CONGOLESE ELECTED EVER SINCE.

Final result (11.01.2006): 84.31% for "yes" against 15.59% for the "No". So, Voters in the Democratic Republic of Congo have overwhelmingly backed a new post-war constitution in a referendum, early results indicate.

This opens the way for the first multi-party poll in the former Zaire in more than 40 years.


About the Congo Panorama/A propos du Congo Panorama:

We at The Congo Panorama aim to be the messengers of a new consciousness that the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo have reached. ~ Le Panorama Congolais se veut un instrument efficace, la plate forme d’une nouvelle conscience que le peuple Africain en général et le peuple Congolais en particulier ont atteint.

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