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RDC: Kalev Mutondo – Communique de Presse (08.05.2019)


DR Congo: Ebola claims over 1,000 lives, Guterres commits ‘whole’ UN system, to help ‘end the outbreak’ (09.05.2019)

Mr. Guterres expressed concern over the number of new Ebola cases in the east of the DRC on Wednesday, reiterating UN support “for efforts to end the outbreak”.

NEW YORK, United States of America, May 9, 2019 – Now in its tenth month, the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has claimed more than a thousand lives, prompting Secretary-General António Guterres to throw the support of “the whole United Nations system” into stemming the spread of the deadly virus.

Mr. Guterres expressed concern over the number of new Ebola cases in the east of the DRC on Wednesday, reiterating UN support “for efforts to end the outbreak”.

“With important shifts in the response now being implemented, the Secretary-General has emphasized his commitment to a collective UN-wide approach, both in Kinshasa, where the UN is led by his special representative, and in the areas affected by the virus, where the response is led by WHO [World Health Organization], all in close liaison with Congolese leaders both in Kinshasa and eastern DRC”, said his Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq, in a statement on behalf of the UN chief.

Mr. Guterres expressed his condolences to the victims’ families and reiterated that the full involvement and engagement of local people “remains the key to successfully controlling the outbreak”.

He also urged “all Congolese leaders to work together across parties and across communities to tackle the outbreak”.

“At this critical juncture”, Mr. Guterres underscored the need for “additional resources” and called on Member States and partner organizations “to ensure the responding agencies have the resources needed to succeed”.

The Secretary-General commended the Government, institutions and Congolese people themselves on the overall response so far, which has contained the outbreak to within parts of two provinces, which are home to multiple armed groups, which have been battling each other and Government forces for years.

He also applauded “the bravery of security, health and humanitarian workers who have put their lives on the line in a challenging environment marked by conflict and insecurity”, including attacks on Ebola Treatment Centres and healthcare facilities and recognized their work in vaccinating more than 100,000 people and saving the lives of hundreds who have contracted the disease.

Life-saving vaccinations

Meanwhile, amidst continuing violence, WHO experts (SAGE) have recommended new Ebola Vaccination Guidelines to address the challenges in stemming the virus.

Since the outbreak was declared in August 2018, WHO has said that despite the use of a highly efficacious vaccine, the number of new cases continues to rise, in part due to repeated violence, which has prevented response teams from immediately identifying and creating vaccination rings around all people at risk of contracting Ebola.

“We know that vaccination is saving lives in this outbreak,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, but “we still face challenges in making sure the contacts of every case receive the vaccine as soon as possible”.

“These recommendations account for ongoing insecurity and incorporate feedback from experts and from the affected communities that will help us continue to adapt the response”, he affirmed.

Among other things, new SAGE recommendations endorse pop-up and targeted geographic vaccination approaches, when appropriate; advise vaccinating the next level of people who may be exposed, such as in neighborhoods where cases have been reported within the past 21 days; and adjusting the current dose to ensure that the vaccine continues to be available to those at greatest risk of Ebola.

RDC: MENCHA/UDPS – Memorandum du Mental Engage pour le Changement (MENCHA) Relatif a la Crise Politique au Sankuru (08.05.2019)

RDC: ASADHO Lettre au Président Felix Tshisekedi sur la fiscalité de la Gécamines (03.05.2019)

RDC: Declaration Politique de la Jeunesse Congolaise de la Diaspora (07.05.2019)

RDC: Ensemble – Cabinet du President – Communique de Presse (06.05.2019)

RDC: Point de Presse de Martin Fayulu du Lundi 06 Mai 2019 en Rapport avec l’Invitation du Commissaire General Adjoint Charge de la Police Judiciaire (06.05.2019)

The Reign of Tshisekedi: The 100 days of Nothing!

Surely, the wonder of the world isn’t in the hands of President Felix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, even if he has a fancy title and have the highest office of the Republic. Still, its not like his governing with pride or with honour. As his government aren’t really succeeding and by everyday going.

There are enough trouble brewing in the Republic. There is still lingering insurgency in the provinces of Kivu. The lack of treatment or care for the health care personnel whose there to stagnate the rising crisis in the spiralling ebola crisis. Therefore, there is enough to twist your mind around it, just right there. That without the other powerful questions lingering for the Presidency.

How will the Presidency keep the Katanga satisfied and their will to challenge the Republic, whenever they see fit. When will the President ensure all areas of Ituri is safe. Alas, when will the republic secure and provide status and fair taxation of the mineral extraction industry. Not to forget about the illegal logging and mining in general, done by various rebel outfits, whose questionable support from foreign powers also lingers on like a sour thumb. Hurting innocent civilians and destroying their future.

This is what is happing and a dying silence. The former President and his party, owns the Parliament, has the most of the vital parts of local government and currently in control of all bodies in the near proximity of the President. President Tshisekedi aka Fatshi, who has to beg for the predecessor to do anything. Kabila can toy around and ensure his will be done, as the FCC-CACH agreement is in his mercy and the ones from CACH has to pray to the Gods to get anything. Vital Kamerhe and Tshisekedi was useful pawns for his game.

Now, the same government using similar protocol as it did under the previous leadership to question the opposition and even putting criminal charges on them. Now Martin Fayulu has to get interviewed for “crimes” and the old charges against Moise Katumbi is reappearing out of the forgotten records of cold-cases in Kinshasa. As the G-7/Ensemble/Lamuka leader planned to return from exile. However, by doing that, he would again get into legal jeopardy. The opposition coalition is lucky enough to have Fayulu and Jean Pierre Bemba on its team inside the Republic. Both of them, can certainly anticipate to be touched the Ministry of Justice and the Police. Therefore, the planned changes, seems meaningless. As his doing the same and not really changing anything. Except for hiring close friends and relatives to fitting offices, but that is protocol at this day and age.

Fatshi haven’t delivered anything and he will not have the power to do so. He has to meet and greet Kabila, every time he needs something done. Even beg him for a possibility to pick his Prime Minister. That is even a diplomatic mission for the President, which powers are so little and benign. That Mr. Joseph must be grinning, every time he looks in the mirror. He doesn’t have the scrutiny or the hassle, but the perks. Kabila can enjoy his cup of tea/coffee in the shadows of a tree, while awaiting his President to come and talk for pleasantries. Doing his bidding, to get possibly a positive outcome. Because, the Parliament is his, the Representatives and Governors are his. CACH have nearly nothing and the CENI has blessed this.

Tshisekedi is a puppet, a giant puppet, a puppet with a title. Its not magnificent and not even brilliant. The President is currently a slave to his own fortune, that he was a part of a loot of an election in December 2018 and thought he could get away with it. Now, the same man making deals with are having a field day, because he outsmarted Fatshi and he never understood it. Still, the wants to act like the big-man.

However, the President isn’t a big-man, he tours like one and spends money like one. But at the end of the day. Its Kabila whose still in power and controls it all.

It was supposed to be a “opposition” victory and swift changes. Alas, nothing new under under the sun, just another name to the cupcake or the muffin. Just another colour on the banner and a new suit. Nothing new, nothing changed, except the billing address and possibly the theme. The President of today is about the same as the one of yesterday. Only difference right now is that Kabila didn’t do it with blessings, he did it because he could. On the other hand, Tshisekedi is asking for handouts and for help to rule, because he got nothing.

This is a boring game and will grow old. Quick. An his term is only starting. A 100 days of Nothing. Peace.

Attacks in Congo’s North Kivu province push tens of thousands to flee – UNHCR (03.05.2019)

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

GENEVA, Switzerland, May 3, 2019 –  By Babar Baloch

Insecurity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s North Kivu province led to more than 100,000 people fleeing their homes in April.

As attacks continue to terrorize the population, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is extremely worried about the safety of civilians. The displaced are in a desperate situation, and access to them is being hampered by the volatile situation.

It is estimated that up to 60,000 people fled in April as a result of fighting around Kamango near the town of Beni. In the same month, an estimated 50,000 people fled in neighbouring Lubero Territory, where the Congolese Army was fighting Mai-Mai armed groups.

While a string of attacks by armed groups within Beni town has now ceased, these have moved to rural areas. Fighting also continues in southern parts of North Kivu and towards the provincial capital of Goma. Kidnappings and killings have traumatized the population. Often, displaced people are the targets. Last week, five mutilated bodies were found in a river in Masisi Territory, around 60 kilometres to the northwest of Goma. The bodies included those of three children. Four of the dead were people who had been kidnapped from Kashuga, a nearby displacement site.

In the same area, over 20,000 newly displaced civilians have arrived over the past months in just three small towns – Mweso, Kashuga and Kirumbu in Masisi Territory.

UNHCR teams visiting the area have received reports of rape, and of child recruitment by armed groups.

DRC’s North Kivu province remains one of the country’s most displacement affected regions with an estimated displaced population of over a million. It also has the highest number of reported incidents of sexual and gender-based violence in the country. The number of reported cases of rape has risen in particular in Masisi Territory.

UNHCR has scaled up its activities in DRC’s provinces of North Kivu and Ituri since August 2018. Among our priorities are supporting people in need of protection, such as survivors of sexual violence. And working with communities to strengthen their capacity to cope with multiple crises plus providing basic shelter to displaced persons and returnees.

However, our response is being affected by a lack of funds for even basic humanitarian support, such as shelter or help for women at risk of sexual violence and exploitation. Of US$47 million needed in 2019 for the response to internal displacement in DRC, UNHCR has received only US$6.2 million in contributions.

DRC: Ebola situation worsening while support lags (30.04.2019)

Statement from WHO High-Level Mission to Butembo, DRC

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, have concluded a visit to Butembo, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was in Butembo on 19 April that WHO epidemiologist Dr Richard Mouzoko was killed by armed men while he and colleagues were working on the Ebola response.

“Dr Mouzoko’s death moved me profoundly. On this mission, he was on my mind the whole time as we met with other dedicated colleagues. I am also profoundly worried about the situation. Cases are increasing because of violent acts that set us back each time. We have already begun to adjust our response.”

Dr Tedros and Dr Moeti traveled to Butembo to express their gratitude and show support to WHO and partner organization staff, while also assessing the next steps needed to strengthen both security and the Ebola response effort. They also met with local political, business and religious leaders, and called on them to accelerate their efforts to stabilize the surrounding environment.

They urged the international community to step up support to contain the Ebola outbreak, including filling the funding gap that threatens to stymie the Ebola response.

Most Ebola response activities, including community engagement, vaccination, and case investigation, have been re-launched following a slowdown in the wake of the attack that left Dr. Mouzoko dead and two people injured. However, they expressed deep concern that a rise in reported cases in recent weeks is straining resources even further.

“My pride and respect for my extraordinary colleagues has only grown,” said Dr Moeti. “They have been through something unimaginable and yet are willing to continue this vital work. We need the security situation to be under control for them and for the local people. During our mission, we had fruitful discussions with the partners who provide security cover to see what more could be done. Meanwhile, we will continue to work with various groups and embed our response at the community level.”

The delegation met the Mayor of Butembo, Sylvain Kanyamanda Mbusa, the US Ambassador, Michael A. Hammer, the Deputy Special Representative of the peacekeeping mission to the DRC (MONUSCO), David Gressly, and other UN partners, business, religious and political leaders, and NGOs active in the response.

“We are entering a phase where we will need major shifts in the response,” said Dr Tedros. WHO and partners cannot tackle these challenges without the international community stepping in to fill the sizeable funding gap.”

Only half of the currently requested funds have been received, which could lead to WHO and partners rolling back some activities precisely when they are most needed.

“We will continue to adjust the response, as we have done for each context in each community,” said Dr Moeti. “This worrisome rise in cases is a further call to action. In the end, it is only through the ownership by all the affected communities that the outbreak will end. Some would have Ebola drive us apart. We can only defeat it if we all work together.”

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