The partner organizations reaffirm their support to the political dialogue in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and call on all Congolese stakeholders to work towards its successful holding (06.06.2016)

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NEW YORK, United States of America, June 6, 2016 –  The African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN), the European Union (EU) and the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF) are closely following the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The four organizations act under the framework of their partnership for peace and security in Africa, as well as their collective commitment to support the DRC in consolidating the achievements recorded during the last decade.

The four partner organizations underline once again the crucial importance of holding a successful political dialogue with all Congolese stakeholders leading to a consensus that would allow for free, fair, transparent and credible elections to take place in accordance with the framework of the Congolese Constitution, thus preserving peace and stability in the country and deepening the democratic process and the rule of law.

The four organizations reaffirm their full support to the facilitation efforts led by Mr. Edem Kodjo on behalf of the AU. In this context, they have agreed to set up a support group to the facilitation, which also includes representatives of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and to mobilize the expertise and resources needed to maximize chances of achieving a successful dialogue.

The four organizations underline the primary responsibility of the government and all concerned Congolese stakeholders to maintain peace and stability in the DRC, to preserve the hard-won gains and to strengthen democracy and the rule of law. In this regard, they urge all Congolese actors to join the dialogue and extend their full cooperation to the Facilitator, recalling that he is acting within the framework of the relevant bodies of the AU and resolution 2277.

The four organizations urge the Government and all political actors in the DRC to refrain from any action that could increase tensions or lead to violence. More than ever, restraint and the spirit of responsibility are needed at this particular moment of the history of the DRC. The four partner organizations also call on the government to maintain its commitment to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution of the DRC, including by releasing political prisoners; bearing in mind that the preservation of political space and fundamental freedoms enshrined in the Constitution is a necessary condition to the success of the political dialogue, an outcome to which President Kabila has expressed his utmost commitment.

DRC – More on Beni, North Kivu; FDLR in splitting in two militias? That being FDLR-Foca and CNRD-Ubwiyunge!

«Eringeti, North Kivu Province, DR Congo: The MONUSCO Deputy Force Commander, Major General Jean Baillaud and Major General Leo Mushale of the DR Congo Armed Forces, speaking to media, in Kasana camp, on Operation "Usalama" against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). Photo MONUSCO/Abel Kavanagh»
«Eringeti, North Kivu Province, DR Congo: The MONUSCO Deputy Force Commander, Major General Jean Baillaud and Major General Leo Mushale of the DR Congo Armed Forces, speaking to media, in Kasana camp, on Operation “Usalama” against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). Photo MONUSCO/Abel Kavanagh»

There are new reports and it is unsettling, that is not that I have grand expose, but it should be questioned. The concern is for the North and South Kivu, also in Ituri Province. Where there are not only Allied Democratic Force (ADF) and the Democratic Forces Liberation Rwanda (FDLR).

The recent reports are talking of split in the FLDR. There are now two sides of the coin and there have become a FDLR-Foca, have spilt with Gen. Wilson Irategeta who has created the CNRD-Ubwiyunge. This happens after Wilson Iretegeta was suspended as 2 Vice-President; therefore he made a decision and created a new guerrilla, instead of still being demoted in the FDLR-Foca.

What the UNICEF said recently:

“in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, as armed groups, including the Forces Democratiques pour la Liberation du Rwanda (FDLR), and several Mai-Mai groups carried out brutal attacks against civilians and the FARDC. Fighting between armed groups and the FARDC continued to generate mass population displacement, particularly in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, with 200,000 new IDP’s since the beginning of 2016” (DRC Humanitarian Situation Report March April – UNICEF, 2016).

FARDC Beni May 2016

With this in mind and with what happen in May 2016, where the massacre in Beni happen under the watch of FARDC, and the militias, even Ex-FAR Gen. Muhindo Akili Mundos have been implicated in “Cleansing” areas as paying soldiers per head of the dead. So there are violence put into motion, not only by the known forces, but also by deflectors. As the Rwandan FDLR who has spilt into two, FDLR-Foca and CNRD-Ubwiyunge, with the knowledge of Mai-Mai or Mayi-Mayi depending on how you write it. Then you have the Ugandan rebels from ADF who also keeps certain villages and areas to themselves.

There so many groups and warlords, while the MONUSCO, the Blue Helmets just watches, as the known secret is that even in Refugee and Internally Displaced Camps there are not only guns and training by certain militias, but also done in while the Blue Helmets are eating lunch there. Still, the silence happens while the civilians and such are fleeing.

If you wonder what they are able to do watch this:

After the Recent massacre they are calling Beni a “ghost-town” not in such as they have ghost-voters and ghost-schools for Kabila Government to embezzle state-funds, instead it is ghost-town because of the violence and killings, with also knowledge of fear of continuation from both the men from Gen. Mundos and ADF. While not too far away to the areas controlled by either FDLR-Foca or CNRD-Ubwiyunge.

“Anastase Kamuhanda (with Congolese telephone number), the NDRC Ubwiyunge lists claws brought against Major General Victor Byiringiro: he has no vision for the military conduct of the movement armed, does not respect the decisions taken in committee, tarnishes the image of the rebellion, and would have fired on a convoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for refugees and the Congolese refugee Commission. The National Council for Renewal and Democracy (CNRD-Ubwiyunge ) said have the ambition to go “with dignity” Rwandan refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The movement also announced to want to fight for political change in Rwanda” (…)”As for the FDLR, it refutes the allegations of the dissidents. And they are accused of betraying the cause and work with the Rwandan government. “The Congolese government has himself said that the convoy had been attacked by an unidentified armed group,” it said among other reactions” (Echos du Rwanda, 02.06.2016).

North Kivu view

The way that this now is unfolding, that the Rwandan are claiming and holding up the Congolese Government statement, proves that they knows more then they say, as if they we’re not involved in business in the Kivu’s they would not have addressed a “unidentified armed group”, and what does that mean? That is vague and vanilla, instead of addressing it properly.

Just as this statement said about 3rd May around Beni:

“The MRL sympathizes with the families of at least 17 people were killed Tuesday, May 3, 2016 in the evening by suspected rebels ADF about 60 kilometers north-east of the town of Beni in North Kivu . Julien Paluku, governor of North Kivu, said that efforts are being made on the ground to deal with the perpetrators of these dastardly and heinous massacres and thereby bring peace to this part of the DRC” (Mouvement des Réformateurs Libéraux, 09.05.2016).

What is saddening me is how little ripple effect the writing and questioning this militias and fortunes earned on the mineral-rich provinces of Kivu’s and Ituri. They are violated by Rwandan and Ugandan militias, while Uganda export Cobalt and gold in vast amounts, the same happens in Kigali and that is Rwanda. They are earning fortunes and wealth on the killings and depleting the areas where they do not reside. While nobody is interesting in stopping it, the Blue-Helmets are a standby force who doesn’t even stop the supply of small-arm weapons in the IDPs Camps in the Kivu’s. That is worrying… and should worry about the violence without impunity and the length of the conflict in provinces. The silence and the little care for stopping it. While the minerals are exported at a steady pace to industrial countries… some even exporting weapons back to the area.

There are reckless behavior if it from the Militias, the Warlords, the Blue-Helmets and the Central Government of the Congo. That the DRC authorities, who act silent on this as the FARDC are not really getting rid of the militias, while the killings in the Province continue and the doubling down on the actions in North Kivu. So there are reasons for the spreading the reports and show that there are violence and killings in the Kivu’s and not letting it, because they deserve peace and justice, like everybody else, even if there is a bit to much of Cobalt in the region… Peace.

Note Circulaire No. 1/551/CAB/GK-NK/2016 (29.05.2016) – Portant Suspension des Mouvements des Populations Inconnues en Province du Nord Kivu, en Particulier en Territoire de Beni

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#Telema and #Yebela – Demonstrations against the killings in Beni and also against the Third Term for President Kabila all-over the DRC

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Today there we’re planned marches from the Opposition in Lubumbashi, Kisangani, Bukavo, Goma and Kinshasa after what I perceived information and the reports today are startling.

Kinshasa 26.05.2016 Tear Gas

As there were planned demonstrations in the capital Kinshasa, there was calm in the morning, but there we’re many closed stores and police we’re in the streets. Also less traffic than normal as well. The youth of the UDPS with its head David Mukeba was the first line to the front of the demonstrations at one point, so UPDS Youth was not following party-line and participating in the demonstrations. At one point the Police barricaded the Martyr’s Stadium. At the MLC Headquarters the Police threw tear-gas at the demonstrators there. This was even said on the Police action: As they walked on the proposed route, the protesters still had to retreat. “Even on the route imposed yesterday, they charge” (…)“We respected the line established by agreement Tuesday”. This proves that the agreements made the ones behind the Demonstrations and the Authorities, the Big-Men change their mind and then the Police starting to use fear and intimidation against the people on the streets of Kinshasa. What is shocking: “that Congresswoman Maman Eve Bazaiba Masudi has just been shot in the leg”. She wa apart of the Demonstration in Kinshasa today!

What the Police have said about the Demonstrations in Kinshasa:

“Police talks about 2,000 demonstrators in Kinshasa. 35 police injured in the capital. The spokesman said no trace respected.Police said an accident caused the death of a civilian. Also there we’re 6 serious injuries, but No Police officer shot”. “They promised a peaceful protest and we found ourselves facing the rioters ,” said the police spokesman.

Lubumbashi 26.05.2016

The planned demonstrations in Lubumbashi did not happen as the people we’re scared as the Police was already in the streets, and the demonstrators was not organized as their leadership was disorganized by the authorities.

Kisangani 26.05.2016

In Kisangani the town was totally silent after the Police and Authorities didn’t allow the Opposition to demonstrate in town. There been reported that their been arrest in town, but no accurate number.

DRC Bukavo 26.05.2016

While in Bukavo there we’re demonstration that the Police tried to disperse as several of demonstrators are arrested and even some are hurt by the Police brutality in town.

Goma 26.05.2016

There we’re demonstrations in Goma, and there the Police brutality went even further where even pictures of demonstrators killed by the Police. There been reported arrest from the Police in town, I don’t have any number. This is also reported from there: “minor children have been detained by police for participating in demonstrations, as the children showed tears when they boarded the Police pick-up”. There was also reported that as the Police shot towards the demonstrators with live-bullets they even hit and wounded a Six-Year old girl in her leg.

In Butembo in North Kivu where there also we’re demonstrations there are released pictures of a demonstrator who was killed by Security Forces during the demonstration in town. In the town while the Police dispersed the public, are truck hit a motorcycle and arrest 4 students and 1 UNC member.

In Bunia there we’re demonstrations, as everywhere else, the Police Brutality we’re there and they used force to disperse the demonstrators. They got 30 minutes to march in the town before the Police starting doing their thing.

What the UN Human Righs DRC is reporting: “at least 9 prohibited demonstrations, 59 people arrested, 1 person & 1 policeman killed, 4 injured” (UN, 26.05.2016).

Gustave Moke reports this about today: “Dr-Congo 100.000 people march against Kabila’s third term & call 4 Pres. Elections: 2 dead, 19 arrest, 57 injured” (Moke, 26.05.2016).

So today the People where it was possible and as long as they we’re allowed too, they walked asked for change in constitution and justice for the people dying in Beni; while the Authorities with their security organization did what they could to disperse, detain and even at some points even taking lives. There been showing their true face and little dignity towards the citizens and protestors. They also protest against the breach of constitution if the current President Kabila wishes to go for a third term, which is most likely; as there haven’t been since independence any peaceful change of Head of State or the President. They have been sitting in power until somebody came with enough guns to punch the clock and take the salary; then they either go into exile or the casket. Therefore the next election is important. Peace.

Press Release: RDC – La Position de L’UDPS En Rapport Avec La Conference De Presse Du Facilitateur (23.05.2016)

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DRC: “the UN High Commissioner urged the government to allow the march on May 26 and worries about 22000 local NGOs” (24.05.2016)

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“The Americans should not blame one hand and wash the other, but that is what they do”; their current policy in Central and Eastern Africa; as they planning sanctions towards the DR Congo after the intimidation of their opposition!

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I was reading today the American Government are planning to add sanctions on the Congolese Authorities, to be precise the Democratic Republic of Congo, the President Joseph Kabila and his cadres in the central government in Kinshasa, after the house-arrest, hard treatment of Opposition and dispersing of public protest after the recent massacre in Beni, North Kivu Province.

I am supposed to be happy that the American Government and the people around Secretary for Foreign Affairs John Kerry wants to do something else than smile and cheers, other than silent diplomacy and actually act. Why I am so disgusted that these men are actually doing something. That is not how I am supposed to feel, right?

I am supposed to be giddy that the American Government acts and propose to inflict harm on the leadership that sponsor and hurt their own civilians and creates havoc to control power, instead of honouring principals of democracy and fair business partnership with the rest of world. Sincerely, I am not.

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This is not how it’s supposed to be, the distinctive joy should be on my face as there is finally some action, but there is not. These actions should not just happen because of Moïse Katumi of the G-7, is hurt and hospitalized in Johannesburg, South Africa. That is not events and wished effects of standing against the big-man of the last decade Mzee, Joseph Kabila. Well, so why is this feeling so strange and why is the taste of the matter so wrong. Maybe it is because of general bigger picture, as my mind is inflicting on the currents actions elsewhere in the neighbourhood of the DRC. I am still supposed to be general happy that Mr. Kerry finally offers two fishes and two breads to the world. Still, it seems like fatigue and displeasure for the American Government.

Maybe, it is because they are not doing the same to Rwandan Government and President Paul Kagame, who are keeping his worst enemy and opposition figure lingering in jail like she is a terrorist; and not a fellow opposition, while toying around with a DPGR who has no power what-so ever. While the President hassle with the rest of them and pin them down if they don’t follow his moral decency and his leadership. That is why even the ones in the closest circle have fled the country and later been silenced. Still, though the American Government still support the regime and does it silently too. But hey that is diplomacy.

Zanzibar Election 2016

While the American Government have troubles with the recent Zanzibar Elections and the troubled control of the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) who won the elections. Therefore the USAID agency the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) suspended their aid and electricity projects in Tanzania. Because of the Zanzibar Election that was flawed they did this and stopped the actual development for the ethics. Back then, it was supposed to make me happy, but it didn’t.

Still, the issues with the Ugandan government, the favourable ally of the American Government and their made-man President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who has no hassle with having a well rigged election, a sham election and steal the whole Parliament, take the voters and ballots while deploying army and police force intimidating the population. Still, enforcing rules and laws that controls the Opposition parties; while also detaining them who was crossing the ruling regime in the word of “defiance”. Even smashing them and detaining the leader in treason after the election. Still, also forcing the American and other if they question the ruler and his regime they pull out of the Central African Republic and even AMISOM. So the Ally would not like to be played with, even if they go against the values of the donors or the traits that offered the blessing of the state coffers before. Even if the Americans are walking out because of ICC statements, but nothing seriously since they are allies they still want to forge the relations between the Americans and the Ugandan. That makes me mind vomit in disgust of the acts of these, as they can detain and harass fellow citizen without no mercy, while the other gets punished.

Kampala 11.05.2016

I was supposed to be happy about the electoral flawed election in Zanzibar and the suspension of aid projects in Tanzania. I wasn’t as they still flow the money to Uganda when they have had general election made in the name of the Executive and the NRM elite, but nothing has happen of sort from Americans. The Democratic Republic of Congo have might a smidge of freight and intimidation towards the Opposition and then the Americans plans to suspends it; while in Uganda the Opposition are detained, oppressed and tortured while the NRM lingers in Power. The Americans are silent and supporting the Regime with arms and guns to fight other wars for them, therefore they are silent and not trying to offend.

It is not like it is wrong in general of the American Government to approach and question the Tanzanian and Congolese governments, more that they are throwing the stones in a glass house. They are shooting canons at the birds. There is something wrong with the whole picture.

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I am disgusted because of the reasoning, and the worry of the state of affairs. We can see the double standard of the approach from the American Government towards the Congolese and Ugandans; the double standard between the Tanzanian and the Ugandans. So with that in mind the Tanzanian and Congolese have to answer to Washington to get their meal ticket. While the Ugandan are allowed to eat at the table without nearly question.

It is not that Kabila are a man I admire or respect. Not that I respect Kagame or his cadres. While the walking thunders of governance under President Magufuli, still his government secured his man in Zanzibar, he proves to be a man of leadership when it earns his coins. While it is justified to stop the projects, still questionable moral leadership from the Americans… since they let everybody else get away with it. The Ugandan is a torn in the flesh of the Americans; he should be the modern day Mobutu Sese Seko of Gbadolit and the Zaire Republic.

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Just like the American Government accepted the Ugandan and Rwandan forces in taking down the Mobutu, they might strike again against Museveni, though I doubt it at this time; since they still need him in C.A.R. and Somalia. Though their double standards towards Kabila and Magufuli are not justified as long as they are allied with Museveni; that is what makes me vomit and hassle with them.

The rules of the game are different between them and the rest. The Americans accept that the Ugandans violates everything as long as they use their lives and guns in battles they don’t want to be part of, but just support. Instead the Tanzanian and Congolese who does practically the same ends up with a bargain or punished as they are hustled by the Americans. That is why I wasn’t happy and why it feels wrong.

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Not that it is not deserved towards President Kabila and the Congolese Authorities; who doesn’t stop the killings in Beni, North Kivu. So with that in mind, it is in the decency of the Americans to give him sanctions; but instead they do so because of the oppression of the opposition. This happens while Dr. Kizza Besigye lingers in jail and the FDC leaders are detained and house-arrested. That does not get punished. The bad election of Tanzania gets punished, but the Ugandan is a sham and still does not get punished.

Certainly the Americans are selling themselves short, or acting a fool. They are making people vomit of their arrogance. As their rules are played around like wild-cards depending on their current allies, as the Mobutu at some point was getting all the glory as the Swamp-Monster killed Patrice Lumumba and the CIA was reported to be involved. Though the silence are rimming deep, while the American got their loyal cadre Mobutu to be set on the throne and do their policy.

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So now that Kabila is not a loyal cadre of Washington and doesn’t answer to them. Therefore he is punished, even doing the same as Museveni, still Museveni can walk like proud-cock in Kampala without fear while he torture his own. The Americans must walk around in Glory. John Kerry must think solid of this policy amongst his men and the banks keeping the pocketed politicians on the hill, and they dance to the tunes that cover their war-chest .

I should be happy today, but I am not, I am tired, I am pissed, I am disgusted and rancid of this mess of an approach of a power to intervene and make a difference. Instead they build themselves ivory tower on borrowed yields, deceive and keeps on with deception instead of real sustainable actions. There should be honour and the should be brave. Instead there are lies and weak rhetoric and double standard. Washington and the Capitol Hill should not blame one hand and wash the other, but that is what they do. Therefore step up your game as people like me see right through you! Peace.

Solidarity march for the victims of Beni we’re dispersed in Kinshasa today; while Opposition leaders were arrested!

Beni Demonstration 21.05.2016

Today there was a march for the victims of the Beni Massacre in Kinshasa, as the march happen in Kinshasa, the Police had to intervene and take down the leaders of the Tshimanga Tshipanda Vidje we’re arrested, also Albert Moleka, the organizers of the demonstrations and others was picked up by the Police in Kinshasa, as the Congolese Authorities doesn’t want any opposition.

What was reported from a witness to Politico.cd today:

“It was following the call of civil society, a march should be organized Exchanger Limete the intelligent building ( government headquarters , Editor’s note) to file a memo. The recommended attire was “black”. While world black outfit arrived at the scene was arrested by men in civilian clothes (…) Me, I escaped and hid in the university St. Augustine. The students gave me notes I held in hand and I borrowed the rail road to get home” (Politico.cd, 21.05.2016).

I have to drop these words, as the Police are shutting down demonstrators who wants justice for the ones that died and are killed in Beni, in North Kivu Province, who deserves a minute and that the guerrillas and army generals get their charge and time for killing civilians.

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Félix Antoine Tshilombo Tshisekedi writes this; “I am blessed! In reality, I’m Congo! For everything you say, I’m disgusted! In fact, I’m pissed in front of so many carelessness, negligence, bestiality… So, I am speaking to those who have the responsibility to secure the population: what are you doing our Congo? Where do you think your children will live and their descendants? In a river of blood? What have we done to deserve such a surge of hatred and indifference of your share? On what floor are you looking to sit your domination? On a cemetery? I don’t have words to appoint your attitude. I’m even incapable of feeling hatred vis-à-vis your cruelty. I suffer in silence and I have been powerless to the killing of mine. In Kinshasa and elsewhere on the national territory, you kill by the mégestion. In Lubumbashi and throughout the katanga, you kill by repression. To the east and far north, you kill by compromise. O Congo my country, for yet to be a haven of peace, blessed by the creator who gave us everything, why so much bad? Are we really unable to live the hand in hand with our ideological differences, our cultural diversity and observing our own commitments? I’m not going to turn to the international community and start to whine. No. These are our dead! Victims of our own stupidity. We must mourn them with dignity and know them justice. These are our dead, and it is up to us to be able to put an end to this series black. Their blood cries out for justice and seeks damages. Let us all congolese, defend our country, our people and our freedom! Let us build a country more beautiful than ever before, in peace and dignity, in order to ensure the well-being to our posterity… Forever” (Felix Antoine Tshilombo Tshisekedi, 18.05.2016).

This is what I have for now. There more to come as we all should be JeSuiBeni! Peace.

Statement of the Africa Liberal Network on the recent warrant of arrest for Moise Katumbi and his arrival in South Africa for medical treatment (21.05.2016)

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21 May 2016

Release: Immediate

The ALN notes with extreme concern the warrant of arrest for Moise Katumbi, opposition leader and former Governor of Katanga Province.

Mr Katumbi has recently arrived in South Africa for medical treatment following the firing of teargas directed at him and his supporters.

The charges against Mr Katumbi follow extensive intimidation and arrest of numerous opposition supporters. With elections scheduled for November this year and President Joseph Kabila showing clear indications that he seeks an unconstitutional extension of his term, there is an urgent need for inclusive dialogue amongst all stakeholders.

The lack of both state resources and empowerment provided to Commission Electorale Nationale Indépendante (CENI) further inhibits the democratic right of Congolese citizens to participate in free and fair elections.

ALN President and former Minister of Planning Olivier Kamitatu states that: “President Kabila has deliberately sabotaged the electoral process. The ruling policy is one of chaos and fear”.

Further to the ALN’s resolution (adopted at the 12th General Assembly in January 2016) on the political crisis in the DRC, the Network calls for the end to violence and the start of peaceful, legitimate dialogue within the context of the rule of law. All parties, both opposition and majority, must be protected and guaranteed their rights in political activities and assembly.

The ALN furthermore calls for the protection of Mr Katumbi and a fair trial should there be credible evidence. If not, the government of President Kabila is to cease its intimidation and arbitrary arrest of the opposition.

The Network maintains the position that functioning democracies are bound by the rule of law and constitutionalism, including adherence to presidential term limits.

Letter – No. 3010/RMP.V/041/PGR/MIM/2016: Requete en expatriation de Mr. Moise Katumbi pour des raisons de soins medicaux en Afrique du Sud (20.05.2016)

Katumbi 20.05.2016. Letter of State