DR Congo Opposition Rally Katumbi Ahead Of December Polls

Democratic Republic of Congo opposition groups rallied behind exiled figure Moise Katumbi at talks in South Africa on Saturday aimed at forging a united front to fight elections due by the end of the year. Exiled Katumbi led dozens of … Continued

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Democratic Republic of Congo opposition groups rallied behind exiled figure Moise Katumbi at talks in South Africa on Saturday aimed at forging a united front to fight elections due by the end of the year. Exiled Katumbi led dozens of opposition leaders at the three-day meeting in Johannesburg to map out a strategy for the planned December 23 election to replace President Joseph Kabila. “What brings us here is the rejection of the dictatorship that has taken root in our beautiful country and the desire to build a better world for our compatriots,” Katumbi said in opening remarks to over 100 participants. “Together we will help build the alternative for the future and show the Congolese people that they are not alone,” said Katumbi. He said conditions for credible, fair and honest elections “are far from being fulfilled”. The election was originally scheduled for late 2016, but was repeatedly delayed, leading to unrest in the vast mineral-rich country. Western powers have accepted the delay with reluctance, hoping it will avoid bloodshed. Politicians at the Johannesburg meeting suggested the majority of the opposition groupings were behind the influential former governor of mineral-rich Katanga province. “We are confident. We are the biggest movement that the DRCongo will have, we have a strong candidate, and if we have free and fair elections it will be possible to win this election,” Delly Sesanga, one of the opposition leaders, told AFP. Katumbi, a wealthy businessman and former governor of Katanga province who is president of the major football club TP Mazembe, claims to have unrivalled popularity across the country. The meeting is being held outside the DR Congo because Katumbi is in de-facto exile in Brussels, after being condemned in absentia in a real estate affair. He has said he will return to the DRC in December. The elections in the troubled central African country are expected to pave the way to a historic transfer of power. But Kabila, who took over from his father Laurent after he was assassinated in 2001, has not yet clearly stated whether he will step aside. Kabila was due to stand down from office in December 2016, ending his second elected term. But he has controversially stayed on under laws enabling him to retain power until his successor is elected. Anti-government protests have turned deadly over the past months, raising international concern that the country could slide into all-out violence as it heads to the elections. The violence has pitted Kinshasa authorities against the Catholic church, which has backed the demonstrations that have denounced Kabila’s government as corrupt. Source: Guardian UK The post DR Congo Opposition Rally Katumbi Ahead Of December Polls appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Policy Brief 24 – Rebuilding Zimbabwe

[Democracy Works] The recent change of guard within the ruling ZANU-PF party in Zimbabwe from Robert Mugabe to Emmerson Mnangagwa provides a ready opportunity to stimulate a stagnant economy, allow for the restoration of a robust civil society and the …

[Democracy Works] The recent change of guard within the ruling ZANU-PF party in Zimbabwe from Robert Mugabe to Emmerson Mnangagwa provides a ready opportunity to stimulate a stagnant economy, allow for the restoration of a robust civil society and the consolidation of democracy through free and fair elections in 2018.

source: AllAfrica News: Zimbabwe

Mauritius – Media-Savvy President Still Stands Her Ground As Graft Scandal Closes in

[Daily Maverick] Mauritius is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its independence from British rule this week, but a corruption scandal around the island’s first woman president, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, has cast a cloud over the festivities. By CARIEN DU…

[Daily Maverick] Mauritius is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its independence from British rule this week, but a corruption scandal around the island's first woman president, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, has cast a cloud over the festivities. By CARIEN DU PLESSIS.

source: AllAfrica News: Mauritius

How Corporate Social Responsibility Projects Can Be Derailed

[The Conversation Africa] Big companies operating in developing countries often use corporate social responsibility initiatives to position themselves as development agents and friends of the host communities.

[The Conversation Africa] Big companies operating in developing countries often use corporate social responsibility initiatives to position themselves as development agents and friends of the host communities.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Alleged Hitman to Appear in Court for Murder of KZN Police Officer

[News24Wire] An alleged hitman is expected to appear in court on Monday for the murder of a police officer whose body is believed to be that found inside her burnt car in Nyoni, KwaDukuza, north of Durban.

[News24Wire] An alleged hitman is expected to appear in court on Monday for the murder of a police officer whose body is believed to be that found inside her burnt car in Nyoni, KwaDukuza, north of Durban.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Minister Senzeni Zokwana On Security Clearance of Fisheries Officials

[Govt of SA] The Minister of the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries, Mr Senzeni Zokwana (MP) will subject all officials of the Fisheries Management Branch to security clearance

[Govt of SA] The Minister of the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries, Mr Senzeni Zokwana (MP) will subject all officials of the Fisheries Management Branch to security clearance

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Electoral Commission On Positive Voters Registaration

[Govt of SA] Almost all voting stations around the country were reported open and operational from 8am this morning as the voter registration and address update campaign got underway.

[Govt of SA] Almost all voting stations around the country were reported open and operational from 8am this morning as the voter registration and address update campaign got underway.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

TV Channels and Radio Representatives Review Transmission Problem

[SNA] Khartoum -Representatives of the official and private TV channels and radio stations chaired by the Minister of Information, Dr. Ahmed Bilal stressed the necessity for finding solution to the problems and obstacles impeding TV and radio transmiss…

[SNA] Khartoum -Representatives of the official and private TV channels and radio stations chaired by the Minister of Information, Dr. Ahmed Bilal stressed the necessity for finding solution to the problems and obstacles impeding TV and radio transmission, specially what concerning digital transmission.

source: AllAfrica News: Sudan