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ICC Jails Congo Warlord Bosco 'Terminator' Ntaganda for 30 Years

[Deutsche Welle] Congolese rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda, also known as the "Terminator" will spend 30 years in prison after being sentenced for war crimes. Ntaganda turned himself in 2013, and his time in detention will be deducted. (AllAfrica)

Warlord Gets 30 Years

[HRW] Bosco Ntaganda, whose armed groups terrorized the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, was sentenced by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on November 7, 2019, to 30 years in prison for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Ntaganda's name still send chills across Congo, as he is remembered by his victims for his ruthlessness. Deputy Africa Director Ida Sawyer documented his abuses -- including massacres, sexual slavery, and using child soldiers -- for many years as a Human Rights Wa (AllAfrica)

Why South Africa's Parliament Must Cut Off Funding to Grand Inga Dam Project

[allAfrica] Cape Town -The South African parliament has heard a submission from two leading civil society organisations, calling for them to play their oversight role and stop government funding to the Grand Inga Dam Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Yunus Carrim, chairperson of the Select Committee on Finance, said that he was "embarrassed" that it was the first time the issue of the project's feasibility and risks to the South African economy was ever brought to Parliament, and that the committee would put the (AllAfrica)

Delivery of Ntaganda Sentence Scheduled for November 7

[International Justice Monitor] Delivery of the sentence for former Congolese rebel commander Bosco Ntaganda has been scheduled for November 7, 2019, according to an order by the International Criminal Court (ICC) chamber that tried him. The sentence will be delivered in open court at 10:00 local time in The Hague. (AllAfrica)

Military Contractor Deaths Raise Questions About Russia's Security Presence in Africa

[VOA] The deaths in northern Mozambique of military contractors employed by a Russian firm are raising new questions about Russia's security presence in Africa. (AllAfrica)

Radio Host Who Fought Ebola 'Savagely Murdered'

[Deutsche Welle] A journalist involved in the fight against the Ebola virus in Congo has been stabbed to death. Health experts blame violence and distrust in some areas for worsening the spread of the deadly disease. (AllAfrica)

Kanda Bongo Man, Mbilia Bel to Rock Koroga Festival at Bomas

[Nairobi News] The millennial they might not have any idea why the name Kanda Bongo Man was on the lips of many Kenyan in the 1990s. (AllAfrica)

Congolese Journalists Win RFI's 2019 Dupont-Verlon Prize

[RFI] The Ghislaine Dupont-Claude Verlon award, launched six years ago in commemoration of the two RFI journalists murdered in Mali, has been awarded to Myriam Iragi Maroy and Vital Mugisho in an emotional ceremony in Kinshasa, DRC. (AllAfrica)

After Surviving Ebola, Food Can Be a Lifeline in North Kivu, DRC

[RFI] Workers lift sacks of rice, beans, and salt for a WFP food distribution for Ebola survivors in Beni, North Kivu, DRC RFI/Laura Angela Bagnetto (AllAfrica)

Unrest Sparks Concerns of Regional Refugee Crisis

[VOA] Months of unrelenting militia attacks in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are driving more people from their homes, adding to the millions already displaced and threatening to spread insecurity elsewhere in Africa's Great Lakes region, observers warn. (AllAfrica)

In the East, A Local Conflict Flares

[The New Humanitarian] Uvira, The Democratic Republic of Congo -More than 200,000 people have fled fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo's South Kivu highlands in recent months as a long-simmering struggle over land, power, and citizenship descends into village burnings and widespread killings. (AllAfrica)

RNC Terror Suspects Applaud Govt Over 'Humane Treatment'

[New Times] The terror suspects captured and extradited from DR Congo have applauded the Government for the treatment that they have been accorded since their capture a few months ago. (AllAfrica)

Escaped Congolese Warlord Inspires New Attacks

[HRW] About 20 fighters loyal to the notorious warlord Gédéon Kyungu Mutanga government security forces in Lubumbashi, southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, on October 11. The Bakata Katanga militia fighters were armed with rifles, machetes, bows and arrows. (AllAfrica)

Dealing With Ebola in a Town Called Bingo

[RFI] It's recess time for the children in Kianzaba Primary School and they are noisily running down the hill to see what the surprise visitors are doing with a big truck. (AllAfrica)

Managing Ebola in the Town of Bingo in DRC

[RFI] The main road that runs through the town of Bingo, North Kivu, DRC. RFI/Laura Angela Bagnetto (AllAfrica)

Secretary-General Appoints David Mclachlan-Karr (Australia) Deputy Special Representative, MONUSCO

[Monusco] United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of David McLachlan-Karr of Australia as his Deputy Special Representative in the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), where he will also serve as United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator. (AllAfrica)

AU to Host an Ebola Co-Ordination Centre

[East African] A meeting held in Goma by the Democratic Republic of Congo and officials from nine neighbouring countries has resolved to establish an Africa Ebola Co-ordination Task Force to control the spread of the disease. (AllAfrica)

No journalist Should be Jailed for Defamation, Authorities told

[RSF] Reporters Without Borders (RSF) joins Journalist in Danger (JED), its partner organization in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in calling for the immediate release of a Kinshasa newspaper editor held for the past four days for allegedly defaming a bank. It's because of arbitrary detention of this kind that the DRC urgently needs to overhaul its press legislation. (AllAfrica)

How DR Congo's Yannick Kimanuka Feels After Winning 2019 Anzisha Prize

[allAfrica] Johannesburg -allAfrica's Nontobeko Mlambo caught up with Yannick Kimanuka, who was named the 2019 Anzisha prize winner at the Anzisha Prize Forum awards in South Africa. The 21-year-old from the Democratic Republic of Congo walked away with U.S.$25 000 of funding for her business. (AllAfrica)

Young African Entrepreneurs Shine at the 2019 Anzisha Prize Awards

[allAfrica] Johannesburg -Previously known as the Anzisha Gala, this year's Anzisha Prize Forum awards ceremony took place in South Africa where 20 young entrepreneurs got a chance to showcase their businesses to potential investors. The Anzisha Prize is Africa's biggest award for the youngest entrepreneurs and this year's theme for the awards was "Heads, Hearts and Hands". (AllAfrica)

Ongwen Trial to End in 2020, Say Prosecution Officials

[International Justice Monitor] On Monday, October 21, representatives from the International Criminal Court (ICC) Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) revealed that Dominic Ongwen's trial is likely to end next year, with the presentation of evidence to be concluded by December this year. Dahirou Santa-Anna, the international cooperation advisor in the OTP, and Beti Holher, an associate trial lawyer with the prosecution, made the revelations while speaking at an information session in Gulu, northern Uganda (AllAfrica)

Does Ntaganda Deserve the Maximum Sentence At the ICC?

[International Justice Monitor] Does Bosco Ntaganda deserve the maximum sentence the International Criminal Court (ICC) can hand down? The court's prosecutor wants the former rebel commander jailed for 30 years, while a lawyer representing victims wants judges to lock him up "in perpetuity." (AllAfrica)

Investing in Health Systems Is Only Way to Stop Next Ebola Outbreak

[The Conversation Africa] The ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) recently surpassed 3,000 infections. The outbreak had been raging for nearly a year by the time it was declared a "public health emergency of international concern" in July. (AllAfrica)

Blandine Kazade - the Nurse Who Saved a City

[WHO] In the Ebola epidemiological zones in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, health care workers must stay alert, vigilant and careful. An Ebola infection could find them before they realize it is circulating within a patient who just came for treatment. Of the 162 health workers infected since the start of this tenth outbreak in August 2018, 65 died; 63%, or 102 of them, were nurses. (AllAfrica)

Kenya's New ICD for Uganda, Rwanda, DRC-Bound Cargo Coming in January

[East African] Beginning January 2020, import cargo destined for Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan and DRC through Mombasa port will be offloaded at the Mai Mahiu Standard Gauge Railway station for onward transmission. (AllAfrica)

Time for major press freedom reforms in DR Congo

[RSF] Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Journalist in Danger (JED), its partner organization in the Democratic Republic of Congo, gave a joint press conference in Kinshasa today at which they called on the DRC's new government to prioritize two major reforms in order to keep its promise to improve press freedom. (AllAfrica)

10 Ways the Diaspora Can Help Bring Peace & Prosperity to #DRCongo

[allAfrica] Atlanta -Based on remarks as closing speaker at the Congolese Diaspora Impact Summit in New York in September 2019. (AllAfrica)

Time for Major Press Freedom Reforms in DRC

[RSF] Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Journalist in Danger (JED), its partner organization in the Democratic Republic of Congo, gave a joint press conference in Kinshasa today at which they called on the DRC's new government to prioritize two major reforms in order to keep its promise to improve press freedom. (AllAfrica)

Malawi in UN Permanent Combat Deployment in DR Congo

[Nyasa Times] Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldiers now have a permanent combat deployment (SCD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo where they are on UN sponsored peace keeping mission. (AllAfrica)

Mara in Talks to Sell Its Phones in Kenya, Angola, DR Congo

[East African] Rwanda has become the first in Africa to produce smartphones. (AllAfrica)

Time to Test Félix Tshisekedi's Vision for the Country

[ISS] The Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) new government was finally sworn in last week. This was after eight months of drawn-out deliberations between former president Joseph Kabila's Front Commun pour le Congo (FCC) platform and new President Félix Tshisekedi's Coalition pour le changement (CACH). In line with the FCC's overwhelming majority in parliament, it got 42 ministries against CACH's 23. (AllAfrica)