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    Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo

    Message from Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo on the occasion of the 57th anniversary of the Independence of the Democratic Republic of Congo

    My dear compatriots,

    On that memorable day of June 30, 1960, our country regained its international sovereignty at the end of a heroic, glorious and fierce struggle. Our people then dreamed of a strong, powerful Congo, a well-governed country, and offering decent living conditions for all, a just life and an equitable distribution of national wealth, a nation at peace with it Even with its neighbours. What joys and emotions on that day of June 30th, which foreshadowed the disenchanted and dramatic tomorrows that the newly-emerged state had recently experienced in international sovereignty. The history of the liberation of our country has seen successive phases of confidence and moments of doubt, anguish and anxiety, it is a path that has been uncertain, sometimes painful and often exhilarating. On June 30, 1960. 57 years ago, driven by the whirlwind of “the right of peoples to self-determination” that swept across the African continent, sounding the death knell of colonialism, our country breaks the chains of Servitude, and enters into the concert of free and sovereign nations.

    Therefore, on June 30, 2017, the Congolese people will pay tribute to the pioneers of independence, the worthy sons of our country who have distinguished themselves in the conquest of national independence.

    And in this historical circumstance, how can we fail to recall the profession of faith of the Fathers of our independence which was to build, as is immortalised in our national anthem, in peace and freedom, a Congo more beautiful than before, rich And prosperous in the free nations concert.

    My dear compatriots,

    Located in the heart of Africa, as immense as a subcontinent, our country became the master of its destiny in 1960, with an impressive potential in natural resources, a sumptuous river system with its impassable distances , Or a young and multi-ethnic population.

    With so many assets to its credit, the Congo deserved to be considered as one of the vectors of the economic take-off of the African continent.

    Unfortunately, the Democratic Republic of Congo is threatened in its foundations. The Congolese people, crushed by political, military and economic violence, is dying. If needed, the seriousness of the situation was documented by the specialised agencies of the United Nations and several reputable non-governmental organisations. They highlighted the resurgence of serious human rights violations committed by armed groups and worse by elements of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC), the National Intelligence Agency (ANR), The Republican Guard (GR) and the Congolese National Police (PNC). All this has highlighted abuses against the population, characterised by sexual violence, the recruitment of child soldiers and the forced displacement of civilians.

    It is because of bad governance and the failure of our successive leaders that the current situation still lives this last jolt. Failure to hold the elections in 2016, as our constitution had foreseen, provoked an acute political crisis. Indeed, a comprehensive and inclusive political agreement was signed by the institutions, opposition and civil society on 31 December 2016 in Kinshasa. This agreement stipulates that elections must take place by the end of 2017, and that a government of National Union must be formed in order to achieve this.

    This agreement is the current framework for any reflection at national and international level. It was born thanks to the efforts of the mediators of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO); It received strong support from the International Community through Resolution 2348 of the UN Security Council, adopted unanimously on 31 March 2017. The so-called New Year’s Eve Agreement, Avoid a disaster, an outbreak of violence. But neither the spirit nor the letter of this agreement are today respected. However, the end of the crisis requires its implementation without delay, in order to organize free, credible and inclusive elections by 31 December 2016 at the latest.

    My dear compatriots,

    It is time that every one of us, no matter what our responsibilities or our duties, manage to move beyond the questions of ego, tribal considerations, personal ambitions and political quarrels, in order to put the best interests of the nation above all.

    The future of our country and the well-being of our compatriots depend on it.

    The absolute urgency for all actors in the national political arena is simple: to create the necessary conditions for a fair, credible, transparent and peaceful electoral process. This must be accompanied by a free and secure electoral campaign, which means that freedoms of expression and opinion, including the media of the democratic world and the support of peace-loving peoples of Africa And freedom, in order to accompany us in this commitment as a first step to reconnect with the dream of our pioneers, that of building together a more beautiful Congo, a stronger Congo, a more prosperous Congo than we bequeath to our posterity.

    God bless our country

    Long live Democracy!

    Long live the Democratic Republic of Congo!

    Thank you

    Done at Brussels, 30 June 2017


    A delegation from the Alternance for the Republic went to exchange with the Bureau of the Independent National Electoral Commission. It was yesterday, Monday, July 3, 2017 in the facilities of this institution of support to the democracy. The senior officials of the RA wanted to inquire about the progress of the electoral process in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Conducted by Delly Sessanga, the delegation of this platform of the opposition promises to give its official position on the general situation of the country after a workshop that opens, unless last minute change, this morning in Kinshasa . At the end of this working session, the Alternance platform for the Republic, which supports Moses Katumbi, said that it would stick to the organisation of the elections within the deadline set by the global and inclusive agreement of the Holy Sylvester.

    The state of progress of the electoral process was at the center of the exchange between the President of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Corneille Nangaa and a strong delegation of the Alternation pour la République, a platform member of the Rally of Accepted Political and Social Forces To the Change led by Felix Tshisekedi. All sensitive issues related to the organization of elections were discussed during these exchanges. On the strength of the elements obtained, the AR promises to give its official position at the end of a workshop which will be opened this Tuesday, July 4, 2017 in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. “The question what we came to inquire about the state of the electoral process. You know that the AR is an electoral platform and therefore strongly interested in the outcome of the current process. We have had a number of elements, we are going to return to the level of our platform because we have a workshop, not only on the electoral cycle, but also the general situation of the country that will start tomorrow. And at the end of this workshop, all the elements that have been given to us here will be taken into consideration in order to give you a position that the Alternance for the Republic will have on the electoral process and on the political situation of the country “Said Delly Sesanga in front of media professionals. And to continue what I can assure you of what we are concerned as all Congolese of the need to finalise within the time limit as agreed in the inclusive global agreement of the CENCO, the electoral process or the Elections in December of this year, the finalisation of the electoral register and the publication of the calendar.

    The final position

    It must be said that the AR still reserves the right to give its official position on the evolution of the electoral process. Sesanga promised to do so incessantly.

    “For all of these elements, we will give you the final position at the end of our workshop that we are starting tomorrow. And so we can not go to the workshop without having the electoral center itself the elements such as the current process is taking place. The truth is that we have had all the information on the current process of voter registration, the situation as it is for the activities that will follow and we have expressed our willingness to stick to the That is to say, with the organization of the elections which is credible and appeased in December of this year. For the other considerations, take your trouble in patience, after the workshop, after evaluation in the alternation for the Republic, we will give you our position, “he said.

    The situation of Kasai

    Alternance for the Republic is due to the enlistment of the populations of the great Kasai. The subject was discussed during these exchanges and the President of the Independent National Electoral Commission gave assurances, according to Delly Sesanga. “We demanded that enlistment operations begin in Kasai as is the case elsewhere, it has given assurances that they will start in the next few days and thus see that this process can actually start and that the Populations of the Kasai, like all other populations can be present at the time of the vote, “he said.

    The situation of Kasai

    Alternance for the Republic is due to the enlistment of the populations of the great Kasai. The subject was discussed during these exchanges and the President of the Independent National Electoral Commission gave assurances, according to Delly Sesanga. “We demanded that enlistment operations begin in Kasai as is the case elsewhere, it has given assurances that they will start in the next few days and thus see that this process can actually start and that the Populations of the Kasai, like all other populations can be present at the time of the vote, “he said.

    Corneille Nangaa explains

    The President of the CENI took this opportunity not only to review the state of the electoral process but also to list the activities to be carried out in the days that will follow. For Corneille Nangaa, the CENI works in the spirit of the agreement of the saint-sylvestre. “We welcome the arrival at the CENI of the leaders of the Alternance for the Republic. At their request, they wanted to inquire about the state of the electoral process. The exchange allowed us to take stock of the process. All the same, we all agree that we are working in the spirit of the December 31 agreement. We will have to close the identification and the enrollment of the voters. We are in 32 million registered voters, we have only a little less than 10 million voters. Once the enrollment is complete, we will move to the distribution of the seats, we will call the electorate, we will order the equipment, training and deployment of agents, “said Corneille Nangaa. And to continue that “It is a path that is before us, we must make an effort that everyone works, each in his own. It was also an opportunity to show how we work. We also talked about the timetable and we expressed to them the small technical adjustments that we expect for the publication of this calendar which will take place in the coming days “.


    After a campaign marked by unprecedented uncertainty until the last day, the first round of the election of the Governors and Vice-Governors is now closed. MPs from eight provinces were called to the polls on Saturday, August 26, 2017. For the presidential majority, Pande Kapopo Célestin (Haut-Katanga) and Kalenga Mwenzeni Jackson (Haut-Lomami) qualified in the first round. Three Independent candidates also qualified in the first round. It is the candidate of the province of Kwilu: Balabala Kasongo Michel. For South-Ubangi, Taïla Nage Joachim was elected.
    The following are elected Provincial Vice-Governors on behalf of the MP: Kalenga Mambepa Jean in Upper Katanga and Polipoli Lunda chimne in Upper Lomami. In South Ubangi, Bakakoye Dengaboni Leka Jean-Pierre is elected Vice-governor. In Kwilu, Mapanda Bwas Nathanaël is elected Vice-governor and in Bas-Uélé: Anina Makwa Godelive was elected Vice-governor.
    Moreover, the list of candidates from the provinces of South Kivu, Tshopo and Tshuapa did not obtain an absolute majority in the first round.
    According to the electoral law evoked by the President of the Ceni, Corneille Nangaa, when the results of the elections of Governors and Vice-governors were published, the lists of the candidates who arrived in the first round are retained for the second round. The Ceni, for Tuesday, August 29, 2017, convened the second round of the election of Governors and Vice-Governors. These are the following provinces: South Kivu, Tshopo and Tshuapa.
    La Ceni reminded candidates, political parties and
    Political Parties having participated in the election of Governors and Vice-Governor in the eight provinces that the appeals in protest of the provisional results are to be filed by the independent candidate or his agent, the Party or political grouping or their agent to the courses of Appel Acting as the Administrative Courts of Appeal from August 28, 2017 to September 4, 2017.
    The Courts of Appeal will deal with disputes between September 5 and September 11, 2017, while the final results will be published by the Courts d’Appels on September 12, 2017.
    The President of CENI expressed his satisfaction with the smooth operation of voting operations in the eight provinces: Bas-Uélé, Haut-Katanga, Haut-Lomami, Kwilu, South Kivu, South Ubangi, Tshopo and Tshuapa .


    The MSC closes its University of Change and displays its ambitions. The capacity building seminar was very interesting. The fighters appreciated the interventions based on “Political Communication, Political Marketing and Leadership in a Political Party”. The objective of this session is to drop the Executives in political debates for the conquest of power. The MSC, the People’s Front and the Rally reject the SADC declaration on the impossibility of organizing elections in 2017 in the DRC. “The MSC fought for six years for alternating power. It is high time that the Congolese can take charge, “said Laurent Batumona, the Moral Authority of this political machine of change. Regarding the New Year’s Eve, Laurent Batumona urged President Joseph Kabila to enter the Agreement. He believes that the Agreement can not be applied without the bishops who are its parents. “The walls of the Accord are broken, the Bishops have to go back to rebuild those walls.” “We can not tolerate a third dialogue, but we believe that a window may open up for the talks to be started in order to avoid the country from falling into chaos.” For the remaining four months, he called on the international community to intervene to implement the Agreement and to finance the elections. The MSC, supported its leader, sympathized with the misfortune that has mourned the village of Tara. He recommends that the government declare a national mourning and initiate a fund-raising campaign to support these compatriots hit hard by this natural disaster.
    The University of Change of the Solidarity Movement for Change closed on Sunday, August 27, 2017. A training session marked by demonstrations of strength and ambitions displayed by militants for the conquest of power. After four days of presentations, debates and performances, the University of Change has closed its doors with a determination for change. It was President Laurent Batumona who was responsible for delivering the closing speech. “The holding of this training and information session responded to a wish I had personally expressed, because I felt that strengthening your capacities in the field of political communication, political marketing, leadership and In the perfect knowledge of the project of society of our party would be an essential contribution in the political fight that we lead together to conquer the power, “thus launched the National President of the MCS and the Front of the people.
    What to remember about the MSC’s University of Change?
    On the political front, President Batumona delivered a speech on the objectives of this capacity-building seminar, social and economic policy, cohesion within the Party, the evolution of the activities of the People’s Front and the Rally.
    On the issue of elections and in connection with the “unfortunate” statement of Jacob Zuma, South African President, Laurent Batumona literally wetted the shirt. Strong in the face of the Rally and the MSC militants, he protested energetically.
    For Batumona Laurent, Jacob Zuma can not take the place of the Congolese people to whom he called for vigilance all over the place. According to him, the Congolese people must draw their strength of resistance in the National Anthem when it is necessary to proclaim ” Congolese Débout ”. He denounced the behavior of the SADC for having blurred the Rally three times. This speech was much anticipated after the eddies of the last few days provoked, among others, by the Ceni and the SADC.
    “SADC is one of the Institutions which, in their pettiness, asked the Rassemblement to present three names for the appointment of the Prime Minister, whereas this position is contrary to and violates the Comprehensive and Inclusive Political Agreement of the Center Interdiocésain de Kinshasa ”, Lambasted Laurent Batumona.
    In this regard the MSC believes that the international community and the United Nations should provide the necessary resources for the organization of the elections within the time frame agreed upon through the UNDP and for the implementation of the 31 December 2016.
    Third Dialogue
    Among the main points that the President of the MSC delivered, the issue of dialogue was raised. For the MSC, the third dialogue is not on the agenda. “The MSC with the Rally is preparing to face the elections by December 31, 2017 at the latest.”
    It should be noted that this ceremony ended with the handing over of patents to the participants of the MSC’s University of Change, or 1,500 in total. Another session is planned for next September.


    Minister of Higher and University Education, Steve Mbikayi Mabuluki returned to the country on Saturday, August 26, via the N’djili International Airport in Kinshasa. The Minister of ESU spent two weeks in the United States where he was on an official mission. As soon as he arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Minister first spoke about his mission, but also gave his point of view regarding the strike of university professors. Regarding his mission, the Minister said reserved primeur to his hierarchy, especially Prime Minister Bruno Tshibala. On the subject of the teachers’ strike, Steve Mbikayi promised to restart the exchanges in the framework of the permanent dialogue to find lasting solutions to the problems that specially concern his sector.
    After several days of absence in the country, the Minister of Higher Education and University, Steve Mbikayi, has returned to Kinshasa since last Saturday. Responding warmly to the problem of strike in his sector, the Minister, on board, welcomed the good faith of professors who did not disrupt the closing of the academic year before promising to resume discussions with them With respect to claims that are directly dependent on its sector. He took this opportunity to ask the various management committees to finalize the deliberation in order to help the students to know their fate and especially to prepare well for the second session.
    From the mission to the United States
    Motivated by the desire to build new public universities, the Minister of ESU works in line with the vision of the Head of State. To materialize this desire, Steve Mbikayi is looking for partners. “I reserve the prime of the report of my mission to the Prime Minister. Following the guidelines received from the Head of State under the coordination of the Prime Minister, we are looking for ways and means to modernize our Higher Education and University sector and especially to obtain the construction of new Public Universities in our country. It was in this context that we met with the partners outside, things are evolving very well. I believe that in a few months we will see the beginning of a few things. But as I said, I will first report to the Prime Minister before I can reveal the content of my mission and also the steps that we will take in order to be able to modernize our teaching more. Construction of universities that should exceed those we have acquired from our colonizers, “he said.
    Radicalization of the strike
    Steve Mbikayi arrives at the moment when the strike is radicalized in its sector. Without going by the back of the spoon, he began by thanking the professors who did not want to disrupt the closing of the academic year when they could do it well. He also promised to revive, very quickly, exchanges with teachers to find solutions on issues that depend on his sector. “First, I salute the patriotism of university professors who did not want to disrupt the closing of the academic year because they could do it well. And they made legitimate demands, exercised their right to strike and understood that students should not be penalized, I congratulate them. Now that I am back, I think we will reopen the dialogue with them to see how quickly we can find solutions to issues that concern my sector, “the Minister said on his return.
    As for the rest, it must be acknowledged that it is a general question of all workers that will certainly find solutions at the level of the central Government.


    * Dura lex, sed lex, they say. The sword of Damocles, long suspended in the air, since its arrival at the head of the Ministry of Foreign Trade, has finally entered into execution. Jean-Lucien Bussa Tongba has definitely taken action. This weekend, he signed a series of Ministerial Decrees, at the end of which he went to war against smuggling, illegal and fraudulent imports and exports, maffia, The Congolese economy to the point of preventing its outbreak, as desired by the Head of State, Joseph Kabila Kabange, under the banner of which the Prime Minister Bruno Tshibala Nzenzhe and Members of its government team. Offenders, who are thus warned, will only attack themselves. For the Congolese state, in the exercise of its sovereignty, will not retreat, as long as its interests are put in a ballotage by economic operators who have been shaming for years in the exodus of capital and are Butter on the back of the Congolese people. Enough is enough !
    So, finished the threats! It is time for action. Jean-Lucien Bussa Tongba has decided to impose a ban on imports on Congolese soil, a series of products with high consumption. For example, gray cement, beer and carbonated beverages, iron bars that once came from abroad to flood the market, while inoculating the venom of untimely disturbances, are prohibited import.
    The aim of this approach is to support the Cabinet of the Minister of State for Foreign Trade, to combat smuggling, fraud, the Sicilian mafia with its perverse effects on public finances and, above all, to stop Imports and exports.
    Already, the other aim here is to protect local industry from the invasion of imported products whose quantities were far superior in the market Recovered, at the end of all these disorders, totally asphyxiated. Accompanying measures will, of course, be taken to bring economic operators working in various sectors affected by this series of measures to prices that are within the reach of all exchanges.
    Henceforth, some of the products listed should, for their importation, be endorsed by the Ministry of Foreign Trade. In the wake of this, it should be noted that the importation of beer and soft drinks, as they had previously been, without any counter-value to the public treasury, is strictly prohibited. Like the import of the series of products from the countries suffering from foot-and-mouth disease, mad cow disease, viral fever with Ebola virus, ivory tips, antique works, red parrots, Such as Okapi, Leopard skins, rhinoceros tips, medicinal plants, traditional folk music instruments, seedlings as well as cinchona bark, pesticides, pharmaceuticals and chemicals withdrawn from circulation, noble papers , Products covered by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora are strictly prohibited. That’s not all. In addition to this are gray cement and clinker, as well as a considerable number of products, as set out in the appendix, of one of the Decrees out of the four which have been published this week End, are subject to drastic restriction measures. Since these are official decisions, find out in this edition the details of these orders and the list of products placed under the influence of these restrictive measures taken by Jean-Lucien Bussa, On behalf of the Congolese government for the good of its fellow citizens.