(PHOTO: Mgr Nicolas Djomo, chair of DRC National Conference of Catholic Bishops)
Anger is growing in the DRC about the negotiations with the M23 outfit
at Kampala, Uganda.
Congolese from all walks of life are questioning the wisdom of the DRC
government to enter into secretive dialogues with insurgent and bandit
outfits without any parliament's mandate or any legal basis.
MP Martin Fayulu, the pro-Tshisekedi opposition firebrand was among
the first Congolese public personalities to slam the Kampala
Answering Kinshasa journos who were wondering why he turned down the… ( Read on! )
I just read this piece posted December 7, 2012, on The New Yorker by
Alexis Okeowo and titled "The Eight Most Fascinating Africans of
The cast of the eight fascinating Africans "doing innovative,
admirable, and sometimes destructive work" include, in their order of
Malawian President Joyce Banda (I got misgivings about the wisdom of a
Prez who relies on prophetic visions of her Nigerian spiritual guide);
Cameroonian gay rights activist Alice Nkom; acclaimed Kenyan movie
director David "Tosh" Gitonga; Tanzanian MP Al-Shaymaa
Kwegyir--a woman and an albino;… ( Read on! )
(IMAGE 1: A frame from "Tintin in the Congo")
(PHOTO 2: Belgium-based Congolese Bienvenu Mbutu Mondondo, anti-Tintin
in the Congo crusader)
I have time and again denounced on this blog the frivolous crusade
against "Tintin in the Congo" launched about 4 years ago by the
fame-seeking mercurial Congolese student Bienvenu Mbutu Mondondo.
Mondondo had filed a lawsuit against the Tintin series Belgian
publisher Casteman and SA Moulinsart, the company holding the
exclusive rights of the author known as Hergé (Rémi Georges).
Soon enough, the French government-funded… ( Read on! )
(PHOTO: An M23 goon about to carjack a Land Rover Defender belonging
to the Congolese social security administration, one among the more
than 300 official and private vehicles carjacked by his fellow looters
Blogger-journo Chaly Kasereka of the blog Actu du Kivu has finally
resurfaced in the aftermath of the 12-day occupation of Goma by the
M23 outfit of pillagers and mass murderers.
I first saw Kasereka at around midday Tuesday, December 4, commenting
on the French news channel France24 on the events at Kibumba--where he
was an embed with FARDC troops--and Goma.
Having seen… ( Read on! )
(Alain Nkoy, left, and Abbé Jean-Bosco Bahala Okw'Ibale, respectively
vice-chairman and chair of CSAC, the DRC media regulatory authority)
The "Conseil Supérieur de l'Audiovisuel Congolais (CSAC)"--the DRC
media regulatory body--ordered Saturday, December 1, the systematic
jamming of Radio Okapi frequencies.
Officially, CSAC is charging that Radio Okapi has failed to submit its
"terms of reference," its "scope of work," and its "programming
schedule" to the regulatory body.
But that explanation doesn't fool anyone.
Everyone knows that Radio Okapi has irked authorities and a large… ( Read on! )
Alex Engwete is the nom-de-plume of a Congolese-American freelance writer, consultant and blogger based Kinshasa, DRC, and Washington, DC. (Read on!)