Burundian Journalist Arrested in Democratic Republic of Congo
The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the detention of Egide Mwemero, a Burundian journalist who, according to the managing director of his radio station and local reports, was arrested in Uvira in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on October 13.
Mwemero, a reporter for the independent Burundian station Radio Publique Africaine, was arrested at the offices of Radio le Messager du Peuple alongside Congolese reporters Manzambi Mupenge and Lucien Kanana, according to reports. Mupenge and Kanana were released two days later, reports said. It is not clear why the journalists were arrested and if they face any charges.
SA, DRC must work together, says Zuma
President Jacob Zuma on Friday praised the progress the Democratic Republic of Congo had made from the strife-torn country of a decade ago, during his opening remarks at the 9th Session of the South Africa-DRC Binational Commission Speaking in Kinshasa in the DRC, Zuma said: “We meet today in a substantially changed DRC. This is not the DRC of 2004. The DRC of 2004 was emerging from a prolonged conflict and civil strife. It was the DRC that required support and solidarity.
“In solidarity with the people of the DRC, South Africa then committed and pledged to accompany and walk with the Government and the people of this great nation,” Zuma said. “A decade later, we can look back with deserved pride considering the noticeable achievements that we have made.”