DRC – 8 July 2016

UN concerned about DRC violence ahead of polls

The UN Security Council has heard that in the absence of political dialogue that results in an inclusive agreement leading to credible elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the country faced a severe crisis with a high probability of violence and instability.

Those were the words of the United Nations Deputy Secretary General, Jan Eliasson, in a briefing to the 15-member Council, as political uncertainty over presidential elections due in November continues to grow.

Opposition parties have accused the government of President Joseph Kabila of trying to cling to power after indicating elections might be delayed over logistical reasons.



Gold for arms

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s ambition to tackle factors contributing to the country’s armed groups’ ability to continue thriving is proving to be futile.

An investigation by non-governmental organization Global Witness has found that a Chinese- owned company is funding armed groups in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo in exchange to access to gold.

In it’s summary of the report, the organization said armed groups in the Shabunda territory received gifts of arms and cash amounting to up to $25 000 a month from Kun Hou Mining, to take advantage of the booming gold rush along the Ulindi river.

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