Term limits in central Africa: utility or artifact?


There is significant talk going on this year about presidential term limits, in particular around the approaching poll seasons in DRC, Congo-Brazzaville, Burundi, Rwanda, and Uganda. All five countries prescribe universal and direct elections. While Uganda is the only state without clearcut term limits, it has five-year terms like Burundi and DRC. Congo-Brazzaville and Rwanda have seven-year terms. Here is … Continue reading

Is DDR an epitome of international failure in the Congo?

Last week, another inglorious incident in the Kotakoli reintegration camp stressed earlier question marks on the current state of Congo’s most recent demobilisation programme dubbed DDR3 (the third general national DDR programme since the official end of the war in 2004). Kotakoli, a military base not far from Gbadolite, home town to former president Mobutu, … Continue reading

« Cette opération va échouer, ce n’est ni la première ni la dernière »


(This is an anonymous guest post) Six mois passés, la Monusco avait annoncé dans les médias que, pourvue du mandant et de la résolution 2098, lui enjoignant de mettre fin à des groupes armés qu’ils soient nationaux ou étranger, avait fait des annonce d’une éventuelle traque contre les FDLR au cas où ceux-ci ne se … Continue reading