Putting the Kamanyola killings into perspective

(screenshot of Kamanyola area, Google Maps with amendments) On 15 September 2017 in the afternoon, the Congolese border town Kamanyola witnessed the deadliest killing spree that has occured in South Kivu’s Ruzizi Plains since 2014’s Mutarule carnage. At least 36 Burundian refugees and two Congolese (a soldier and a policeman) were killed in what seemed … Continue reading

Taking Uvira? The remarkable tenacity of the CNPSC coalition

Taking Uvira? The remarkable tenacity of the CNPSC coalition (Guest blog by Judith Verweijen. Pictures: PARC-FAAL meeting in Misisi on 30 June 2017) On 27 September, Mai-Mai forces composing the National People’s Coalition for the Sovereignty of the Congo (CNPSC), meanwhile also known as ‘l’Alliance de l’Article 64’ (‘AA.64’, in reference to Article 64 of … Continue reading

Main takeaways of the new Group of Experts report

This year’s final report of the UN group of expert monitoring the Democratic Republic of the Congo has just been released As in previous years, it contains a lot of important and relevant information on current developments in the country. In terms of armed groups, FDLR and ADF are under increased scrutiny like in previous years, … Continue reading

Courts and technocrats in Congo?

Over the last few weeks, Congo’s embattled political arena has seen a gradual shift of issues outside the playgrounds of pre-electoral competition and into the – in parts more shadowy – world of legal and technocratic procedures. On May 11, the Constitutional Court of the DRC expressed its verdict over the question whether or not … Continue reading

Mujyambere’s arrest & the politics of tackling FDLR

Early last week, the chief of staff of the FDLR’s main military wing, FOCA, Brig.-Gen. Leopold Mujyambere (also known under the following aliases: Petrus, Achille, Musenyeri) was arrested when he was allegedly on his way back from Zambia into the thick forests of Northern Masisi – where many of the militia’s key leaders and troops … Continue reading

Mining cooperatives (Suluhu Working Paper 1)

(ENGLISH BELOW) Comme de nombreux observateurs intéressés le savent, il n’est toujours facile de démêler la dynamique complexes politiques, sociales et économiques dans la région des Grands Lacs de l’Afrique, en particulier en République Démocratique du Congo (DRC/RDC). Dans cette région, marquée par les conflits récurrents et l’insécurité, un travail minutieux et à long terme est souvent … Continue reading

Tensions abound in Masisi

Much attention on the Congo was monopolised by continuous debates over the mounting pre-electoral controversies in the past few weeks.  At the same time, a set of events much more immediately impacting the lives of many Congolese went largely unnoticed outside local media and the notable exception of one Reuters report: in northern Masisi territory … Continue reading

Rift Valley Courses 2016

In roughly, two months, the Rift Valley Institute – a London- and Nairobi-based non-profit think tank – will launch yet another series of its annual ‘field courses’, intense one-week summer schools on three of the institute’s core areas of research: the Horn of Africa, the Sudans, and the African Great Lakes region. The Great Lakes course … Continue reading

The new Security Council resolution 2277 on MONUSCO

A few hours ago, the UN Security Council has unanimously adopted – under Angolan presidency – its resolution 2277 extending MONUSCO’s mandate for another year (the 17th) and outlining the grand lines of UN politics on the Congo for the coming twelve months, a period arguably to be marked by heavy contestation at various levels. … Continue reading

Tit-for-tat violence spreads in southern Lubero

2016 has begun with little calm in North Kivu as reports over the Miriki massacre made the headlines in early January. Since November 2015, FARDC-led Sukola II operations marked an effective military campaign against FDLR in North Kivu (the South Kivu string of operations ended very quickly in mid-2015 and ever since, FDLR are reported to … Continue reading