Monthly Archives: May 2015

CMRC is an illusion – claims M23 chief Bertrand Bisiimwa

M23 chief Bertrand Bisiimwa denies his movement has anything to do with the CMRS

By Jessica A Badebye The March 23 Movement  (M23) has distanced itself from the Christian Movement for the Reconstruction of Congo (CMRC) and called it an illusion created by the Kinshasa Regime to divert the public’s attention from the important issues including its own refusal to implement its commitments of the peace agreements. This came after an incursion in Beni, North Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the month of April which government authorities linked to M23 saying it is an attempt to relaunch their movement under a new name as per Point 5 of the peace agreements signed in Nairobi Kenya in 2013. Point 5 … Continue reading

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Burundi violence confounds US optimism about African democracy

Burundian soldiers walk near a burning barricade erected by protesters as people demonstrate against the president

By Siobhan O’Grady The Obama administration and other western observers said Nigeria’s peaceful political transition would pave the way for free and fair elections elsewhere on the continent. Less than a month later, Guinea and Burundi are already proving them wrong. Burundi’s sitting president, Pierre Nkurunziza, was nominated by his party Saturday to seek a third term, a move that his opposition says violates the constitution in the tiny central African country. Nkurunziza argues he is eligible for a third term because he was appointed by parliament in 2005, and was only elected by the people for the first time in 2010.  In Guinea, meanwhile, President Alpha Condé is refusing … Continue reading

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