The DR Congo: Post-Election Crisis: Bridging the gap between Democracy as A Process and as A System.

March 15, 2012

Congolese people acknowledge, generally, that the intended function of
the democratic process in the Congo, and elsewhere, is to maintain the
balance of power between the executive, the legislative and the judicial branches of government. For such a democracy to work, the
executive branch must be engaged in a transformational relationship with
both the legislature and the judiciary and not a transactional. In the case of the Congo, the skewed relationship (transactional) between the executive and the judiciary appears to have had harmful effects on the nation state building process.

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President Joseph Kabila: His Second Term and Three Challenges awaiting

February 17, 2012

For many Congolese, the two-week presidential campaign did not provide time sufficient to vet the eleven presidential candidates nor time to understand their respective programs and the underlying values. Much like the dynamics of a beauty contest, candidates were on display and the electoral commission, CENI, served as the judges.

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A Devaluation of Congolese Politics by Rev. Pasteur Daniel Ngoy Mulunda and the loss of “Democratic Gains” in DR Congo.

January 7, 2012

For the greater good of the Congolese nation the Rev. Daniel Ngoy Mulunda, president of the Congolese Electoral Commission, should present himself to the coming Congolese parliament, offering an apology to the elected representatives of the 70 million Congolese

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Democratic Rep. of Congo: Can the post-electoral rage out of the Country Lead to a Congolese Version of an Arab Spring Revolution

December 28, 2011

By Fidele A. Lumeya Mobilizing the social media such as Facebook as the member of opposition living in Diaspora (many of them are member of the ethnically based political party known as the Union for Democracy and Social Progress, UDPS), has done or are doing to call for a spontaneous expression of rage outside the […]

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The Democratic Republic of Congo: The 2011 elections and its paradoxes

November 29, 2011

From Okapi Radio BY: Fidele A. Lumeya 1. The majority of voters are women. 2. The majority of voters live in rural areas of the DRC. 3. Thirty two million Congolese have been registered to vote, the majority of whom are illiterate. 4. The eleven presidential candidates are men. 5. Only a minority of the […]

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Electoral Process in DR Congo: Faith and Politics

November 6, 2011

By Fidele Lumeya Why the Rev. Ngoy Mulunda Daniel is very determined to ensure that the elections be conducted in a credible manner is not only a question of leadership and his challenge is not political, instead it must be remembered, the dynamics between the Protestant and Catholic churches of Congo. The 2006 elections together with […]

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Humanitarian Assistance and Development: The Challenge of Joseph Kony in the Great Lakes Region

October 25, 2011

By: Fidele Ayu Lumeya Will the demise of Joseph Kony follow the demise of Gadhafi?  In the wake of the killing of Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan, Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen, and Gadhafi in Sirte, Libya, is it possible or likely that 100 US soldiers newly dispatched to the troubled countries of Uganda, the Democratic […]

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Humanitarian Assistance and Development in DR Congo: the Farmers’ Market model

October 19, 2011

BY: Fidele A. Lumeya Unless the gap between small-scale farming and the efficient marketing of agricultural products is bridged, poverty in the Great Lakes Region of Africa will grow unabated. Poverty is one of the elements that triggered Rwanda’s genocide in 1994, socio-economic insecurity in Uganda, DRC and Burundi.  In the case of Rwanda for […]

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Humanitarian Responses in the Eastern of the Democratic Rep. of Congo: More of the Same?

October 14, 2011

Unless the Congolese Government can reform its security sector as agreed in the Sun City peace accord, humanitarian responses in the Eastern Congo will be viewed by the local populace in Eastern Congo as du déjà vu—more of the same.

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Joseph Kabila of DR Congo: His Presidency and the challenge of the Violent Non-State Actors (VNSA).

July 10, 2011

Congo: Joseph Kabila’s presidency has been challenged and weakened by the presence of Violent Non State-Actors.

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