In the last hours of 2016, on December 31, 2016, a deal between Joseph Kabila and his opposition was announced. The deal was reached following the Plan B of a political dialogue brokered by the National Episcopal Conference of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), known as CENCO between President Joseph Kabila's political alliance, the presidential majority (MP) and the Rassemblement, a broad coalition of opposition groups. A telegram, a copy of which AfroAmerica Network has received (see photo), sent by FARDC Overall Commander (CHEF EMG FARDC) to all the region and sector military commanders of the DRC, their deputies, those in charge of military intelligence, and those commanding operations against an insurgency known as Kamuina-Nsapu in Kasai, on Jan 2, 2017 has casted doubts on the deal.
The political dialogue brokered by the National Episcopal Conference of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), known as CENCO between President Joseph Kabila's political alliance, the presidential majority (MP) and the Rassemblement, a broad coalition of opposition groups, has failed.
Despite pressure, both internal and external, on DRC President Joseph Kabila to accept the peaceful transfer of power, with major concessions from the opposition to allow a smooth transition, Joseph Kabila has refused to approve the proposed accord. With Joseph Kabila's adamant refusal to agree to an orderly transition, fears of violence are mounting. Accused of massive corruption and large
On December 23, 2016, Angola government announced the highly significant decision to immediately withdraw their troops from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to "keep neutrality", during the on-going political crisis and the ensuing violence. The decision was long forthcoming, according to AfroAmerican Network sources in Kinshasa.
A Long Awaited Decision.
On Sept 26, 2016, Angola's government withdrew its ambassador to the Democratic Republic in Congo and its diplomatic mission in DRC’s capital Kinshasa and sent them to Brazzaville, across the river. The official reason was that it was a security measure following violent protests calling for the country’s President Joseph Kabila’s departure from power. In fact, rumors of the attacks on the Angola's
Anti-Kabila protests across Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have turned violent. The protests in the capital Kinshasa, today on December 20, 2016, has led to tens of civilians killed by Joseph Kabila's Republican guard and the police. In other areas, including the cities of Lubumbashi, in Katanga Province, and throughout Eastern parts of the country, Joseph Kabila's army and police have been shooting at civilian protestors with automatic weapons, leaving a trail of death and destruction.
Fidel Castro, the former Revolutionary leader of Cuba has died. The news was announced by his brother Raoul Castro, the current leader of Cuba.
"The commander in chief of the Cuban revolution died at 22:29 hours this evening," President Raul Castro said on Friday, November 25, 2016.
President Raoul Castro said, in a message to the Cuban nation the nation broadcasted on state television that Fidel Castro had died and will be cremated on Saturday, November 26,
"Pastor Rick Warren has played a role in the creation of Peace Plan organization, but it is not his initiative, as the idea came from other people who co-founded the organization. In the first and second year, Rich Warren attended the annual conference of Peace Plan and contributed some money. But now, we thank God for not allowing Rick Warren to attend Peace Plan conferences and not allowing him to give his money. We praise God for the fact that Rick Warren has not been in Rwanda for a while, because when he comes, he hijacks actions that are not his and people are mislead and attribute him the Peace Plan conference."
It is in these harsh words that Alexis Bishop Birindabagabo, the head of Peace Plan and a close confident of Rwandan dictator General Paul Kagame expressed the desire
"President Kagame has an opportunity to set an example for a region in which leaders seem too tempted to view themselves as indispensable to their own countries' trajectories. We really do expect President Kagame to follow through on the commitments that he has made many times in the past to allow the next generation of leaders to come forward. We expect President Kagame to step down at the end of his term in 2017... Nobody is indispensable" It is with this unequivocal statement that the US Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power yet again underlined the US Government position against the attempts by African dictators, including Rwandan President Paul Kagame, to cling to power.