UNITED NATIONS New York (Xinhua)
-- A UN envoy has expressed
concern over the political, security and humanitarian
situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
despite progress in the electoral process.
Security Council, Leila Zerrougui, the UN
Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the DRC,
reported that “notable progress” had been made in the
past weeks in the preparations for presidential and
legislative elections, including the completion of voter
More than 46
million potential voters, 47 percent of them women, have
been registered for Dec. 23 elections, she told the
warned that major challenges remain in the country. It
is important to establish confidence of parties in the
Dec. 31, 2016 political agreement with regard to the
political process and to the electoral process, she
political agreement allowed President Joseph Kabila, who
has been in power since 2001, to stay on after his term
of office expired, on the condition that elections would
be held within 2017. But elections were delayed on the
grounds of logistic difficulties. On Nov. 5, 2017, the
country’s electoral commission published an electoral
calendar for the combined presidential, legislative and
provincial elections for Dec. 23, 2018.
to generate confidence in the full and faithful
implementation of the Dec. 31 agreement will only serve
to heighten political tensions, and to fuel the risks of
inciting violence for political ends, particularly
within the context of renewed and increased armed group
activities,” she warned.
voiced concern over the disproportionate use of force by
the security forces against peaceful demonstrators, and
over the country’s security and humanitarian situation.
situation has continued to deteriorate, bringing
increased risks for renewed instability in many parts of
the country and posing serious threats to the civilian
population, she said.
7.7 million people face severe food insecurity
throughout the country and more than two million
children are severely malnourished, she said.
2,900 DRC refugees
arrive in Uganda in one month
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Nearly 2,900 refugees from the
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have arrived in
Uganda through one registration point in Ntoroko
district, about 372km west of the capital Kampala over
the past one month.
“So far we
have registered 1,391 males and 1,492 females, excluding
those who arrived late last evening (Tuesday),” said
Edward Bwambale, the Town Clerk of Kanara sub-county,
where the refugees crossing through Lake Albert are
that after registration, the refugees are then ferried
to Kyaka II refugee settlement camp in Kyegegwa
district, about 120km from Ntoroko.
however, said several organizations were on the ground
to receive the refugees..
Ruhuga Kawamara, the district chairperson of the ruling
National Resistance Movement in Ntoroko, warned that
Uganda should get ready to receive more refugees,
“because the situation was not about to change in the
still chaos, a lot of chaos in Congo. However, some of
the refugees who are related to our people here in
Ntoroko are being absorbed into the community,” Kawamara
told Xinhua on Wednesday.
refugees have fled the DRC following tribal clashes
between the Lendu and Bagerere tribes in Ituri Province
in eastern Congo.
are crossing into Uganda through Ntoroko district, many
others cross through Hoima district.
Congolese have crossed to Uganda through Lake Albert to
Hoima since last December.