Protest in the DRC: Census Bill Blocked

January 26, 2015

Hello everyone and welcome back to the Nyantende Foundation’s Blog! These past few days the DRCongo has undergone a series of protests and celebration over the amendment of a controversial census bill. To catch you up on the politics of the DRC, the current President Joseph Kabila has been in office since 2001. His time in office has not improved the country’s infrastructure, employment or violent conflict mining areas. The DRC has been placed at the bottom (187) of the UN Human Development index.

The presidential elections that are supposedly to take place in 2016 were threatened to be extended by another 3 years if a census was to be held in the DRC; consequently, extending President Kabila’s time in office. The opposition argued that a census should not take place, since the DRC does not have the proper infrastructure,which would make the report reliable. Although censuses are an important procedure that can secure free and fair polling, the DRC has yet to have a dependable census since its independence in 1960.

Ever since the government’s proposed electoral law, the DRC has seen days of violent protests. Dozens of people have been killed in these protests, and excessive amount of force has been used against protesters by Congolese authorities. Many of the protestors consist of students, and were sparked by the House of Representatives approval of the electoral law. After days of violent protesting the senate has voted against the law. Celebrations in the DRC continued on January 23, 2015 as protesters celebrated their victory on the amendment of the bill. However, the bill has not become a law. To be legislated the bill has to return to the House of Representatives and passed.  

 

For more information and to keep track of the issue follow us on twitter @NyantendeQueens and check out these links:

·      http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2015/01/drc-protesters-killed-police-crackdown-2015121175946748357.html

·      http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/20/-sp-deadly-protests-democratic-republic-congo-drc-president-kabila

·      https://www.cpj.org/2015/01/drc-halts-internet-access-and-cellphone-services-a.php

 

Lastly we have our first official annual report! This is an informative report on how the Nyantende foundation has grown and continues to grow through it’s engagement in empowering the youth of Nyantende. Here is a chance to not just tell you what we’ve done but show you what we’ve done this past year.

Check it out at:

·      http://media.wix.com/ugd/51ead9_ac49bcb079a74184995f6091c5c34081.pdf

 

 

Heather and Maggie

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