Monday, September 10, 2018 – Friday, September 14, 2018
Jean-Pierre Bemba, former warlord-turned-politician, has said that the December 23, 2018 vote will be a sham. Bemba was one of six presidential hopefuls who were banned from running in the December 23 election by the country’s election commission. Bemba appealed the ruling, but on Monday, the Constitutional Court upheld the decision, citing his International Criminal Court (ICC) conviction for bribing witnesses during his war crimes trial. In an interview with FRANCE 24, Bemba denounced the looming election as a sham, saying it is being controlled by the government.
OXFAM Novib has said that new cases of Ebola found in urban areas over the last few days show the outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is not yet under control and the next few weeks will be critical to contain the virus. Fear within communities is making it difficult to provide help or take-action to prevent the spread of the disease – with people at times threatening those trying to help. Many people don’t know who to trust, having spent years caught up in conflict, with little response from the international community or the government. They do not understand why people are now coming in such large numbers. There have been three cases, including one death in the town of Oicha, an area in which it is extremely dangerous to work due to the presence of armed rebel groups. While the virus is thought to be under control here, there have been significant attacks by armed groups on army positions around Beni town in recent weeks, including one this Sunday.