The Great Lakes Research Journal

In-depth reviews of issues and challenges facing Central Africa – ISSN: 1554-0391

KINSHASA (GLRJ NEWS) La République Démocratique du Congo venait de bénéficier d’une somme de 692 millions de Dollars Américains du programme humanitaire des Nations Unies pour pouvoir répondre aux besoins des populations qui sont en train de souffrir. Ce montant de $692.000.000.00 représente le budget pour l’année 2015 seulement. Hier Mardi 10 Février était le lancement de ce programme humanitaire par le Bureau de coordination de l’ONU à Bukavu dans le Sud Kivu.

Bien que cet argent serve à répondre au besoin des crises humanitaires sur toute l’étendue du pays, les populations les plus visées sont celles de l’Est du pays et du Katanga à cause des évènements que ces milieux ont vécus dans un passé récent et qui ont placé les populations dans un état déplorable.

On estime qu’il y a environ 7.000.000 des Congolais qui sont grandement dans le besoin, et que le programme d’action humanitaire ciblerait 5,200.000 des personnes en vue de leur redonner un espoir. Le programme prévoit en termes des millions des dollars Américains la répartition suivante : 138 millions pour le Katanga, 170 millions pour le Nord Kivu, et 119 millions pour le Sud Kivu.
Il faudra aussi signale que le budget de ce même programme était beaucoup plus élevé pour l’année 2014 que ce qu’il a reçu en 2015 bien que les besoins prioritaires identifiées sont toujours les mêmes.

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KINSHASA (GLRJ NEWS).  The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) could have its first chance in 55 years to witness a peaceful transition of power between the current president, Mr. Joseph Kabila, and his successor.  Experts believe that the defeat of the controversial election legislation by the upper house is the beginning of the end of Mr. Kabila’s rule in this mineral rich country. The law that was approved by the Majority in the lower house required a completion of a vast census that could have taken yours before holding presidential and parliamentary elections. The opposition and the majority of the Congolese people believe that the law was intended to allow Mr. Kabila to extend his power beyond 2016.

In Kinshasa today many people are talking about a new political party called “Parti Des Travailleurs” or PDT with its national president Professor John Malala from the University of Central Florida in the United States as the possible new hope for the DRC. One diplomat who spoke on condition of anonymity said, “Dr. Malala and his colleagues are very well-known in the academic, professional, and political arenas in the United States and abroad. They are bringing the best of the much-needed expertise to get this country moving again.”

Observers believe that the U.S. and its allies like what they see in the make-up of the leadership of this party. While some are currently talking about names of people who are already in the Congolese political apparatus, others believe that things will change once the people of the DRC realize that the best is yet to come.

Many experts we spoke to believe that the PDT will be able to address issues facing this country from unemployment to infrastructure to education. “I see people who have a passion for their country, and who have earned a tremendous reputation among their peers because of their integrity and expertise,” said the diplomat. “I’m confident that if Professor Malala becomes the next president of the DRC we will witness a true modernization program take place in this country.”

Among the founding members of the PDT are many university professors from the United States, professionals from Europe, a plethora of physicians from South Africa, and other experts from all over the world. The party is emphasizing integrity and its members say they have learned from the mistakes that others made in the past. On their web site we see the slogan “Nihil Sine Labore” which is Latin for “Nothing without work.”

© 2015. GLRJ

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Six South African Airlines have been accused of raising fares for local flights in June, when the World Cup will be taking place. South African Airways, Comair, Mango, 1time, Airlink and SA Express are the airlines under investigation.

South African Airways has already been found guilty of price-fixing in the past, being fined 55 million rand (7 million USD) in 2006.

Ticket prices along with the availability of flights is partly being blamed for a reduction in the number of foreign fans attending the World Cup. Originally estimated at about 1 million, the number has now dropped to 450,000.

If the charges are proved to be true then these airlines must be dealt with immediately. It’s obvious that the situation has already contributed to a massive decrease in expected attendance to the World Cup, which will have a big economic impact on South Africa.

It also gets in the way of having as many people as possible visit the beautiful nation and seeing all it has to offer.

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According to the BBC, Africa has seen an increase in tourism thanks to the spotlight brought on by both the World Cup and Barack Obama winning the presidency. In fact, Africa is the only continent to actually see an increase in tourism, growing by 5% when the rest of the world saw a decrease of 4%.

This is wonderful news for all African nations. Africa has a lot of natural beauty that any traveler would relish seeing. So it’s nice that events like the World Cup and Barack Obama becoming the President of the United States of America can inspire people to visit the continent when they otherwise might not have thought of making such a trip.

Tourism can be a way for Africa to continue to develop economically and bring prosperity to its people. Although they have to make sure to keep the right balance between growth and protecting the environment that will attract visitors.

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