Follow the Money (and the Minerals)

From Enough blogs Fri Nov 30 2012, 15:25:16

Editor's Note: This piece first appeared as part of New York Times' "Room for Debate." Enough Project Co-founder John Prendergast and others-including writer Eve Ensler, consultant and analyst Willet Weeks, Kambale Musavuli of Friends of the Congo, Yaa-Lengi Ngemi of the Congo Coalition, and Séverine Autesserre of Columbia University-address the complex question: How to stabilize Congo?

There will be no peace in Congo as long as ruthless interests can make immense profits from the extraction of minerals and other resources, with the connivance of regional governments. Corrupt Congolese officials have no interest in justice or army reform because they reap windfalls from mafia-like smuggling and land grabbing. It will take an effort to change market incentives similar to the one that ended the blood diamonds wars elsewhere in Africa.

Congolese officials don't invest in justice or army reform because they reap windfalls from mafia-like smuggling and land grabbing.

Rwanda's post-genocide economic miracle has benefited from huge exports of smuggled Congolese tin and tantalum. Influential Ugandans enrich themselves through major illicit Congolese gold exports. This ensures that eastern Congo remains at the mercy of armed groups and their criminal business partners allied with Kinshasa, Kigali or Kampala. As with all mafias, sometimes these competing groups fight, sometimes they cooperate.

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse

People and Organizations:


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Rwanda:   Researchers Confirm Some Plants Clean Pollutants, Fix Nutrients in Wetlands (news)
The New Times
25 March 2017

Research has found that at least seven species of natural plants in wetlands need to be protected because they are able to clean and remove heavy metals (pollutants) from wetlands water and soil. The ... [read more]

Rwanda:   Rwanda Launches Electronic Cargo Tracking System (news)
The East African
24 March 2017

Rwanda has launched the East African joint electronic cargo tracking system. The Regional Electronic Cargo Tracking System (RECTS) which went up on March 24, is expected to save on the cost and time ... [read more]

Rwanda:   Soccer - Staying in Top Flight Is Kirehe's Top Priority, Says Coach Kishi (news)
The New Times
25 March 2017

Kirehe FC head coach Hamis 'Kishi' Sogonya has admitted that staying in the top flight division league beyond the current campaign is his team's number one priority. The Eastern Province-based side ... [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!