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Shoddy and illegal construction in Bukavu have blocked traditional waterways, causing floods and landslides.
A "ville morte" operation in Goma from March 11 to March 13 is said to have successfully shamed city authorities to relaunch road work. Hey, it's a start. If I were a Soros-type billionaire trying to help Congo, I'd spend a lot to help civil society groups do more stuff like this to pressure the government to do its job.
More on yesterday's fracas in Katanga: Some 250 rebels are now ensconced inside Monusco's compound in Lubumbashi. About 50 of them are wounded; 15 seriously. Estimates are that 15 rebels died in the fighting yesterday and that another 20 civilians were killed. It's not clear whether the "rebels" actually instigated the fighting or not: Braeckman says they were simply marching downtown together with their women and children.The rebels are Kata Katanga, a mai mai group from Mbjui Mayi. They are angry, apparently, at being cut off from the income of southern Katanga and worried that they've lost influence in the government, thanks to the recent demotions of co-ethnics ex-police chief John Numbi (suspected of having killed Chebeya) and Mulunda Ngoy (widely criticized for his handling of the elections), and the death of Kaumba Mwanke in an airplane crash.
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