US sanctions Congo election officials

first_img…says they obstructed voteThe United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on three senior officials from Democratic Republic of Congo’s electoral commission, accusing them of corruption and obstructing December’s presidential election.The US Treasury said in a statement that the commission’s organization of the Dec. 30 election, which led to Congo’s first ever transfer of power via the ballot box, “failed to ensure the vote reflected the will of the Congolese people.”Even so, the statement stopped short of calling into question the legitimacy of President Felix Tshisekedi’s victory, despite what sources told Reuters was outright rigging to deny runner-up Martin Fayulu the win.The US sanctions target commission President Corneille Nangaa, Vice President Norbert Basengezi and Marcellin Mukolo Basengezi, an adviser to Nangaa and son of Norbert Basengezi.Nangaa and Norbert Basengezi were not immediately available for comment. Marcellin Mukolo Basengezi could not be reached for comment.The Treasury statement focused on what it said were efforts by the three “to obstruct and delay preparations” for the election, which had originally been due in 2016, and corruption related to procurement of voting machines and other materials.File photo: President of Congo’s National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI), Corneille Nangaa, speaks during a press conference announcing the results of the presidential election in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, January 10, 2019 (REUTERS/Jackson Njehia)Former President Joseph Kabila was required by the constitution to step down in December 2016 following an election to choose his successor, but the commission repeatedly postponed the vote, citing logistical obstacles.Treasury said the three officials facilitated the delays by embezzling money meant to finance the vote into shell companies and accused Nangaa and Norbert Basengezi of bribing justices on Congo’s top court to approve an election delay in 2016.It also said that commission officials, under Nangaa’s leadership, inflated by as much as $100 million the cost of electronic voting machines “with the intent to use surplus funds for personal enrichment, bribes, and campaign costs to fund the election campaign of Kabila’s candidate.”Kabila’s preferred candidate, former Interior Minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, finished a distant third in the official results.Congolese sources in contact with Nangaa and other senior government officials told Reuters that Fayulu actually won the election but that top officials instructed the commission to award the vote to Tshisekedi, who the Kabila’s camp viewed as less hostile to its interests.Kabila and Tshisekedi’s camps both deny the vote was rigged.The United States sharply criticized the conduct of the election but eventually recognized Tshisekedi’s victory and said it was committed to working with his Government. (Reuters)last_img read more


first_imgFrom its launch in 2008 this three day celebration of great food and drink has continued to attract thousands to a beautiful tented village on the pier area in Donegal town with the backdrop of the Bluestack Mountains and Donegal Bay.This is due to the vibrant personalities of the celebrity and local chefs who will be cooking up a storm over the weekend.This years festival has once again gathered together top restaurants and hotels. Foodies will particularly enjoy the 100 plus food and drink exhibitors from all over Ireland and the UK, who will showcase and sell their products.There will be tastings from an unbelievable variety of food and drink ranging from, wine and craft beers, confectionary, specialist foods, meat, fish, and dairy products Exhibitors. www.atasteofdonegal.comHigh profile cookery demonstrations will capture your imagination with culinary recipe suggestions from celebrity chef Tony Singe “The Incredible Spice man” An ambassador for Scotland and all things Scottish.Neven Maguire, the Nations Favourite, Donegal ‘s Food Ambassador Gary O’ Hanlon, Supervalu Ambassador, Kevin Dundon, Brian Mc Dermott “ The No Salt Chef” Maire Dufficey from Bord Bia will also be on hand to share her expertise from the Irish food business. Chefs; The event will also include master classes by leading experts who will showcase their specialist skills in pastry and bread making, meal planning, cocktail mixing, and help you make the right decision when choosing wine for all occasions. Experts;www.atasteofdonegal.comThe 2014 A Passion To Inspire Chefs Competition will take place under the watchful eye of Anthony Armtrong a judge from the World Association of Chefs Society, Peter Griffths M.B.E., President British Culinary Federation, Gerard M. Molloy American Culinary Federation and Mr Bob Mc Donald, Judges from the Master Chefs of Great Britain.Entrants will be required to cook and present two different dishes, a starter and a main course, each for two covers, showcasing the best of Irish produce.Competitions; www.ataasteofdonegal.comNew to this year’s entertainment line up will be a cookery comedy theatre with celebrity chef Joe Shannon and comedian Frank Forde. You will have the opportunity to listen to wonderful live Swing and Jazz music from Adrian Cullen the “Dean Martin Tribute Show”, Latin and Salsa hits from” Havana Club Trio”, also classical opera from Eugene Ginty “The Singing Chef “.Entertainment; Taste of Donegal is truly a food lovers dream and will showcase Donegal Town and the surrounding area as a region of high quality restaurants and hotels, with a vibrant and growing Artisan Food Production Family.With the extensive variety of products available throughout the marquee your palette will explode from the diverse tastes which will leave you coming back again and again.The Committee welcome everyone to attend this premier food and drink event here in the North West and indeed on the Island of Ireland; which will be officially opened by Mr Paddy Harte Chairperson of County Donegal Gathering 2013. To quote Chairperson Ernan Mc Gettigan, “Come along and experience the wonderful food and drink variety available , we promise to tantalise your taste buds and as our caption says, Discover, Dine, and Delight in Donegal Town over this festival weekend and indeed every time you visit this region.A Taste of Donegal Food Festival will take place on Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August 2014 on the Pier Area in Donegal Town.The Festival will open to the public at 4.00pm to 10.00pm Friday, to 7.00pm Saturday and Sunday.The opening evening will conclude with a fireworks display by Pains Fireworks over Donegal Bay.Admission is €4.00 per adult, €2.00 per child, €10.00 for a weekend pass.For the full programme of events and regular updates, please follow us on and find A Taste of Donegal on Facebook.Contact details:Donegal Town Community Chamber Exhibitors – Businesses – VisitorsTel. +353 (0) 74 97 23760Email: development@donegaltown.ieTOP CELEBRITY CHEFS SET TO APPEAR AT TASTE OF DONEGAL 2014 was last modified: July 29th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:A Taste of Donegal 2014:FeaturesFood festivalnewsNoticeslast_img read more