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Cablegate: Fy'05-Afrp: "Grassroots Democracy" April 11-29, 2005

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131040Z Aug 04

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 04 KINSHASA 001525

SIPDIS

FOR ECA/PE/V/G/A DWOODS; AF/PD PERHNMAN

E.O. 12958:N/A
TAGS: OEXC SCUL KPAO
SUBJECT: FY'05-AFRP: "Grassroots Democracy" April 11-29, 2005

REF: STATE 347575

START FIXED-FORMAT TEXT (PLEASE DO NOT EDIT):
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EXPORT-SOURCE: POST-EVDB
VERSION: 3.0.7
POST-EMAIL: FumanaJS@State.gov
TRANSMITTING-POST: PAS Kinshasa
TRANSMITTING-POST-ID: 4307
EXPORT-TYPE: BIO DATA
START NOMINATION:
ECA-OFFICE: E/VGA
PROG-AGENCY-NAME:
POST-PROJ-ID: 10
ECA-PROJ-NO:
PROJ-NAME: Grassroots Democracy
START MEMO PROJ-DESC:
This project will address approaches to promoting public
participation in decision-making. The program will demonstrate how
citizen participation in the democratic process at the grassroots
level can influence political, social, and economic change.
END MEMO PROJ-DESC:
PROJ-TYPE: Individuals Traveling Together
PROG-TYPE: IV Grant Visitor
FY: 2005
DEPART-POST:
SESSION-DATE: 04/11/2005
RETURN-POST:
NO-OF-PART: 2
RANK-ORDER: 1
START MEMO POST-OBJ:

END MEMO POST-OBJ:
START MEMO POST-RCMD:

END MEMO POST-RCMD:
ECA-OFFICE-ID: 1035
PROG-AGENCY-ID:
PROJ-TYPE-ID: ITT
PROG-TYPE-ID: 29
NOMINATING-POST-ID: 4307
FUNDING-CNTRY-ID: 4307
STATUS: N
ORIGINATOR: P
SUBJ-DISC: Grassroots Democracy
START BIO:
PREFIX:
F-NAME: Apollinaire
M-NAME: Muholongu
L-NAME: Malumalu
SUFFIX:
POSITION-CODE: 100
PRINCIPAL? Yes
GENDER: M
DOB: 07/22/1961
MAR-STAT: S
BIRTH-CITY: Muhangi
BIRTH-CNTRY: Democratic Republic of Congo
CITIZ-CNTRY: Democratic Republic of Congo
RES-CNTRY: Democratic Republic of Congo
START MEMO POSITION:
Independent Electoral Commission
END MEMO POSITION:
START MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:
President
END MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:
START MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:
- Rector of the Graben Catholic University (2001 - 2003)
- Professor of Political Science and International Relations
(since 1999)
- Vice Rector of Graben Catholic University (1995 - 2000)
- Parish Priest at Monestier de Clermont, France (1992 - 1995)
END MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:
START MEMO US-TRAVEL:
None
END MEMO US-TRAVEL:
START MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:
- France and Schengen Countries, for Studies (since 1989)
- Uganda and Kenya, for business meetings and conferences (since
1995)
- Australia, for a conference (2001)
- Botswana, South Africa and Ethiopia, for Congolese Peace
Negotiations (2001 - 2003)
END MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:
START MEMO EDUCATION:
- Doctoral Degree in Political Science, Grenoble II State
University (1999)
-Special Diploma in Human Rights and Political Studies, Graben II
State University (1992)
- Master's Degree in Theology and Philosophy, Catholic University
of Lyon (1991)
- Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy, Catholic Faculties of Kinshasa
(1988)
- Diploma in Philosophy and Theology, Bakavu Catholic Seminar
(1986)
- High School Diploma in Latin and Philosophy, Kambali High School
(1979)
END MEMO EDUCATION:
START MEMO MEMBERSHIPS:
Director of the Center of Training for Development Solidarity
(1995 - 2003)
END MEMO MEMBERSHIPS:
START MEMO PUBLICATIONS:
- "The Congolese Civil Society on the Democracy Test" (2003)
- The Policy of Resort to Authenticity in Congo-Zaire during
Mobutu's Regime" (1999)
- The Collapse of the State and Identity Crises in Zaire" (1995)
END MEMO PUBLICATIONS:
START MEMO SPEC-CONSID:
None
END MEMO SPEC-CONSID:
FIRST-LANG: Swahili/Kiswahili
ENGL-READ: 1
ENGL-SPEAK: 1
ENGL-COMP: 1
START OTHER-LANGS:
OTHER-LANG: French
OTHER-LANG-ID: FR
READ: 4
SPEAK: 4
COMP: 4
END OTHER-LANGS:
START MEMO NOM-POST-OBJ:

END MEMO NOM-POST-OBJ:
START MEMO NOM-POST-RCMD:
Post would like the nominee to learn how citizen participation in
the democratic process at the grassroots level can influence
political, social, and economic change.
END MEMO NOM-POST-RCMD:
START MEMO VIS-OBJ:
END MEMO VIS-OBJ:
START MEMO VIS-REC:
The grantee would like to meet representatives of institutions
dealing with the organization and observation of elections. He is
also interested in have exchange with university officials, and
NGOs involved in development, human rights, governance and
democracy issues.
END MEMO VIS-REC:
NOMINATING-OFFICER: USAID
START MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION:
As head of the Independent Electoral Commission (CEI in French),
Abbot Malumalu occupies one of the key positions in the DRC's
transitional process. The CEI is charged with ensuring that free
and fair elections are held in the Congo within the time frame
specified by the Sun City Accord. As a prominent member of the
Civil Society in the eastern Congo, Abbot Malumalu developed an
outstanding reputation as a fair and objective mediator, respected
by all parties to the Congolese conflict. The Abbot will have a
chance to apply the knowledge gained from this program in a way
that few other IVs do, in a process that is vital to the DRC, the
Great Lakes Region, and to sub-Saharan Africa as a whole. The
Country Team has approved this nomination.
END MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION:
NOM-OFF: USAID
SPEAKER? Yes
NOTIFY-EMB: No
MEDIA? No
HOME-STAY: No
HOME-HOSP? Yes
E-I-TYPE: INTERPRETER
NOMINEE-ID: 18
PERSON-ID: 18
BIRTH-CNTRY-ID: CG
CITIZ-CNTRY-ID: CG
RES-CNTRY-ID: CG
FIRST-LANG-ID: SW
E-I-TYPE-ID: I
NOM-POST-ID: 4307
NOM-FUNDING-CNTRY-ID: 4307
NOM-STATUS: N
DS2019-ACTION: 1
DS2019-SUBJECT:
SPONS-FUNDS: USD 9,188.000
SPONS-AGENCY1:
USGOVT-AGENCY1:
US-AGENCY-AMT1: 0
USGOVT-AGENCY2:
US-AGENCY-AMT2: 0
INTL-ORG1:
INTL-ORG-AMOUNT1: 0
INTL-ORG2:
INTL-ORG-AMOUNT2: 0
VIS-GOVT-AMT: 0
COMMISSION: 0
OTHER-AMOUNT: 0
VIS-AMOUNT: 0
VIS-CAT: 5
END BIO:
START BIO:
PREFIX:
F-NAME: Nassor
M-NAME: Bin
L-NAME: Kassongo
SUFFIX:
POSITION-CODE: 100
PRINCIPAL? Yes
GENDER: M
DOB: 09/05/1964
MAR-STAT: M
BIRTH-CITY: Kasongo
BIRTH-CNTRY: Democratic Republic of Congo
CITIZ-CNTRY: Democratic Republic of Congo
RES-CNTRY: Democratic Republic of Congo
START MEMO POSITION:
National Assembly
END MEMO POSITION:
START MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:
Director of Cabinet of the President of the National Assembly
END MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:
START MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:
- Director at the Federation of Congolese Business Enterprises
(2003 - 2004)
- Head of Service at the Federation of Congolese Business
Enterprises (1994 - 2002)
- Lecturer (since 1996) at the School of Journalism
- Journalist at the Local Newspaper, "Le Standard" (1992 - 1996)
END MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:
START MEMO US-TRAVEL:
None
END MEMO US-TRAVEL:
START MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:
- France, for official business (2004)
- Senegal, for training (2003)
- Italy, for training (2003)
END MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:
START MEMO EDUCATION:
Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, School of Journalism, Kinshasa,
D.R. Congo (1996)
END MEMO EDUCATION:
START MEMO MEMBERSHIPS:
None
END MEMO MEMBERSHIPS:
START MEMO PUBLICATIONS:
"The Organization of Press Enterprises and Ethics Issues" (1996)
END MEMO PUBLICATIONS:
START MEMO SPEC-CONSID:

END MEMO SPEC-CONSID:
FIRST-LANG: Swahili/Kiswahili
ENGL-READ: 1
ENGL-SPEAK: 1
ENGL-COMP: 1
START OTHER-LANGS:
OTHER-LANG: French
OTHER-LANG-ID: FR
READ: 4
SPEAK: 4
COMP: 4
END OTHER-LANGS:
START MEMO NOM-POST-OBJ:

END MEMO NOM-POST-OBJ:
START MEMO NOM-POST-RCMD:

END MEMO NOM-POST-RCMD:
START MEMO VIS-OBJ:

END MEMO VIS-OBJ:
START MEMO VIS-REC:
The grantee would like to meet with members of the Congress in
order to gain greater understanding of the U.S. Congress and the
organization of elections. In addition to getting a greater
understanding of the AGOA process, he is interested in visiting
the White House and in making contacts with businessmen.
END MEMO VIS-REC:
NOMINATING-OFFICER: POL
START MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION:
Mr. Kassongo is currently Chief-of-Staff to the President of the
Congolese National Assembly. He is also a journalist and teaches
at the Journalism School in Kinshasa. The National Assembly is
playing a key role in the transitional process in the DRC since it
must pass all laws implementing the Congo's electoral system. The
DRC and its transitional process will thus benefit directly from
Mr. Kassongo's participation in this program. The Country Team
has approved this nomination.
END MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION:
NOM-OFF: POL
SPEAKER? Yes
NOTIFY-EMB: No
MEDIA? No
HOME-STAY: No
HOME-HOSP? Yes
E-I-TYPE: INTERPRETER
NOMINEE-ID: 19
PERSON-ID: 19
BIRTH-CNTRY-ID: CG
CITIZ-CNTRY-ID: CG
RES-CNTRY-ID: CG
FIRST-LANG-ID: SW
E-I-TYPE-ID: I
NOM-POST-ID: 4307
NOM-FUNDING-CNTRY-ID: 4307
NOM-STATUS: N
DS2019-ACTION: 1
DS2019-SUBJECT:
SPONS-FUNDS: USD 9,188.000
SPONS-AGENCY1:
USGOVT-AGENCY1:
US-AGENCY-AMT1: 0
USGOVT-AGENCY2:
US-AGENCY-AMT2: 0
INTL-ORG1:
INTL-ORG-AMOUNT1: 0
INTL-ORG2:
INTL-ORG-AMOUNT2: 0
VIS-GOVT-AMT: 0
COMMISSION: 0
OTHER-AMOUNT: 0
VIS-AMOUNT: 0
VIS-CAT:
END BIO:
END NOMINATION:
END FIXED-FORMAT TEXT:
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