A meeting to relaunch M23 that was planned in Uganda on Wed April 12, 2017 was called off, when Congolese rebel commanders and leaders of combattants who were expected in Uganda failed to show up.
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said on Wednesday March 29, 2017, commenting as a proposal on MONUSCO's renewal was being debated, that the U.N. peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), serving within MONUSCO, are aiding a DRC government that is "corrupt and preys on its citizens". The United States will be leading the UN Security Council in April 2017.
The South African former political prisoner, politician, anti-apartheid activist, freedom fighter and ANC leader Ahmed Kathrada, known under his nickname Kathy, died Tuesday at a Johannesburg hospital at age 87.
Pope Francis said on March 13, 2017 that he is cancelling a long planned trip to DRC. He was due to travel to DRC and its neighbour, the Republic of Congo, in July-August 2017.