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The image shown above is taken from my website. The original image was posted by Jaume Ollé on the Vexillum list on 30 Dec 2001, the source being
a postage stamp. However at this
webpage is the text (in French) about the transitional constitution
of the Democratic Republic of Congo dated 01 Apr 2003 where it is said that
the coat of arms features a lion's head surrounded by two laurels with,
in the center, two shaking hands ("Ses armoiries se composent d'une
tête de lion encadrée par deux lauriers avec au centre des
So it seems that the actual coat of arms of the Democratic Republic of Congo is a bit different.
Pascal Gross, 18 Jul 2004
The Senate and the Parliament shall gather very soon in Kinshasa to
finally end the so-called Transition. Among the issues raised are the new
Constitution, including the national symbols. The symbols chosen by the
representatives should later be validated by referendum.
The news appeared in the newspaper from Kinshasa "Le Phare" and was relayed by several press agencies.
Ivan Sache, 20 Jul 2004
The new arms are from out of someone's imagination. The new
constitution mentions something that looks like the Arms from Mobutu's period
i.e. a leopard's head with laurel on its left and an ivory defense on its right.
But this time they are resting on a rock. The motto is "Justice, Peace, Work".
Denis Moyogo Jacquerye, 08 Dec 2005
While in Warsaw last September, I
passed several times a small, but elegant villa located on a quiet quite
residential street next to my brother's home in the Mokotow district. This
is the residence of the Congolese ambassador and makes me confirm that the arms
of 2003 drawn by Jens Pattke are authentic.
They were shown next to the wrought-iron gate of the villa, in gold colour and on the light blue background, in the form of oval plaque with the inscription reading: " Ambassade de la Republique Democratique du Congo en Pologne". During my almost two-week stay there I never saw a flag hoisted over this embassy, although all other 27 foreign embassies in the vicinity of my hotel nearby were displaying their flags on the daily basis, some (Lithuania and Estonia) together with the flag of the European Union. The reason I wanted to see the Congolese flag was to determine what shade of blue it has.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 09 Dec 2005
From the transitional constitution of the Democratic Republic of Congo
dated 1 Apr 2003 (from this
The Democratic Republic of Congo shall, within its borders of 30 June 1960, be an independent, sovereign, indivisible, democratic, social and secular State.
Its emblem shall be a sky-blue flag with a large yellow star in the centre and six small yellow stars all of the same size and set longitudinally along the side of the flagpole.
The national anthem shall be "Debout Congolais".
The motto shall be "Democracy, Justice, Unity".
Its currency shall be the "Congo Franc".
Its coat of arms shall consist of a lion's head framed by two laurel branches with hands crossed in the centre.
Jens Pattke, 19 Jul 2004
sent by Željko Heimer, 30 Apr 1999The Democratic Republic of Congo has adopted new arms but whether Kabila has a new Presidential flag is not known.
Some time ago [tfb] shown a new seal of
Dep. Rep. Congo since June 1997 but when I visited embassy of Democratic Rep.
Congo in Tokyo the other day, they told me that they still use of coat
of arms of Zaire adopted in 1963 since leopard has
been the national symbol. They could not show me the official statement
of coat of arms after revolution. Which one is right, lion in [tfb]
Nozomi Kariyasu, 02 Apr 1999
That is: "Its coat of arms is a lion's head framed by, to the
left, a palm-tree branch and an arrow and, to the right, an ivory point
[pointer?] and a lance, all of it upon a rock."
This looks pretty much like the Zaire Coat of Arms, only the motto has been exchanged for... a rock - and a leopard for a lion.
Nicolas Rucks, 02 Jul 2000
The coat of arms (e.g. used in the top-left corner of the presidential
flag of Zaire). The text is "Justice, Peace, Work".
Marcus Wendel, 16 Aug 1999