During a recent trip to Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Kigali, Rwanda, on November 19 and 20, 2023, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) of the United States, Avril Haines has asked Presidents Felix Tshisekedi and Paul Kagame to defuse the diplomatic crisis between the two countries. The reasons for the trip were communicated in a statement by the White House, in the "Readout of Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines’s Travel to Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda", published on November 21, 2023 (See here: Readout of Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines’s Travel to Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda)..
On October 2, 2023, Dr. Denis Mukwege publicly announced his decision to run for presidency in an address to the Nation to be held at the Hotel Fatima in Kinshasa and then filed his candidacy with the DRC electoral commission on October 3, 2023. His candidacy has been under the theme : "Candidate for Peace" (Le Candidat de la Paix). Since then, there were rumors that opposition candidates were planning to align behind a sole candidate. According to AfroAmerica Network sources, the rumors have become a reality. Now, the question is: who will be the candidate of the opposition? According to the sources, Dr. Denis Mukwege is the likely selected candidate. However, negotiations are on-going to make sure that the political agenda of each opposition leader will be taken into account in Dennis Mukwege's plan, if he is confirmed.
On May 17, 2023, Dr. Denis Mukwege, 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner, appointed a special advisor and other political leaders and activists within his closest team. The appointment of Congolese political figures as his closest advisors, raised the expectations that Dr. Denis Mukwege was ready for the next steps: a political career with the aim to become the next President of the DRC in the upcoming elections, planned in December 2023. Now, as predicted in our previous article, Dr Dennis Mukwege has confirmed his bid to become the next DRC President (see DR Congo: Will Dr. Denis Mukwege Be the Next President in December 2023?).
In the last few weeks, African dictators have activated major shakeups of their country's military, with firings, forced retirements, dismissals, and reshuffles of the military leadership. Three of the African dictators made the latest shakeups on August 31, 2023. The three dictators are Uganda's Yoweri Museveni, Cameroon's Paul Biya, and Rwanda's Paul Kagame. Those three are among Africa's longest-reigning dictators who quickly enacted fresh appointments, retirements of generals and high ranking officers, and reshuffles within the military and the police. The reshuffles come following a successful military coup against Gabon's dictator Ali Bongo Ondimba and the rising coups and coup attempts against dictators, oligarchs and family dynasties in Africa.
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