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?).
Over the last years, Dr. Denis Mukwege has been having contacts with world leaders including French president Emmanuel Macron, the Pope, UK leaders, and USA leaders.
Recently he resumed his trips and meetings with leaders of World powers and international organizations, including those attending the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on 18-23 and 26 September 2023.
On September 28, 2023, at the Albies gala, held at the New York Public Library, Dr. Denis Mukwege was honored with a “Lifetime Achievement Award”, a distinction initiated by the Clooney Foundation for Justice to acknowledge the efforts of outstanding human rights defenders around the world for his dedication to the fight against sexual violence in conflict and his work with survivors in DRC.
He has also continued to meet other Congolese opposition leaders and potential presidential candidates, including former Prime-Minister Matata Mponyo, Martin Fayulu who is regarded as the true winner of the previous elections , Moîse Katumbi, and Dely Sessanga.
Now, he has planned to publicly announce his decision to run for presidency on October 2, 2023 in an address to the Nation to be held at the Hotel Fatima in Kinshasa. He will then file his candidacy with the DRC electoral commission on October 3, 2023. His candidacy will be under the theme : "Candidate for Peace" (Le Candidat de la Paix).
Since late July 2023, Dennis Mukwege has been meeting with many personalities and political figures, while a political group supporting him submitted a list for the legislative elections.
His run for presidency is expected to fuel the multiple dynamics in the region, especially those rising from the current security situation in the DRC, due to the invasion of the Rwandan troops under the cover of M23 rebels.
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Some Successes in his Vocal Criticism of the International Community's Double Standards Regarding the Latest Invasion of DRC by Rwandan Military
As the 2023 presidential elections have approached, Dr. Dennis Mukwege has continued to reinforce his push for investigating and prosecuting war criminals, including troops from Rwanda, Uganda, and Burundi, as well as regular Congolese troops and militia leaders.
At the same time, while denouncing the inaction and hypocrisy of the international community, he has raised a red flag on the on-going corruption of Congolese leaders, who have been focusing on enriching themselves while the Congolese people has been facing more than 30 years of wars, humanitarian tragedies, massacres, and genocides.
According to AfroAmerica Network sources who followed closely his trips and actions, in his recent trips to the US and Europe, Dr. Dennis Mukwege has raised the concerns with the leaders he met. He has also promised to implement fundamental changes in the DRC if he becomes the president.
Hence, he has played a major role in the US Sanctions against a senior Rwanda Defense Force (RDF) commander for arming, funding and reinforcing M23 armed group and in the decision by the US State Department to end all military cooperation with Rwanda after adding the Rwandan government to the list of countries recruit, using, or sponsoring child soldiers, under the Child Soldiers Prevention Act (CSPA). Rwanda is the 19th country on the list.
His stands have increased his support among the Congolese people and activists, disappointed by the inefficacy of the current leaders in solving the challenges faced by the country, including fighting pervasive corruption, supporting the military and increasing the capacities to fight against invasion of the Rwandan troops and improve the economy.
His recent actions and public stances have continued to increase the odds to become the next DRC president, as he plans to challenged the current President Felix Tshisekedi.
AfroAmerica Network is still following the dynamics and getting more information from several sources close to Dennis Mukwege and the leaders of DRC.
@AfroAmerica Network 2023
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