We need a peace­ful, trans­par­ent and cred­i­ble elec­tion”

De­nis Muk­wege Ob­ste­tri­cian and No­bel Peace Prize lau­re­ate

The Africa Report - - FRONTLINE -

“We need peace to re­turn to Congo. I of­ten tell the story of a woman that I met in Fizi. One day I asked her what I could do for her. She said that she did not need help, that she could farm, fish and work hard to earn a liv­ing. That peace was the only thing that she needed. How can you speak of de­vel­op­ment when, in some prov­inces, a woman who goes to the mar­ket or goes to fetch water can get raped? When civil­ians are be­ing killed in Beni and Bukavu? Let’s start by recog­nis­ing that there is a prob­lem in this coun­try. I have al­ways pushed for a tran­si­tion in which Pres­i­dent Joseph Ka­bila plays no part. His sec­ond term ran out in De­cem­ber 2016. For two years, our lead­ers have de­fied the peo­ple. What do you think will hap­pen af­ter 23 De­cem­ber this year? That the DRC will awake with a new pres­i­dent and ac­claim him? Af­ter op­po­si­tion lead­ers have been ex­cluded for un­con­vinc­ing rea­sons? We need to be in­clu­sive. We need a peace­ful, trans­par­ent and cred­i­ble elec­tion where the re­sults are uni­ver­sally ac­cepted. To con­tinue with the un­end­ing con­flicts and armed groups that grow like mush­rooms, it is chaos. My only dream is peace. I want to look af­ter women who are hav­ing a baby, not try to put back to­gether women who have been de­stroyed.”

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