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Congo’s Noble prize winner Mukwege seeks presidency

Denis Mukwege at FIGO (The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics) after his address. Photo: Figo.org

Democratic Republic of Congo’s Noble prize winner Doctor Denis Mukwege made an announcement publicly that he would seek presidency come December election.

Making the bold statement on Monday, he challenged the current President Felix Tshisekedi in the upcoming December elections, stating that he has agreed to be a presidential candidate for the Republic.

In 2018, Mukwege as a gynecologist together with Yazidi activist Nadia Murad won the Nobel Prize for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.

He also is the founder of  Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, where he not only treats women sexually violated but also stand as a witness.

The 68-year-old Doctor promised to focus on issues on insecurity and political leadership as the African country is faced with declining security.

A month earlier reports circulated that there was an attempted coup against President Denis Sassou Nguesso, which the government denied.

Martin Fayulu an opposition leader announced he would also contest for presidency.

Writing by Juliet Onwurah; Editing by Julian Osamoto