Dr Mukwege and Jill Biden

Dr. Denis Mukwege and Dr. Jill Biden, Vice-president Biden’s wife in Panzi Hospital in 2014 (cr: The Daily Beast)

In a blatant violation of the Congolese Constitution and of  the rules and regulations governing the DRC Health Care System, the Congolese President Joseph Kabila ordered the seizing of the bank account of Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, the hospital founded and is run by Dr. Denis Mukwege.  This Joseph Kabila who is called by foreign diplomats in Kinshasa, le petit rwandais (the little Rwandan) according to a French official, is persecuting Panzi and Dr. Mukwege in a way that no legitimate president of the citizens of a country would against an institution (Panzi Hospital) and its Director, the icon Dr. Denis Mukwege, who should be held as a hero and the pride of the DRC and its president, considering the recognition and the awards Dr. Mukwege has received all over the world (the latest being the 2014 EU Sakharov Award).


Dr. Denis Mukwege receives the Sakharov Prize from EP President Martin Schulz (Photo cr: Reuters/V. Kessler)


But, first, here is the information we received from Panzi Hospital on this criminal and, really, dumb action by Joseph Kabila and his goons he calls “government” as well as all DRC institutions that are ENTIRELY under his orders:

This past January 2nd, 2015, Dr. Mukwege gave a press conference  at which he read the Press Release issued by Panzi Hospital on 1/1/2015 and signed by himself. After the reading, he took some questions from the media. The sequence of the events he gave is as follows:

  • –           On October 31, 2014, the tax collecting agency of the DRC, the DGI (Direction General des Impots – the General Office of Taxes), seized Panzi Hospital’s account with the BCC (Banque Congolaise de Commerce – Congolese Commercial Bank).
  • –           On November 4, 2014, Panzi Hospital filed a law suit against DGI complaining that its action was discriminatory and that it blatantly violated both the DRC constitution and the rules regulating the health system of the DRC.  Panzi’s lawsuit also demanded that this illegal and discriminatory measure be lifted up.
  • –           On December 29, 2014, the DGI’s head of Taxes Receivable (le receveur principal des impots) wrote to the bank a letter ordering the release of Panzi’s funds.  The letter stated, in part, “as a result of a compromise reached, I am ordering, as of this Monday, December 29, 2014, the release of Panzi Hospital funds in the amount of 43,079,384.08 Congolese Francs“.
  • –           Yet, the following day (Tuesday, 12/30/2014), the tax agency re-seized Panzi Hospital funds without an explanation (written or oral), contradicting its own decision of 12/29/2014. (This is how lawless DRC has been under Joseph Kabila).

Question to Dr. Mukwege (Q): “How do you respond to the statement made to RFI (Radio France International) by the DRC minister of health, Flory KABANGE, that Panzi Hospital is a private hospital, therefore, it has to pay taxes?” (Declaration made the very morning of 1/2/2015, the day Dr. Mukwege was scheduled to give his press conference).

Answer by Dr. Mukwege (A): “Panzi Hospital is a public hospital in the Ibanda Zone (Of eastern Congo, one of 500 officially recognized general hospitals in the DRC – and none of them pays taxes.)  You can go and consult or check the national or official DRC’s health organizational chart… In my opinion, what was stated this morning has no foundation whatsoever… I am categorical!… As witness the last declaration of the (Congolese) minister of medias and information (Lambert Mende Omalanga) who specifically declared that Panzi Hospital is a public hospital… Thus, I would like for someone to tell us since when the status of Panzi changed from the one stated by the minister (Mende) just a month ago… I believe there are some other reasons behind this persecution...”

(Q):Is there a connection between the confiscation of Panzi Hospital’s accounts and Dr. Mukwege’s declaration that he is against the revision of the (DRC) constitution (so that Kabila can run for a 3rd term, which is prohibited by the Congolese Constitution)?”

(A):  “I am not going to speculate.  You have to ask this question to those who are responsible for these actions if they have any hidden motives…”

(Q):  “If this situation persists, is the hospital going to close?

(A):I do not wish that Panzi Hospital closes its doors.  It serves over 400,000 people in the Ibanda Zone.  Can you imagine closing an institution that serves 400,000 inhabitants?… For 2012, they are taxing us 47,000 US dollars, which they have seized.  For 2013, they want us to pay 650,000 US dollars.  Come on, let’s be logical. We’re serving one of the poorest areas around.  Where do they want us to get all this money?  How much does the hospital make even in one year?… I believe that there have to be men and women of good will who can understand our appeal and who can convince themselves that this evil has lasted for far too long and that it has to be brought to an end!...”

Do you hear this appeal by Dr. Mukwege, you leaders of the Free World: Obama, Merkel, Cameron, Hollande, the European Union,…?

Denis Mukwege

Dr. Mukwege with some of the women he has treated in Panzi Hospital (Photo cr.: Scott Baldauf/Christian Science Monitor/Getty)


The evidence available now 20 years after the triggering of the Rwandan Genocide and the ensuing invasion and occupation of the DRC by Rwanda and Uganda  (watch BBC’s documentary “Rwanda, the Untold Story”), compels the World not to continue the erroneous and destructive policies – for Congolese and Rwandan people –  based on Paul Kagame’s lies and cover up of his crimes of the 1990’s.

The Free World has physically removed despots and mass murderers who have done and sometimes “planned to do”  less crimes than what Kagame, Museveni, and Kabila have done and continue to do especially in DRC.  Why is there NO immediacy for the over 8 million now slaughtered in DRC, the 3 million gang raped in DRC (the few “lucky” ones are “repaired” by Dr. Mukwege) and the millions displaced in DRC???  The culprits, we ALL know them.  It is the trio Kagame, Museveni, and Kabila.  How many more must die and gang raped before they’re stopped?

Why does the Free World or why do the powers of the West continue to support Museveni, Kagame, and Kabila who have killed, together, millions of Congolese and Rwandans? The West knows that Congolese people will sell them their minerals, so why empower Kagame, Museveni, and their Trojan Horse Kabila to continue to kill, gang rape, and sell you the Congolese minerals tainted with the blood and the agony of savagely gang raped and mutilated Congolese women and tiny little girls of 2 years old??? Really, do these three mass killers have to remain in power???  Why, then, didn’t you let Adolf Hitler remain in power???  Just asking!!!

Let us be frank and blunt:  If these deaths, if these gang-raped women, if these children being hacked to death with machetes and hoes were WHITE, would the West still be going to the same people (Kagame, Museveni, and Kabila) responsible for these heinous and humans-shaming crimes begging them to stop their own crimes while still remaining in power and continuing to enrich themselves to the tune of billions of dollars?

Doesn’t or can’t the West understand that the reason why Kagame, Museveni, and now Kabila provide the UN with their soldiers, IN THE FIRST PLACE, so that the UN and the West can look the other way while the trio kill, rape, mutilate, and rob in the DRC?  We know one does not need a PhD in order to be able to make this elementary connection.

Back to Panzi Hospital and Dr. Denis Mukwege:

Dr. Mukwege (January 2, 2015): “…I believe that there have to be men and women of good will who can understand our appeal and who can convince themselves that this evil has lasted for far too long and that it has to be brought to an end!…”

Do you hear this appeal by Dr. Mukwege, you leaders of the Free World: Obama, Merkel, Cameron, Hollande, the European Union,…?


 Dr. Denis Mukwege in the United States Senate, Washington, D.C. (Photo cr.: Barbara Kinney/Eastern Congo Initiative)

Is the Free World (that has sincerely recognized the value of Dr. Mukwege to all of us humans) waiting until finally Kagame, Kabila, and Museveni kill him so that the UN and the EU can, then, construct a monument in his memory  – since they tried to kill him before – see also here and  here)??? This IS THE QUESTION!!!