Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Minembwe is for sure in the process of economic
Although the Banyamulenge society by in large did
not have a big issue of hunger and access to basic education as it is often the
case in many other African rural communities, we can however state that Mulenge
has always suffered  improved health, and
access to safe water, sanitation lack of roads not to mention basic civic
services that other communities enjoys. These any many more are definitely
inputs to economic growth and further development of any society.
One cannot fail to mention how Mulenge has never
been empowered with human capital, infrastructure, and core human rights
particularly for women, and children, mostly girls.
The sad reality is that although Mulenge has
contributed immensely in the national economic and human development of the
DRCongo, the DRC government through its extremist officials has always made
sure that Mulenge is never developed. It is well known that Mulenge produce a
lot of minerals, and beef that contribute to the economic growth of the region.
It should also be noted that the security force of the DRC government is
largely due to the strong and brave sons of Mulenge who occupies high military
and security rangs within the Congolese national force.
Although this has been a double sword for
Banyamulenge people. Nonetheless, the Congolese officials, dominated by
extremists have always managed to ensure that there will be no government
funded initiative for infrastructure, health, and better education widely
available in Mulenge since the independence. This did not change even when some
of the sons of  Mulenge such as Azarias
Ruberwa who was once the Vice President of the DRC, Bizima Karaha, who was once
the minister of foreigner affaires, Moise Nyarugabo who is still a Senator, not
to mention few who were ministers and under secretary in various ministries.
Despite the fact that these individuals ascended to power and had access to the
decision making institutions did so little if not nothing to uplift their
mother-land Mulenge from poverty and isolation.
What is even so sad and embarrassing is that all
the prominent Banyamulenge politicians have not even build their homes in their
own villages. But have built their houses in various capital cities in Africa.  In fact, until recently they rarely even
visited their motherland
But thank God things seem to be slowly changing.
There are few people now who are securing productive and decent employment
through personal initiative. Many people have started flowing into Minembwe for
many what seems to be mainly religious events. But in a way, this slowly promotes
economic growth, raise living standards, and increase technological
sophistication of Mulenge.
Recently, we learned that finally the Mulenge
political leaders are opening up their eyes and realized that they are the last
one to demonstrate their interest and actions for Mulenge development. As a
competitive act, they all came to symbolically lay their foundation stone in
Minembwe. It remains to be seen whether they will seriously follow through with
However, for those of you who hearts and minds are
for the development of Mulenge, these are some of the initiatives that you may
consider undertaking to develop our mother land:
The essential infrastructure services include:
  • Safe drinking water and basic sanitation.
  • A sustainably managed and conserved natural
    environment (we need more trees).
  • Farm inputs, including soil nutrients,
    reliable water for agriculture, and improved seed varieties, plus
    vaccines, veterinary pharmaceuticals, and feed and fodder for livestock.
  • Energy, including electricity and safe cooking
  • Paved roads and transport services that are safe
    and reliable, including motorized options.
  • Modern information and
    communications technology.
Further more, the following
should also not be left out:

Equal rights,
including reproductive rights, for women and girls.
  • Freedom from violence, especially for girls
    and women.
  • A political voice for every citizen, often
    through civil society organizations.
  • Equal access to public services.
Otherwise the
sad reality is that: in Mulenge, adults are dying of AIDS and tuberculosis,
without hope of treatment. Farmers toil but do not even produce enough food to
feed their families because most of them are old people. The entire youth
population has left the area.  In
Minembwe area, the soils were long ago depleted of nutrients, especially
nitrogen. The rains fail, and there is no backup irrigation.
We need a
concerted and much more coordinated effort for the development of Mulenge, not
just religious events that seem to be like a competition among religious


 Akim Muhoza

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