Antipas Mbusa

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Antipas Mbusa Nyamwisi
Foreign Minister
In office
February 2007 – October 2008
Succeeded by Alexis Thambwe Mwamba
Minister of Decentralization and Urban and Regional Planning
In office
26 October 2008 – 11 September 2011
Preceded by Denis Kalume Numbi
Personal details
Born (1959-11-15) November 15, 1959 (age 54)

Antipas Mbusa Nyamwisi (born November 15, 1959 in North Kivu) is a politician and former rebel leader in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He leads the Forces for Renewal political party and was Minister of Decentralization and Urban and Regional Planning until September 2011 when he resigned to run for President. He was previously the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2007 to 2008.

RCD leader[edit]

Mbusa's father fought with the Rally for Congolese Democracy (RCD) against the government of Laurent-Désiré Kabila in the Second Congo War. In 1999 he left the RCD with Wamba dia Wamba to form the RCD-Kisangani. Mbusa later took over the RCD-K from dia Wamba after they were driven from Kisangani by RCD-Goma, and renamed it RCD-K-Movement of Liberation or RCD-K-ML.

The RCD-K-ML was accorded 15 seats in the Transitional National Assembly and participated in the Transitional Government headed by Joseph Kabila, when Mbusa was Minister for Regional Cooperation.[1]

Mbusa stood in the 2006 presidential elections but decided to stand aside in favour of Joseph Kabila before the election.[2] He nonetheless won 96,503 votes, and his party won 26 seats in the simultaneous election to the National Assembly, and seven out of 108 seats in the subsequent indirect elections to the Senate.

Government minister[edit]

Forces for Renewal joined the government of Antoine Gizenga and Mbusa became Foreign Minister in February 2007. International experts have claimed that Nyamwisi still has private troops reporting directly to him [3] In the government of Prime Minister Adolphe Muzito, appointed on 26 October 2008, Mbusa was moved to the post of Minister of Decentralization and Urban and Regional Planning (Aménagement du territoire).[4] In September 2011 Mbusa quit to run for President. His ministry was dissolved.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 7TH ORDINARY SESSION OF THE ASSEMBLY OF THE AFRICAN UNION, African Union, 2006-07-17, accessed on 2007-02-11
  2. ^ Kabila Protest Shows Tensions in Congo's Regions, Reuters via GenocideWatch, 2006-07-24, accessed on 2007-02-11
  3. ^ ANTI-CORRUPTION CHALLENGES IN POST-ELECTION DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, Chatham House, 2007-01-01, accessed on 2007-02-11
  4. ^ "Publication de la liste des membres du nouveau gouvernement congolais", Pana (africanmanager.com), 27 October 2008 (French).
  5. ^ Alex Engwete (September 12, 2011). "Limited cabinet reshuffle". Retrieved 2011-11-21.