Doctor Kashala is a graduate of Harvard University and has held senior executive positions in the pharmaceutical industry. He previously took a leave of absence in order to campaign in the 2006 elections, after years of residence in the United States. Dr. Kashala has recently announced his candidacy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's upcoming Presidential elections which are currently scheduled to occur on November 28, 2011.
Oscar Kashala is a native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and is the National President of the Union for the Rebuilding of Congo (UREC), a political party registered with the DRC Government. UREC participated in the 2006 Elections in the DRC.
Oscar Kashala was born on August 4, 1954, in Lubumbashi, Haut-Katanga District, from Congolese parents. Son of a retired military sergeant in the Force Publique, the Congolese Army under Belgian colonization, Oscar Kashala was raised in an environment that focused on strict discipline, Christian faith, hard work, excellence in education and family values. He excelled as a student and as a boy scout.
Oscar Kashala graduated from Kinshasa University Medical School in 1980 with honors, and trained in internal medicine and pathology at the University of Kinshasa, then at the University of Lausanne and University of Geneva Medical Schools. In 1986, the World Health Organization (WHO/AFRO) awarded him a fellowship for medical oncology in Boston. Then he obtained a fellowship in cancer biology at Harvard University, Boston. This was followed by admission into a doctoral program in cancer biology and immunology in a combined degree program (Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology). He received a Doctor of Science degree from Harvard University in 1992.
In May 2006, thirty members of Kashala's security detail were accused of plotting to overthrow interim Congo president Joseph Kabila. Kashala and the international community dismissed the allegations as a blatant attempt by Kabila's administration to intimidate him.
Oscar Kashala is married to Prudence Kashala. They have raised a family of 8 children.
Dr. Kashala is the head of Asterko which is a holdings company that has many dealings around the world mainly for profit ventures.