Andy Mulumba to Sec. Kerry: Cause for Concern Due to the Upcoming Crisis
Related to the Election in the DRC
Posted by Enough Team <http://www.enoughproject.org/blogs/enough-team> on
Sep 19, 2016
<http://enoughproject.org/files/AndyMulumbaLetterToSecKerry.pdf> to view a
PDF version of the letter.*
Dear Secretary Kerry,
It is an honorable privilege to write this letter and an undeniable,
exciting feeling to say the least. First off, please allow me to properly
introduce myself. My name is Andy Mulumba. Born and raised in the
Democratic Republic of Congo, I spent some time in Montreal, Quebec at the
age of 12, and received my collegiate education at the University of
Eastern Michigan, graduating in Business Management in April 2013. This is
such a great highlight in my life and I cannot thank you enough for taking
the time to read this letter.
Currently, I am a free agent in the National Football League, having spent
the past three years with the Green Bay Packers and was originally picked
up by Kansas City earlier this year before getting released in the final
cuts. It is part of the business and I am hoping for a team to take a
chance on me in the next days, weeks or months to come. Hope is at the
basis of my belief and I truly am confident that things will turn around.
I have been a supporter of the Enough Project since my rookie year in 2013
(courtesy of Aaron Rodgers, who has also supported the organization), and
working with Enough has been a blessing to not only myself, but also to the
people seeking justice in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
My true intention today is to be a voice, as many others have been doing,
to denounce the crisis that has been tormenting many people in Congo. The
present regime run by President Kabila has been on the presidential seat
for far too long. The circumstances surrounding his political leadership
have become a liability to many candidates willing to run for presidency,
many people are wishing to speak their mind and there are way too many
families suffering from the injustice and unstoppable corruption.
I have never had a voice for this concern and probably don’t have enough
credibility to be involved in a political war, but would love to take this
opportunity of using my platform as a player in one of the most prestigious
leagues (NFL), to call upon your help for addressing the upcoming election
in Congo and the corruption surrounding it.
We (the Congolese people) are proud, we love our country, we love being
recognized internationally as one of the richest countries in natural
resources in the world. However, we may never be able to reach our full
potential or accomplish great milestones because of the current political
situation and corruption that is consistently increasing as the years of
President Kabila’s reign are still counting.
My position in this case is unequivocally similar as the one proposed by
Enough Project and the coalition fighting in this case with all of their
resources and effort. We need a strong international presence and effective
solutions to contain the mayhem that may follow this ousting of President
Kabila in the next upcoming election. Truly, I am not officially
representing the entire population of my country, but I will not be ashamed
or fearful of stating my position if it can help move towards a peaceful
country and organized elections, with the support of the international
world – most importantly the freedom of speech. My only desire is to
promote change as much as possible.
The Enough Project and its Raise Hope for Congo campaign has been
tremendously active in demanding that Congo has elections this year in
order to give a fair chance to the population of Congo. Although, it seems
impossible for the population to clearly state their position on who should
be in the presidential seat, fearing repercussion, threats, and
consequences that may affect their lives. Mr. Kerry, I please urge you to
understand how important this situation is for many of us. This could mean
a liberation of our people by the oppressive government. This could also
mean a new beginning with the proper support of the international community.
It is with great respect that I am writing this letter today, asking for
your help. You are in a position to have multiple aspects of this election
put in motion, such as targeted sanctions on Kabila’s inner circle, and
pressure the Congolese government to abide to the international pressure.
Honestly, Mr. Secretary Kerry, I deeply hope that you can find time to
delegate the right people in helping out with this situation that has been
lingering for years and creating chaos for millions of people wishing for a
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