Dr Dennis Mukwuege resigned from special Commission for fighting Covid-19 in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo but promised his intellectual contribution in the fight against the pandemic in the province of South Kivu.
He said in a resignation note publicised on Wednesday, June 10 that lack of laboratories for testing the virus had frustrated the team’s work. He regretted the team waited for more than two weeks to receive results of samples sent to the national biomedical research institute in Kinshasa.
“Loosening of prevention measures by our population, a denial of reality, the impossibility of enforcing restrictions, the porosity of our borders with the massive return of thousands of compatriots from neighbouring countries without having been quarantined, have decreased the effectiveness of our strategy.”
His resignation went viral in social media and he was alleged to have declared, “I cannot in any case dirty my Nobel Peace Prize for money, we had been ordered to declare any illness and death to be COVID-19. In addition, the thing that displeased me is that after more than 100 samples none came out positive, I have a career to protect and I am a Congolese by blood. Getting rich by lying is a sin before God, I quit.”
Before his resignation on June 10, 2020, the Democratic Republic of Congo had recorded 96 deaths due to the coronavirus. The country has also recorded 4,390 positive cases and 565 recoveries according to the Health ministry.
Dr Denis Mukwege is a Congolese gynaecologist and pentecostal pastor. He earned a Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 alongside Iraqi Yazidi activist Nadia Murad for campaigns against sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.
There is hope for Africa in Mukwege’s example. African’s must learn to quit position especially when one doesn’t want to associate oneself with bad examples and failure. Glorifying failure is one of the causes of Africa’s underdevelopment and poverty.