The objectives of MLECI:
- Fight against all forms of violence, exclusion and murder
- Working for peace
• In this context, we have translated the book of Glenn Paige "Nonkilling Global Political Science" in Kiswahili (a language common in East Africa) and have taught and distributed at Kigali (Rwanda), Cibitoke, Bujumbura, Makamba and Nyanza-Lac (Burundi), Bibokoboko, Baraka, Some, Mwayenga, Diné, Manga, Karamba, Kazimia, Yungu, Nguma, Talama, Kabumbe, Uvira, Bukavu, Kalehe , Kabare, Kamituga, Fizi, Shabunda, Kalima (DR Congo) and Kigoma (Tanzania).
• We created 12 nuclei (Peace Centre) through the territory of Fizi. These centers are peace groups of people who have the goal to live in peace, to resolve conflicts in the local community by peaceful means and that deals with settlement of any conflict between residents of the community or between groups.
We lead a Council of Elders for the maintenance of peace in Fizi.
• We chair a consortium of 21 organizations of Burundi (5), DR Congo (14, whose organization Peace and Conflict Resolution of Pastor Samuel Muderhwa), Rwanda (1), Tanzania (1). This consortium is affiliate of Center for Global Nonkilling (Honolulu, Hawaii).
• The consortium is currently in the process to research on people who have distinguished themselves in the dark days of the region to save lives, is conducting a study on obstacles to peace in the region.
About Bishop Mabwe Lucien and his work.
Mabwe Lucien, born in Kazimia (Fizi), April 22, 1956. Degree in History and graduated in Theology. Married with 5 children. Former Administrator of the Territory of Fizi (High Authority Policy). Ordained Bishop of the Pentecostal Assemblies of God churches in Congo in 2009.
Founder of the NGO MLECI (word of the language of Fizi with a sense of a mother who raises her son with love and care). MLECI work in the Province of South Kivu (Eastern of the DR of Congo).
History of Democratic Republic of Congo (from Wikipedia):
Located in Central Africa, it is the second largest country in Africa by area and the eleventh largest in the world. With a population of over 71 million, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the eighteenth most populous nation in the world, and the fourth most populous nation in Africa, as well as the most populous officially Francophone country.
It borders the Central African Republic and South Sudan to the north; Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi in the east; Zambia and Angola to the south; the Republic of the Congo, the Angolan exclave of Cabinda, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west; and is separated from Tanzania by Lake Tanganyika in the east. The country has access to the ocean through a 40-kilometre (25 mi) stretch of Atlantic coastline at Muanda and the roughly 9 km wide mouth of the Congo River which opens into the Gulf of Guinea.
The Second Congo War, beginning in 1998, devastated the country, involved seven foreign armies and is sometimes referred to as the "African World War". Despite the signing of peace accords in 2003, fighting continues in the east of the country. In eastern Congo, the prevalence of rape and other sexual violence is described as the worst in the world. The war is the world's deadliest conflict since World War II, killing 5.4 million people since 1998. The vast majority died from malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia and malnutrition.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo was formerly, in chronological order, the Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Congo-Léopoldville, Congo-Kinshasa, and Zaire (Zaïre in French). These former names are sometimes referred to, as unofficial names, with the exeption of Mobutu's discredited Zaire, along with various abreviations, such as, Congo, Congo-Kinshasa, DR Congo and DRC. Though it is located in the Central African UN subregion, the nation is also economically and regionally affiliated with Southern Africa as a member of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
Fizi is one of nine territories (administrative subdivisions - district) comprising the province of South Kivu in eastern DR Congo. Fizi is a vast and poor rural area of about 22 000 km2 for one million inhabitants. The capital of the Territory is also called Fizi (Centre). The city of Fizi is an important center of about 30,000 inhabitants which includes the administrative services of the Territory and some social infrastructure. The city of Fizi is within the territory of Fizi. It remained uninhabited for a long time due to incessant wars: from 1963 to 1968 because of the rebellion led by Désiré Kabila and from 1996 to 2002 because of the liberation war led by Kabila and the rebel pro-Rwandan RCD / Goma.
Note that in the Fizi that former President Kabila led a rebellion against the regime of late President Mobutu Sese Seko from 1963 to1979.
Fizi territory and the city of Fizi remained for a long battered by war. It is in the Fizi Territory where the phenomenon was born Mayi Mayi. The Mayi Mayi fighters are indigenous who use witchcraft and hide in the forest to lead the guerrilla.
We led the Fizi Territory as Administrator (First Policy Manager) from 2000 to 2003 during the war.