The birds found warmth and comfort in its foliage. Those who fled the burning sun and those who had taken up residence there rested under its shade. Its fruits were succulent. Insolent and making fun of this tree and everything that made it beautiful, a wind rose, turned into a whirlwind, became a hurricane that lasted fifty years. He shook the tree, sent his fruit ‘’to walk’’ in the air, tore off all his leaves, carried his branches, and leaned it to one side. Like the beautiful tree of yesterday, which has become dry today, the ‘trigger’ of Africa had faded and now resembled a ‘bad guy’ who is called ‘Goodness’.
The Democratic Republic of Congo had lost its place in the concert of nations. Erosion cut off its roads and moved its provinces away from the other. The travelling river that they fed flowed over the country distributing diseases here and there. Unemployment was given to parents who lost their authority over their children; and the street took over. From north to south, politics took on the face of corruption. From east to west through the centre, the sound of boots and the cries of raped women filled the air with their echoes. And the trampled soldier couldn’t help it!
Then, one day, in the breeze that was kissing him, the tree said, ”Don’t kiss me, I’m no longer watchable and I have nothing to give you!” ”There’s everything in you that you need. Your beauty and potential are in you!” replied the breeze that enveloped him with his embrace, made him grow the leaves, made him bear fruit and made him straighten.
Prognosticated incompetent and puppet, the political group Lamuka and its followers through Adolphe Muzito and Martin Fayulu did not give him six months at the head of the DRC. However, after seven months, Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo is well on the top of the state. He reveals by his vision a new Democratic Republic of Congo that was reborn from the ashes. His momentum and energy are echoed in this sentence uttered during his recent address to the nation: “When you want to change things, you don’t expect to meet all the best conditions.” The old rehabilitated roads and the new ones built bring cities and provinces closer together. The medical system regains its credentials – Ebola loses its energy – due to Dr. Muyembe’s expertise. Free primary education gives parents breath and the street loses its bums; ”Education spending will rise from 8% to almost 20% in the new budget”. This reassures teachers. Politics become a burden and a responsibility to serve the people. From North to South, corruption takes off its survival dress for suicide. From east to west, the sounds of boots fade and the cries of the raped women stop. The Congolese president dreamed of this Congo and said it so well himself: ”I dream of a better Congo where our women are no longer raped every day. A Congo free of hatred and tribalism… and this Congo is possible!” This vision is bearing fruit. Canadian ambassador to the DRC, Nicolas Simard, finds that the accession of President Tshisekedi as head of the DRC brings “great international attention”. Antonio Guterres, head of the UN after his meeting with the Congolese head of state agrees: ”There is a wind of hope blowing over the DRC… a historic moment that could herald the development of democratic institutions.” French diplomat Jean-Pierre Lacroix told the UN Security Council: ”… There are now opportunities in the DRC for the country’s development… and for lasting peace not only in the DRC but also in the entire Central African region and even beyond that region.” The United States loves it. Belgium invites her to dance. France smooth-talks her. The United Kingdom winks at her. Japan is about to declare its inclination to her. Africa embraces her. Like a rose that opens to the world at sunrise, the DRC regains its seat at the concert of nations.
President Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo implicates all Congolese: “The real change begins with each and every one of us. We need to change and embody change wherever we are so that the country evolves… As small as the impact of the action you can take where you are, it remains important to achieve the goal: Change.