Peter J. Duignan Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Stanford University’s Hoover Institution
Mvemba Phezo Dizolele, an independent journalist who has covered Congo’s war-torn Ituri and South Kivu provinces, is the Peter J. Duignan Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and the author of a forthcoming biography, “Mobutu: the Rise and Fall of the Leopard King” (Random House UK). His analyses have been published in the New York Times, Newsweek International, International Herald Tribune and other outlets and he has been a guest analyst on PBS’ NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria, BBC World News and more. A grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, he covered the 2006 historic elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo and produced Congo’s Bloody Coltan, a documentary report on the relation between the Congo conflict and the scramble for mineral resources. Visit him at Dizolele’s Eye on Africa, where this story first appeared, and contact him through Facebook, at Eye on Africa Dizolele.