Médard Mulangala Lwakabwanga has been a key member of the political opposition of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for the past two decades. Mulangala is President of the Union for a Republican Majority, the third largest political structure of the main Congolese opposition group. As Rapporteur of the National Assembly’s Committee on Economics and Finance, he has acted as the opposition’s lead spokesman on budgetary economic and investment policy.
A renowned political commentator on DRC affairs, the Great Lakes of Africa and the African continent, Mulangala joined the Africa Liberal Network in 2011 and was elected to its Executive Committee, where he serves as Vice President for the Central African region. In 2006 he was elected to the DRC National Assembly from Western Kasai Province as President of the Union pour la Majorité Républicaine (UMR), which he had founded the previous year.
Throughout his political career, Mulangala has been identified consistently with centrist and liberal views, first in opposition to the Mobutu regime and later to the governments of both Laurent and Joseph Kabila. He is a member of the Human Rights Committee of the Liberal International.