Didier Mumengi was born in Kinshasa, May 23, 1962 (age 59). A self-taught historian and economist, journalist by training, trainer in management and education, he is a writer and politician. He began his journalistic career as a columnist in a college newspaper in Paris. Afterwards, he penned several articles in various French and Congolese journals, including “Le Monde diplomatique. “.
In 1997, in the government of Laurent Désiré Kabila, he became Chief of Staff at the Ministry of Information and the Press. Starting in 1998, he was Chief of Staff at the Ministry of International Cooperation. In June 1998, he was named by then-president Laurent Désiré Kabila to a post as Minister of Information and the Press, as well as, spokesperson of the Government. He then combined the positions of Minister of Information and Minister of Tourism. In 2001, he became the Youth Minister.
In 1998, when American Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright dubbed the war in the Congo the African World War One, that is the invasion of the Democratic Republic of the Congo by the armies of Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi, Mumengi boldly represented the congolese resistance, in military fatigues (cfr. Jason K. Stearns, Dancing in the glory of Monsters, The Collapse of the Congo and the great war of Africa. In his book Guerre des Grands Lacs, La résistance congolaise, the professor and international functionary at UNESCO Joseph Poto Poto noted : “When peace is restored, the Congolese will most certainly remember this tragic episode of history. One name among many others will force that memory, that of Didier Mumengi” (page 49).
In June 2004, he started the movement Ligue du peuple, a gathering of political parties, NGOs and associations, to accompany his presidential candidacy.
Mumengi was a candidate in the July 2006, Presidential Election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo : he was not, however, in the final list of official candidates.
In 2002, Mumengi began his career as a trainer in Development at CADICEC (Centre Chrétien d’Action pour Dirigeants et Cadres d’Entreprise au Congo). In 2006, he created his tailor-made professional consultancy and training company, Temps 9 sarl. In 2008, he became Chairman of the Board of Directors of the professional training center CADICEC.
In 2011, he was an evaluation consultant for the United Nations Evaluation Group at the United Nations Development Program, an expert in poverty and development.