Christian was ten years old when his father disappeared, fleeing ethnic reprisals after a political massacre in Lubumbashi. The family had relocated so Joseph could take a job repairing trains for the national transportation company. Christian and his family escaped back to Kinshasa by train and barge — a journey that lasted three months, due to the lack of infrastructure. Passengers died along the way from lack of food and water and generally unhealthy conditions. Later, the family was reunited with Joseph in a refugee camp in Swaziland, South Africa, where they lived in deplorable conditions for five years. The experience taught Christian empathy, hope, and resilience.
When the Malangas were selected for relocation to the United States, they were sponsored by a family in Utah, who met them at the Salt Lake City airport. The experience changed Christian’s life. He thrived at Highland High School, joined the JROTC program, participated in a local church, and started a series of small businesses. He even became the first black person to register as a car dealer in the state of Utah. By 2003, he was exporting goods and services to Angola, providing much-needed supplies after the war, and sending automobiles to the DRC. After traveling there in person, he decided to return home to Congo to share the benefits of his business knowledge with his people.
In 2006, President Malanga moved his own family back to Kinshasa. Having had the opportunity to grow up in Utah with resources most Congolese children never experienced, he chose to give back by opening an orphanage, which he still operates from afar. His businesses provided sufficient income to live comfortably, but he elected to join the military to serve his country. As captain and morale officer, he led 232 troops on a campaign against the Mai-Mai rebels. That is when he witnessed the colossal effects of government corruption, which limited his ability to protect the citizens from rebel violence, while his soldiers were so vastly underpaid they could not live honestly.
After his tour of duty, President Malanga continued his entrepreneurial ventures, including a water purification and bottling plant and several mining operations in the DRC. His financial success became a platform for his political career, which he launched in 2010. Frustrated with a lack of consensus among opposition leaders charged with choosing a presidential candidate, he turned his attention to parliament. Christian was arrested while campaigning, held for two weeks, and beaten and tortured until the Carter Foundation and representatives of the United Nations came to his rescue. He was offered a position as National Youth President under the current government, but declined.
Returning to the US in 2012, President Malanga devoted the subsequent years to founding and developing the United Congolese Party (UCP), and preparing to serve as President of DRC. With determination and tenacity, he has built a strong network among the Congolese diaspora in the United States, Europe and South Africa, and assembled an Executive Team to assist in writing the UCP Charter. During his time in Washington, DC, he has also garnered support from numerous Senators, Representatives, Former Ambassadors, lobbyists, academics, a US State attorney, and many other policy makers focused on Africa and the DRC.
As Kabila continued to stay in power past his constitutional term limit, President Malanga traveled to Europe to create a movement that would ensure that Kabila would not stay in power indefinitely. In 2016, with the help from the UK government, he provided his members with the opportunity for a case study in the Republic of Georgia. Mr. Malanga created a delegation of leaders who traveled to the Republic of Georgia for the African Leaders Programme, to learn how to fight against corruption, reform fiscal policy and tax systems, privatize state-owned enterprises, build a welfare system for those most in need, create a competitive education and healthcare system, and streamline procurement. The conference took place at the National Parliamentary Library of Georgia. The delegation worked with Georgian policy makers to strengthen the United Congolese Party’s economic plan.
Mr. Malanga has the full support of the Catholic Church. In 2016, Mr. Malanga brought his non-profit, The Voice of Congolese Women, to the Vatican for an empowering seminar. During this seminar, SHEROES United, a Utah based non-profit, provided mentorship for the women of Congo to help them learn, grow, and thrive as future leaders of Congolese society. Mr. Malanga believes women and children to be the heart of Congolese society and continually demonstrates this through his political agenda.
Mr. Malanga continued to gain support from the Catholic Church after his initial trip to Rome. On April 29th, 2017 at the Basilica, Vatican, in Rome, Italy, Mr. Malanga was knighted the Grand Cross by the order of Saint Paul and Peter. The Grand Cross knighting is reserved for heads of state only. The Archbishop of Congo and the Catholic Church have demonstrated full support in President Malanga’s vision to bring democracy to the New Zaire.
On May 17th 2017, the New Zaire was officially born when President Malanga created a government in exile in Brussels. The ceremony hosted dignitaries from Europe and the United States for the formation of the new government. This transitional government represented the people against the rogue state of the DRC. President Malanga and the New Zaire are equipped and willing to give the Congolese people back their voice and sovereignty.