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Remembering Patrice Lumumba

On 17th January 1961, Patrice Lumumba the great fighter for Congo’s independence was tortured and then executed.

Western intelligence agencies particularly, America’s CIA and Britain’s MI6 conspired with Belgium, the former colonizer of the country and local traitors to overthrow and assassinate Lumumba. This anti-colonial hero was only 35 years old and could have continued to play a very important role in the post-independence progress of his country and Africa. As the leader of the Congolese National Movement, Lumumba was chosen by the people to lead an independent Congo emerging from brutal colonial rule under Belgium. An estimated ten million people were killed during the barbaric colonial rule by this European power over Congo. Lumumba was determined to use the country’s natural resources, which had been subject to decades of colonial and imperialist exploitation, for the benefit of the Congolese people. This is what angered Western powers and they decided to eliminate him. The people of the Democratic of Republic Congo still languish in poverty despite the country’s enormous natural resources. Now 63 after the assassination of Lumumba, can this country rise and fulfill his dreams of prosperity for the nation and Africa?

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