In Angola, we had fought for 15 years against the mercenary gangs organized by the United States on tribal bases, the Mobutu government
, and the well-armed and trained racist apartheid army.
At the same rime that the Mobutu government
was trying to create an image of a single national identity (Zairian), it was also insisting on the importance of the more than 350 ethnic groups that made up the national cultural landscape.
Despite the local conditions caused bv the influx of Hutu from Rwanda, the Mobutu government
, some Kivu politicians and administrators and some Congolese military officers, in particular, made common cause with the Hutu.
Despite the local conditions engendered by the influx of Hum from Rwanda, the Mobutu government
, some Kivu politicians and administrators, and some Congolese military officers in particular, made common cause with the Hutu.
The World Bank and IMF cut all support to the country around 10 years ago when the Mobutu government
stopped making debt repayments.
The actions of and interactions among the Mobutu government
, the Zairian armed forces, the opposition Alliance of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Congo-Zaire (AFDL) headed by Laurent Kabila, businesses, and African and Western powers are subsequently discussed.
as having a charitable intent: Under an agreement with the Mobutu government
, a portion of the company's profits -- had there been any -- were to be plowed back into humanitarian projects in Zaire.