President Mobuto Sese Seko
, less than a decade after coming to power, decided to nationalise or "Zairise" the country's natural re-sources.
He admits that he thought the ANC in power would better resemble the post-colonial government of Burkina Faso than that of Zaire's Mobuto Sese Seko
. He was to be a little disappointed.
Despite the political rhetoric that the Sudanese economy is recovering with the oil production increasing to about 140,000 barrels per day and with increase in gold export, the Sudanese pound is severely suffering and may end up like Zairian currency during the rule of former president Mobuto Sese Seko
. Although some circles in Khartoum seem to gamble to strangle the South by not allowing the export of its oil through Sudan, the experience of the last few months has proven to be suicidal.
Mobuto Sese Seko
held a small press conference probably reluctantly as was revealed during the proceedings.
Lukozi first fled the Congo during the rule of Mobuto Sese Seko
in 1996 when a devastating ethnic war erupted, forcing many Congolese into neighbouring Tanzania.
More than a decade ago, the World Bank itself, even as it called for more funding, admitted how poorly aid programs had been working: "While the former Zaire's Mobuto Sese Seko
was reportedly amassing one of the world's largest personal fortunes (invested, naturally, outside his own country), decades of large-scale foreign assistance left not a trace of progress.
According to a report in the Nation, they used their planes to transport diamond-mining equipment for a company that Robertson owned personally in partnership with the military ruler of Zaire, Mobuto Sese Seko
. The Virginia Office of Consumer Affairs concluded that Robertson "willfully induced contributions from the public through the use of misleading statements and other implications," using the nonprofit Operation Blessing as a front for his profit making ventures.
CONGO: In 1997, rebel leader Laurent Kabila drove the corrupt Mobuto Sese Seko
from power with the help of Rwanda and Uganda, but Kabila quickly turned repressive like his predecessor.
President Kabila, who overthrew veteran dictator Mobuto Sese Seko
in May 1997 with the aid of Rwanda and Uganda, has accused those former allies of fomenting the three-week old rebellion.