GILDED MANSION It was Amani party leader Musalia Mudavadi, not too long ago, who made the memorable observation that the late Mobutu
Sese Seko styled himself similarly as a hustler, an ordinary Joe.
Then, from his seizure of power in 1965 onward, the United States heavily supported the dictator Mobutu
The question that I ask from Maulana Fazl is: 'Is this Kingdom of Congo?' Does he want us to live our lives like the 80 million Congolese people who did nothing about their corrupt leaders Joseph Mobutu
and Joseph Kabila?
Vlah Nyenpan who informed the press that the tour was a normal routine aimed at ensuring that contractors live up to their individual contract terms.
Sese Seko's harsh autocratic 32-year rule continued the enslavement of the population and provided very little healthcare, education, or economic opportunity, much less political freedom under the one-party system.
Most famously, his tightrope tango with his country's ruler--the fearsome dictator Mobutu
Sese Seko--saw him alternate veiled criticism of the regime with outright paeans to Mobutu
Weah also mandated Public Works Minister Mobutu
Nyenpan to pave 'all feeder roads' in Montserrado County in addition to government's pronounced coastal road project.
Using extensive archival documentation from Belgium and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as well as interviews with many of the key players, Sarah Van Beurden explores how cultural objects, collected as ethnology or art, have been used for over a century to define and justify the Belgian colonial project, as well as in Mobutu
's promotion of Zaire and himself, and in the construction of the image of the Congo in the international arena.
That crisis began when the Ugandan and Rwandan armies invaded and toppled the aging dictator, Mobutu
Sese Seko -- and then invaded again two years later, with the aim of toppling Mobutu
's successor, Laurent-Desire Kabila.
In that case, Zaire was spiraling out of control, wracked by war, factional fighting and a leader, Mobutu
Sese Seko, in failing health and losing his grip in running the country.
Neopatrimonial regimes of Mobutu
SeseSeko and Mathieu Kerekou
Dictator's Gift Mobutu
Sese Seko was the other key figure.