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(The last picture of Patrice Lumumba) Patrice Lumumba was executed by a firing squad. His body, which was buried on the spot, was later dug up and dissolved in acid. The bones were ground up and scattered to the winds to make sure there was nothing left of him. The colonel who deposed Lumumba, Joseph Mobutu – later Mobutu Sese Seko – would rule the country despotically until 1997. – Photo: Horst Faas, AP .. For me the background in this picture is more than a hint... Its big fun for some.


April 24, 1990 President of Zaire Mobutu Sese Seko lifts a 20-year ban on opposition parties


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Mobutu Sese Seko Nkuku Ngbendu wa Za Banga 14 October 1930 – 7 September 1997), commonly known as Mobutu or Mobutu Sese Seko


Okapi - Democratic Republic of the Congo Zaire /zɑːˈɪər/, officially the Republic of Zaire (French: République du Zaïre; French pronunciation: ​[za.iʁ]), was the name of the state that existed between 27 October 1971 and 17 May 1997, currently named Democratic Republic of the Congo. Founded by Mobutu Sese Seko, the name of Zaire derives from the Portuguese word "zaire", itself an adaptation of the Kongo word nzere or nzadi ("river that swallows all rivers").


Mobutu Sese Seko - President of Zaire, seizure power in a military coup and renames the country Republic of Zaire (Belgian Congo) and himself Mobutu Sese Seko (Joseph-Desiré Mobutu) Infamous for looting his country to the tune of billions of US dollars, has been described as the "archetypal African dictator."


Ali and Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire.


A British and a French mercenary (former paratrooper) with two "gendarmes katangais", early 1960's.

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14 Oct Congo dictator Joseph Desire Mobutu born

1977: Mobutu Sese Seko, previously Joseph Desire Mobutu, dictator and President of Zaire in France.


Mobutu Sese Seko -Congo (ex-Zaire).