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Mobutu Sese Seko (1930-1997) was the Scourge of the Congo. He was a military officer who connived with the West to murder Congo’s first Prime Minister, Patrice Lumumba in 1961. He became a darling of the West following his role in the killing. Image
In a second coup in 1965, he overthrew the government of Congo and ruled the country until he was forced out in 1997. He governed with brutal arbitrariness as he changed the name of Congo to Zaire. He killed those who opposed him without blinking - a cold eye murderer.
When the going was good, the United States and Zaire now the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) led by Mobutu, challenged the Soviet Union’s influenced communism in the horn of Africa. Mobutu had access to American weapons and CIA’s intelligence reports on African states.
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