2 juil. La ville de Bruxelles, capitale de la Belgique et de l’Europe, compte de son livre L’Assassinat de Lumumba, révèle combien le sujet peut être. Le 14 septembre, le colonel Joseph Mobutu dirige un coup d’État qui est suivi par l’arrestation et l’assassinat de Lumumba. Des combats, entrecoupés de. Lumumba – popular, articulate and a hero of the anti-colonial struggle L’ Assassinat de Lumumba, Ludo de Witte, editions Karthala Paris.

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But within a lujumba a civil war erupted, provoked by the attempted secession of the copper-rich Katanga province, led by Moise Tshombe. A university named after him was established in Moscow and became a magnet for students from the third world.

Much is now known about this year-old mystery, but crucial information remains buried in Belgian government files, including the records of a secret Congo committee which met under the chairmanship of then prime minister, Gaston Eyskens.

His body was exhumed by a Belgian police commissioner, Gerard Soete, and dissolved in acid.

On January 17Lumumba, under arrest by Mobutu’s forces, was transferred to Katanga on a Sabena plane on the orders of Aspremont Lynden and the Belgian re minister, Pierre Wigny. Last month the government approved the creation of a parliamentary commission to investigate the episode, but its precise terms of reference have yet to be decided.

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Patrice Lumumba

After his death Lumumba became a powerful symbol of the anti-colonial struggle. He was assaulted in the presence of Belgian officers and tortured in a villa guarded by Belgian troops, before being shot by an execution squad supervised by a Belgian captain.

Evidence of direct Belgian government complicity in the execution of the Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba must be made public and those implicated questioned, a historian demanded yesterday. Lugo de Witte, a Flemish lumumbw on Africa, called for a parliamentary commission of inquiry to hear testimony under oath from former officials involved in the killing of one of Africa’s most charismatic post-colonial leaders.

Lumumba – popular, articulate and a hero of the anti-colonial struggle – was just 36 when he became the first prime minister of the inde pendent Congo in June These people must be questioned under oath, and if that can be done there will be many more revelations.

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But Mr De Witte’s research showed that by the time Lumumba luummba killed Washington had little ability to operate on the ground in Congo and had given way to Brussels. Tshombe recruited Belgian, French and South African mercenaries to fight the government.

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But he insisted he had later thrown them into the North Sea. Lumumba was deposed and an unknown colonel called Joseph-Desire Mobutu took control of country, which he renamed Zaire, and remained a faithful friend of the west until his overthrow in May His page book, just published in French, throws new light on one of the darkest chapters in Belgium’s long and rapacious relationship with Congo, and establishes clear state responsibility for a brutal political murder.

In a macabre twist, Mr Soete admitted on Belgian television last year that he had kept two of the victim’s teeth, prompting calls for their return to Congo. The United States saw the militant nationalist Lumumba as a communist sympathiser; CIA involvement in plans to kill him has been long established by senate assassjnat and declassified documents.

In his political testament, written in jail shortly before he was killed, he reflected: United Nations forces intervened in the biggest peacekeeping operation the UN had mounted since being founded, but they did little more than maintain the status quo.