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Tuesday, June 6, 2017


Patrice Lumumba: The fight for his country's independence from Belgium generated hate and jealousy leading to his assassination by the Belgians and the CIA

Patrice Lumumba: The fight for his country's independence from Belgium generated hate and jealousy leading to his assassination by the Belgians and the CIA

Patrice Lumumba was the first prime minister of the Republic of Congo and a pioneer of African unity. He was murdered on January 17, 1961.

Democratically elected to lead the Mouvement National Congolais, the party he founded in 1958, Lumumba was at the center of the country's growing popular defiance of the colonial rule of oppression imposed by Belgium. 

In June 1960, when independence was finally won, his unscheduled speech at the official ceremonies in Kinshasa received a standing ovation and made him a hero to millions. 

A threat always to those who sought to maintain a covert imperialist hand over the country, within months he became a victim of an insidious plot. He was arrested and subsequently tortured and executed.

Ludo De Witte's book, 'Tha Assassination of Lumumba' unravels the appalling mass of lies, hypocrisy, and betrayals that have surrounded accounts of the assassination since its perpetration. 

Making use of a huge array of official sources as well as personal testimony from many of those in the Congo at the time, Ludo De Witte reveals a network of complicity ranging from the Belgian government to the CIA. 

Chilling official memos which detail 'liquidation' and 'threats to national interests' are analyzed alongside macabre tales of the destruction of evidence, putting Patrice Lumumba's personal strength and his dignified quest for African unity in stark contrast with one of the murkiest episodes in twentieth-century politics.

The disposal of the body of Patrice Lumumba

The bodies of Lumumba, Mpolo, and Okito were not to stay in their new grave in Kasenga for long. A definitive solution was planned over the next two days. 

Early in the afternoon of January 21, two Europeans in uniform and a few black assistants left for Kasenga in a lorry belonging to the public works department, containing road signs, geometrical instruments, two demijohns filled with sulphuric acid, an empty 200-litre petrol barrel, and a hacksaw. 

According to Brassinne, all the equipment was provided by the public works department and Verscheure and Belina, also confirmed that the sulphuric acid came from the Union Miniere. 

On their arrival, they unloaded the road signs and theodolite to make passers-by think that they were doing a land survey. But they couldn't find the grave and had to stop searching at nightfall. 

Not until the evening of the next day did they find the grave and start their lugubrious task. The corpses were dug up, cut into pieces with knives and the hacksaw, then thrown into the barrel of sulphuric acid. 

The operation took hours and ended the next morning, on January 23. At first, the two Belgians dismembering the bodies wore masks over their mouths but took them off when they became uncomfortable. 

Their only protection against the stench was whiskey, so according to Brassinne, they got drunk. One of the black assistants spilled the acid on his foot and burned him badly. 

After this gruesome task, they discovered that they didn't have enough acid and only the bodies aren't completely consumed. According to Verscheure, the skulls were ground up, and the bones and teeth (the body parts neither acid nor fire couldn't destroy) were scattered on the way back. 

The same occurred with the ashes. Nothing was left of the three nationalist leaders. From 1961 till now, their remains, even the most minute traces of them were found.


Nkrumah dancing with the Queen Elizabeth II

Nkrumah dancing with the Queen Elizabeth II

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