Jean-Bedel Bokassa

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Bokassa, Jean-Bedel

 

Born Feb. 22, 1921, in Bobangi. Statesman of the Central African Republic; brigadier general (since December 1967).

From 1939 to 1962, Bokassa served in the French Army. In 1960 he was appointed chief of the military cabinet in the office of the president of the Central African Republic. Since 1964 he has been chief of the armed forces general staff. Since Jan. 1, 1966, he has been president of the republic and head of government. He simultaneously holds (1970) the positions of minister of national defense, minister of information, and chief of the armed forces general staff and is head of the party Movement for Social Evolution in Black Africa. In July 1970 he made an official visit to the USSR.

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21) Based on its preoccupation with the liberation of the rest of Africa from colonialism, respect for state sovereignty and the right to external self-determination, the OAU failed to condemn, much less to intervene in the Burundi massacres of 1972 and 1973, where thousands of Hutu lost their lives, and the repressive Idi Amin regime in Uganda and the Central African Republic's repressive government under Jean-Bedel Bokasa between 1966 and 1979 was outrageous.
15) Although there was much rhetoric about national unity by many African heads of state--such as post-independence leaders Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya, Idi Amin of Uganda, self-styled Emperor Bokasa of Central Africa, Mobutu Sese Seko of the former Zaire, and Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe--in practice the domineering and coercive machinery of the colonial state was often replicated, with little tolerance for alternative views and dissent.
A new self-styled emperor appeared in Central Africa many years later when Bokasa declared himself emperor because he was fascinated by Napoleon and wanted to become like him.
Also humorously sinister is the fact that Giscard kept for himself the diamonds of Bokasa (a deposed "emperor" of some Central African country) when he was president of France; the diamonds should have gone to the treasury of the country.
Las necesidades de su economia se convertiran en articulo de fe, gracias a un programa elaborado por el senor Giscard d'Estaing, que solo se inclinaba ante los diamantes regalo del senor Bokasa cuando presidia a la Republica Centroafricana.
La propaganda occidental se valia de el, como de otro personaje indeseable, (Jean Bedel) Bokasa, para desprestigiar las ansias de los africanos de independencia y libertad".