He sold himself as an underdog in contrast to more sophisticated contemporaries such as Congo's first prime minister, Patrice Lumumba, and the country's first president, Joseph Kasavubu, both of whom Mobutu
Much of the economic growth in Pakistan has stalled because of our Mobutu
's and our Kabila's.
Berwouts argues the end of the Cold War and Mobutu
's departure in 1997 caused Congo's current disarray and frequent violence as societal institutions and networks were dismantled in a rush to democratization, as in contemporaneous Yugoslavia, while the autocratic rule at the top lost its patrons and was no longer able to suppress the fires of nationalist secession.
In the late '60s, inspired by Chairman Mao, President Mobutu
began propounding his authenticite campaign in earnest.
He applauds the Minister for progress made on the Doe Community Road project, which he inspected later after the Paynesville event.Earlier, Public Works Minister Mobutu
Nyenpan said the ELWA Junction to Coca Cola Corporation road project is 6.1 kilometer and will be implemented at an indicative cost of about US$11m.
The tensions between Belgium's roles as both plunderer and guardian are replicated in the colony and later in post-independence Zaire in struggles between the capital, Kinshasa, identified with Mobutu
, and the diverse cultures and regions within the country.
was no angel; while his people languished in poverty, he decorated his lavish jungle palace with Murano glass chandeliers, quaffed pink champagne and built a private airport that could land the Concorde.
Could we have gotten Mobutu
to move on by strictly working behind the scenes without going public?
As for previous political regime, I chose the two authoritarian leaders, because after the Independence, African countries were marked by internal struggles for power and Mathieu Kerekou in Benin and Mobutu
SeseSeko in DRC ended that period and introduced stability, if compared with previous period; they had an important role in state-building process and they succeed to maintain themselves in power until they were removed peacefully (Kerekou), or violently (Mobutu
This Belgium-UN-US supported coup brought to power Mobutu
Sese Seko, the infamously ruthless dictator more than willing to give his country's natural assets over to Western corporate control in exchange for his own financial gain.
Robertson might have condemned genocide on television, but off air, he carefully built a working relationship with Zairian dictator Mobutu
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