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

Democratically elected to lead the Mouvement National Congolais, the party he founded in 1958, Lumumba was at the centre of the country's growing popular defiance of the colonial rule of oppression imposed by Belgium. When, in June 1960, independence was finally won, his unscheduled speech at the official ceremonies in Kinshasa received a standing ovation and made him a hero to millions. Always a threat to those who sought to maintain a covert imperialist hand over the country, however, he became within months the victim of an insidious plot and was arrested and subsequently tortured and executed.

This book unravels the appalling mass of lies, hypocrisy and betrayals that have surrounded accounts of the assassination since it 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 analysed 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.

Book News Annotation:

Sociologist and writer De Witte details the story of how Patrice Lumumba, the first prime minister of the Republic of Congo, was murdered in January 1961, directly by the Belgian government and Congolese rebels, but with the indirect help of the US and United Nations. The original was published in Dutch as De Moord ap Lumumba by Editions Uitgeverij van Halewyck in 1999, but the English seems to have been translated from the French.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

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

Synopsis:

Lumumba was at the center of the country's popular defiance towards the relentless exploitation of its Belgian colonizer. When independence was finally won in June 1960, his unscheduled speech at the official ceremonies in Kinshasa, which described Belgian rule as 'a humiliating slavery imposed by brute force,' received a standing ovation and made him a hero to millions. Within months he was arrested, tortured and executed. This book unravels the appalling mass of lies and betrayals that have surrounded accounts of the murder. Employing an array of official sources as well as extensive personal testimony, it reveals a network of complicity ranging from the Belgian government, across the United Nations leadership, to the CIA. Chilling official memos which detail 'liquidation' and 'threats to national interests' are analyzed alongside macabre tales of the destruction of evidence, placing in stark and dignified contrast Lumumba's personal strength and his quest for African independence.

Synopsis:

Patrice Lumumba, the first prime minister of the Republic of the Congo and a pioneer of African unity, was at the centre of the country's popular defiance towards the relentless exploitation of its Belgian coloniser. Within months of independence being won he Patrice Lumumba was arrested, tortured and executed. "The Murder of Lumumba" reveals the appalling mass of lies that have surrounded the murder. Uncovering official sources and personal testimony, it reveals a network of complicity ranging from the Belgian government to the United Nations and the CIA.

About the Author

Ludo De Witte is a sociologist and a writer. He is author of the Dutch work Crisis in Kongo and has researched two broadcast television documentaries on Patrice Lumumba.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781859846186
Translator:
Wright, Ann
Translator:
Fenby, Renee
Translator:
Wright, Ann
Translator:
Fenby, Renee
Author:
Witte, Ludo de
Author:
Wright, Ann
Author:
Fenby, Renee
Author:
De Witte, Ludo
Author:
Witte, Ludo de
Publisher:
Verso
Location:
London
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Political
Subject:
History
Subject:
Congo.
Subject:
Civil War, 1960-1965
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
Biography-Political
Copyright:
Series Volume:
no. 1.
Publication Date:
20010911
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.4 x 1 in 1.23 lb

Related Subjects

Biography » Political
History and Social Science » Africa » Congo
History and Social Science » World History » Africa

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Product details 224 pages Verso - English 9781859846186 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Patrice Lumumba, first prime minister of the Republic of Congo and a pioneer of African unity, was murdered on January 17, 1961.
"Synopsis" by , Lumumba was at the center of the country's popular defiance towards the relentless exploitation of its Belgian colonizer. When independence was finally won in June 1960, his unscheduled speech at the official ceremonies in Kinshasa, which described Belgian rule as 'a humiliating slavery imposed by brute force,' received a standing ovation and made him a hero to millions. Within months he was arrested, tortured and executed. This book unravels the appalling mass of lies and betrayals that have surrounded accounts of the murder. Employing an array of official sources as well as extensive personal testimony, it reveals a network of complicity ranging from the Belgian government, across the United Nations leadership, to the CIA. Chilling official memos which detail 'liquidation' and 'threats to national interests' are analyzed alongside macabre tales of the destruction of evidence, placing in stark and dignified contrast Lumumba's personal strength and his quest for African independence.
"Synopsis" by , Patrice Lumumba, the first prime minister of the Republic of the Congo and a pioneer of African unity, was at the centre of the country's popular defiance towards the relentless exploitation of its Belgian coloniser. Within months of independence being won he Patrice Lumumba was arrested, tortured and executed. "The Murder of Lumumba" reveals the appalling mass of lies that have surrounded the murder. Uncovering official sources and personal testimony, it reveals a network of complicity ranging from the Belgian government to the United Nations and the CIA.
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