Patrice Lumumba, The Sacrifice of a True African Leader


Patrice Lumumba (2 July 1925 – 17 January 1961), the first legally elected Prime Minister of the Congo Republic was murdered by a CIA- sponsored plot, over 50 years ago.

We must move forward, striking out tirelessly against imperialism. From all over the world we have to learn lessons which events afford. Lumumba's murder should be a lesson for all of us”. — Che Guevara, 1964.

“Dead, living, free, or in prison on the orders of the colonialists, it is not I who counts. It is the Congo, it is our people for whom independence has been transformed into a cage where we are regarded from the outside…” — Patrice Lumumba, October 1960.

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"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Lumumba was a strong African revolutionary leader whose Pan-Africanist vision of a united Congo gained him many enemies from the outside world. Like Kwame Nkrumah, Lumumba sought for a country where the numerous resources of the Congo will benefit not only the Congo but the African people as a whole. In his famous first ever independence speech, a newly elected Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba who had not been scheduled to speak, stood up and made this speech (30th June 1960):

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"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>With this speech, it was said that he signed his death warrant. >From the very first day, the West especially the American and the Belgian governments started to sabotage Lumumba's government and sought the immediate removal of Lumumba all cost.

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"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>"Today, it is impossible to touch down at the (far from modernized) airport of Lubumbashi in the south of the DR Congo without a shiver of recollection of the haunting photographs, taken of Lumumba there shortly before his assassination, and after beatings, torture and a long, long flight in custody across the vast country which he so loved". — Victoria Brittain, The Guardian, 2011.

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"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>In his book, “In Search of Enemies: A CIA Story” John Stockwell (1978), revealed that a CIA officer in Elizabethville was in direct touch with Lumumba's killers the night he was assassinated. Later, another CIA agent admitted to have had the body in the trunk of his car to try and get rid of it (p. 105) This leaked cable went on to state that Lumumba was first picked up from the airport by "all white guards", taken to the bush where his fate was decided and his body completely dissolved in acid, leaving no traces whatsoever. What a horrible way to eliminate the traces of such a hero!

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"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>“Somewhere in Katanga in the Congo- where and when we do not know- three of our brother freedom fighters have been done to death. They have been Patrice Lumumba, the Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo, Maurice Mpolo, the Minister in his government who was elected from Katanga Province and Joseph Okito the Vice-President of the Congolese Senate. About their end many things are uncertain, but one fact is crystal clear. They have been killed because the United Nations, whom Patrice Lumumba himself as Prime Minister had invited to the Congo to preserve law and order, not only failed to maintain that law and order, but also denied to the lawful Government of the Congo, all other means of self-protection.” Kwame Nkrumah, (Challenge of the Congo, page 129).

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"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>I believe what happened in Libya in 2011 goes to affirm the real agenda of the UN, as long as Africa is concerned.Just as it had always been, it is always the same for Africa. But who cares when an African leader is brutally murdered on the orders of Western agents? After all we are used to it.

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"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Complicity of the Belgian Government

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"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Under its own laws, Belgium was legally culpable for failing to prevent the assassination of the leader of a country where it had colonial ties. It was also in breach of its obligation (under U.N. Resolution 290 of 1949) to refrain from acts or threats "aimed at impairing the freedom, independence or integrity of another state.

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"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>In another book, “Congo Cables”, the author details many communications by local CIA Station Chief, Larry Devlin at the time who continually urged the total elimination of Lumumba as the only outcome the US government wanted to see (p. 53, 101, 129-133, 149-152, 158-159, 184-185, 195).

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"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>That notwithstanding, we the African generation of today, cannot sit aside and watch our history to be distorted nor completely buried for the sake of satisfying the wishes of the oppressor. Our revolutionary leader Patrice Lumumba has underlined that the history of the African people must be written. This history should not be the type that Brussels, Paris, Washington, the United Nations nor the corporate media will teach. Rather, Africa's history should be written by the African people and should be taught in all the countries emancipated from colonialism and its current puppets… a history of glory and dignity.

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"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Lumumba and his kind we fall short of today, but we will get there. –A message to the African youth.He is a true African hero who must be celebrated by the African people all over the world.

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"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>Long live the people of the Congo,

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line-height:150%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:
"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>1. "Patrice Lumumba: the most important assassination of the 20th century" available at:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/jan/17/patrice-lumumba-50th-anniversary-assassination

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"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>3. Patrice Lumumba, (1972) Lumumba Speaks: The Speeches and Writings of Patrice Lumumba, 1958–1961. Boston: Little, Brown and Company.

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"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>5. John Stockwell (1978), “In Search of Enemies: A CIA Story”. W.W. Norton.

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"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>7. Plan to poison Congo leader Patrice Lumumba (page 464). pdf copy available at:

http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB222/top06.pdf

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"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrice_Lumumba#Writings_by_Lumumba

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"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/26/AR2007062600861.html?hpid=topnews

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"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"”>http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/jan/17/lumumba-50th-anniversary-african-leaders-assassinations
 

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