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The Assassination of Lumumba Patrice Lumumba first Prime Minister of the Republic of Congo and a pioneer of African unity was murdered on 17 January 1961 This publication unravels the appalling mass of lies hypocrisy and betrayals that have surrounded accounts of the assassination of Lumumba

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  1. says:

    Ludo de Witte's The Assassination of Lumumba is a slim but incredibly damning volume about the death of Patrice Lumumba the Congo's first independent president and victim of Western skulduggery at the height of the Cold War Journalist de Witte leaves no doubt of the Belgian government's complicity in Lumumba's death he was murdered while ostensibly in the care of UN peacekeepers showing that the orders to kill the dirty monkey came from the highest councils of government leaving only Katangan rebels to carry out the deed More controversially he asserts that the American government if not the CIA in particular and the United Nations were complicit in Lumumba's death condoning Belgian and Katangan misdeeds in the sake of order The book depicts Lumumba's last days his attempted escape heroic last stand and brutal demise in grim detail though it's less interested in probing either Lumumba's personality or Congolese aspirations than attacking the Western powers Even so an extremely powerful book that if nothing else demonstrates why it's been so hard for African nations to extricate themselves from colonialism's legacythe colonizers rigged the game hopelessly against them with conseuences reverberating decades later

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    Patrice Lumumba was a symbol for all that is despised by the Imperialistic West A nation that was as rich with resources as the Congo couldn't POSSIBLY be left to its own independence Lumumba was a people's leader He had the following of the masses He was an inspiration to not only the people of the Congo but to many around the world particularly in Africa during this time when many countries on the continent were throwing off the yoke of imperialism It can be said that with Lumumba's assassination that the period of African neo colonialism officially began This particular case of outright murder was a combined effort with Belgium French and American interests De Witte does an excellent job exposing this injustice for what it wasan attempt by the West to yet again meddle in the affairs of third world nations trying to maintain sovereignty and independence In this case they were successful Lumumba simply did not have enough time to prepare a solid nationalistic foundation in the Congo Brussels thought that they would have much longer to move out of the nation but realized that with the immense popularity of Lumumba that they would have to move much faster and would have to do so in a way that would place the blame on a few drunken Congolese enemies of Lumumba looking to stage a coup It was only with the writing of this book that opinions began to change In fact this book had such an impact that the Belgian Parliament ordered an official investigation into the murders of Lumumba and his 2 aides on that fateful day in January of 1961 We have yet to see justice done in the Congo and because of the meddling of the West Mobutu amassed a huge personal fortune while reducing his nation and his people to poverty at the gain of the West Lumumba is an inspiration to revolutionaries and anti imperialists throughout the world as he had the courage to stand up and become a martyr for his country and spit in the face of those who had no business being in his country after June 30 1960

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    If you want to learn about Patrice Lumumba the first prime minister of the newly independent Congo who was assassinated in 1961 as well as his struggle against Belgian colonialism and neo colonialism this is not the book for you Conspicuously absent here was Lumumba himself Imagine reading a book about Martin Luther King Jr that only barely touched on slavery the Civil Rights movement and any of his speeches Yeah The only real sense you get of the Lumumba the man is at the very end when the author uotes a letter he wrote to his wife from prisonOn the other hand if you are already familiar with Lumumba as well as Congo history and politics and you want a Pentagon Papers like take on his assassination this is the book for you Or if you are not intimidated by diving into a subject you are unfamiliar with this could be the book for you Such a reader Me might initially feel unmoored but if you stick with it you will pick up enough to infer the larger story looming in the background The focus of this work is narrow and straightforward as laid out in the introduction To prove that Belgium's leaders and to a lesser degree the United Nations and other Western powers including the United States are to blame for Lumumba's assassination and its subseuent coverup Belgium's official line had been to blame Lumumba's pro colonial African enemies for his murder and to insist Belgians wouldn't dream of interfering in Congo politics The author argues that the Belgians were interfering all along to get rid of Lumumba that indeed not only were they the puppet masters behind the curtain they actually played a direct role in his murderAnd in case you're interested here's the excerpt from the letter Lumumba wrote to his wife from prison History will one day have its say It will not be the history taught in the United Nations Washington Paris or Brussels however but the history taught in the countries that have rid themselves of colonialism and its puppets Africa will write its own history and both north and south of the Sahara it will be a history full of glory and dignityIt's enough to make me want to read about Lumumba the man Also recommended King Leopold's Ghost and All the Shah's Men

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    Patrice Lumumba was a charismatic commanding man with a revolutionary aura about him cut down before he was able to exercise power long enough for anybody to be sure how he would have reshaped the world but those who knew him and especially those who feared him had no doubt he was a world historical figure An example of this was during the ceremonial hand off of power from the Belgian colonial power to the newly independent Congo Lumumba the first elected Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo wasn't scheduled to speak but after hearing the Belgian king say that The independence of the Congo is the result of the undertaking conceived by the genius of King Leopold II he rose and declared During the 80 years of colonial rule we suffered so much that we cannot remove the scars of the memory We were forced into slave labor for wages that do not even allow us to eat enough to ward off hunger or to find housing or raise our children and loved ones who are We have suffered ironies insults and beatings just because we are black Who can forget the massacres of many of our brothers or the cells in which they have put those who do not submit to oppression and exploitation? Brothers this is the way our life has beenAlready considered dangerous Lumumba shook the foundations of the post colonial world and would have to be dealt with De Witte is preoccupied with the Belgian role in Lumumba’s fall and death; his book is an indictment of what he considers an unholy alliance led by the Belgian government acting through well paid Congolese stooges and enjoying the connivance of the American Central Intelligence Agency and the United NationsThe Assassination of Lumumba sparked a parliamentary inuiry in Brussels which concluded that Belgium bears a moral responsibility responsibility for the assassination It is not easy reading De Witte spares few details in describing the torture murder and corpse desecration that took place but has a real ring of truth

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    Lumumba should stand towering over the consciousness of liberal progressives everywhere Forget the starry eyed Guevara with his puerile Communist fantasizing agit prop Lumbumba is a hero unlike we've seen and the story of his killing should be known the world over the complicity of the United States Russia the UN and especially Belgium must be rememberedDe Witte's chronicalling is compelling an admixture of true crime and political drama De Witte situates the murder of Lumumba in the struggle of the Cold War the erosion of Empire and the ascent of the US through NATO and its attendant ultra violent phobia of the left

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    The best book I have ever readIt still resonates with meOne man had every group imaginable wanting him vanuished but to degrade him I the streets while he was technically in power is mind blowing

  7. says:

    liked it but i wanted to know about lumumba's life

  8. says:

    Ludo de Witte's The Assassination of Lumumba is an important if flawed book about a key episode in African decolonisation in the 1960s de Witte a sociologist uses the book to conclusively prove that the Belgian government was complicit in the murder of the Congo's first democratically elected leader because his philosophies did not suit their desire to retain a form of neo colonial control over the strategically important region of the Congo The book led to an inuiry by the Belgian government which ultimately confessed its involvement in this sordid affair In this sense the works' importance is self evidentDe Witte writes with passion and lends a speed to the narrative which causes the book to barrel along to the inevitable end of the first act Lumumba's death and the second the subseuent cover up However I freuently lost track of what was going on and who was where I came to the work with little pre existing knowledge of the 'Congo Crisis' of the early 1960s though with no short supply of will to understand it better and felt that at times the work got lost amid the baffling complexity of exactly what happened after Belgium granted independence in June 1960 There were an awful lot of names to keep track of and I confess that aside from some of the famous ones Tshombe Mobutu Lawrence Devlin and by the end of the book Albert Kalonji I found myself freuently forgetting who people were and which part of the fragmented Congo they were associated withSecondly there was an issue of uneual treatment that I freuently found confusing At the start of the book de Witte writes that Lumumba was not a saint just an ordinary person However at times the work reads almost like hagiography I was given the impression from the narrative that the Congo was a blank canvas on which the Western Powers and the UN gleefully scribbled When the actual Congolese people emerged it was as confused victims or their views were lumped in behind Lumumba's who was the authentic voice of the people in de Witte's mind There are serious problems with this sort of interpretationIf we put aside that what the Belgians did the Americans tried to do and the British and the UN allowed to happen the capture and murder of a democratically elected leader as abhorrent and shameful we must also take a serious look at the varieties of Congolese nationalism itself De Witte allows only Lumumba to be a 'nationalist' and refers to his supporters as such Tshombe the leader of Katanga is a western puppet as is Kalonji of South Kasai to a great extent This is a sloppy interpretation of anti colonial nationalism If de Witte is prepared to wax lyrical about Lumumba's interpretation of nationalism he must also take those arguments advanced by the secessionist parts of the Congo at face value rather than being blinded by the fact that these arguments were acceptable to the West You can't say Lumumba went to the Soviet Union and the UN as a strategy to get support rather than because he was a Communist and then not allow the same agency of Tshombe or Kalonji You can't say Lumumba represented the voice of the Congolese people without a serious consideration of why South Kasai and Katanga seceded in the first place beyond the fact that the West was helping them out Some actual Congolese people must have been dissatisfied with Lumumba All these arguments revolving around a basic understanding of how African nationalism worked after the Second World War kept leaping out at me and spoiling my enjoyment of the textIn conclusion then The Assassination of Lumumba is an important book which tells of western responses to African decolonisation in the 1960s and accrued some justice for the memory of Patrice Lumumba a man who whatever else he was was illegitimately deposed and brutally murdered with the complicity of his former colonial masters However the book is weakened by its almost hagiographic portrayal of Lumumba and its failure to consider any sort of indigenous alternative to him and his style of nationalism except Western directed neo colonial domination

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    Less a book and a lawyer's brief A tremendous amount of energy is reuired by the reader in order to stay with the details Often ten pages is spent on a single day But it helps to realize the author's intent This is the documentation with which de Witte hopes to convict Lumumba's assassins Rarely do we get such a minute by minute day by day presentation of how the first world actors with the complicity of third world actors guarantee the transition from colonialism to neo colonialism We could only hope that a hundred books like this one will document the active efforts of Europeans and the USA to strangle the hopes of the third world It is really up to the EuropeansUSAers to make such cases

  10. says:

    Excellent historical account of a great leader I found this book very interesting and the movie was great as well

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