May 17, 1997 |
He styled himself Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu wa za Banga, a name that means "the all-powerful warrior who because of his endurance and inflexible will to win will go from conquest to conquest leaving fire in his wake." But in the end, Africa's longest-serving dictator was powerless and conquered, his will broken by cancer and his claims to glory in shambles.
June 13, 1989 |
Armed raiders seized a truckload of 28 tons of copper, worth about $100,000, and escaped into neighboring Zaire, police said Monday.
June 30, 1989 |
President Bush on Thursday praised Zaire's President Mobutu Sese Seko for "setting the stage for national reconciliation" in neighboring Angola and vowed closer U.S.-Zaire economic ties. Bush agreed to encourage more U.S. investment in Zaire and lent his support to new loans it is seeking from the International Monetary Fund, the two leaders said after a two-hour White House session. It was the President's first White House meeting with an African head of state. Mobutu, speaking in French at the outdoor ceremony, said his meeting and lunch with Bush had been one of "warmth and friendship."
June 29, 1989 |
Zaire President Mobutu Sese Seko and President Bush promised closer economic ties between their two nations after two hours of private talks today at the White House. Bush, calling Mobutu "one of our most valued friends" in Africa, said he and the African leader exchanged paper work for a treaty to encourage greater U.S. investment there. He also said the United States supports Zaire's efforts to win new loans from the International Monetary Fund and praised its commitment to reform its economy.
August 24, 1986 |
If the growing catastrophe in South Africa is not enough illustration of the fragility of U.S. African policy, analysts might take a look at the remarkable career of the ambassador-designate from Zaire to Washington. Nguza Karl-I-Bond, President-for-Life Mobutu Sese Seko's new envoy to his staunchest ally, will surely be the only member of the diplomatic corps who has been condemned to death by a government he now represents.
December 5, 1987 |
A small plane carrying 12 Americans on a safari to photograph gorillas slammed into a mountainside in northwestern Rwanda, killing the tourists and their Kenyan pilot, officials said Friday. Some of the passengers screamed and frantically threw their belongings out of the plane as it careened out of control before crashing about 4 p.m. local time Thursday, according to witnesses quoted by Rwanda's government-owned radio.
September 12, 1992 |
Gunfire from mercenaries caused the plane crash that killed U.N. Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold in 1961 in Africa, two former U.N. officials said in a letter published Friday. The mercenaries were hired by Belgian, American and British mining companies that feared their business would be hurt by Hammarskjold's attempt to mediate a dispute in Zaire, a copper-rich former Belgian colony, according to the letter in The Guardian. The mercenaries were hired to intercept the U.N.
May 12, 1997 |
An aid mission to an area of eastern Zaire not visited by United Nations officials for weeks has discovered thousands of Rwandan Hutu refugees, many on the verge of death, U.N. officials said. Aid officials who traveled to Ubolo village distributed 26 tons of food before leaving with 468 refugees, mainly children. "We found about 5,000 to 6,000 refugees near a village [51 miles] south of Kisangani," said Julian Fleet, a U.N. refugee agency official who led the mission.