Who is Africa’s greatest enemy? The same people who readily grant her loans with a lot of strings attached?……
Not everyone will agree, but Africa has had the best leaders Africa can ever dream of. To the esoteric few who know the real story behind the cover ups in the media, we can proudly mention Muammar Gaddafi as one of the best revolutionists ever to rule an African country. Take a detailed look at Libya during Gaddafi and Libya after Gaddafi. He (Gaddafi) was championing a vision to build Africa its own central bank, where our currency will be backed by our own natural resources. Those who were behind his assassination (you and I know), saw the threat, and killed him.
Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar Gaddafi. (Born: June 7, 1942…Died: October 20, 2011)
Patrice Lumumba, a name a lot of Young Africans have not heard of, or probably don’t know ever existed, is what our light will shed on.
Patrice Lumumba, the first legally elected prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was assassinated 50 years ago. DR Congo, is extremely rich in natural resources. This heinous crime was a culmination of two inter-related assassination plots by American and Belgian governments, which used Congolese accomplices and a Belgian execution squad to carry out the deed.
Patrice Émery Lumumba. (Born: July 2, 1925…Assassinated: January 17, 1961)
Ludo De Witte, the Belgian author of the best book on this crime, qualifies it as “the most important assassination of the 20th century”. The assassination’s historical importance lies in a multitude of factors, the most pertinent being the global context in which it took place, its impact on Congolese politics since then and Lumumba’s overall legacy as a nationalist leader.
For 126 years, the United States and Belgium have played key roles in shaping Congo’s destiny. In April 1884, seven months before the Berlin Congress, the United States became the first country in the world to recognise the claims of King Leopold II of the Belgians to the territories of the Congo Basin.
When the atrocities related to brutal economic exploitation in Leopold’s Congo Free State resulted in millions of fatalities, the United States joined other world powers to force Belgium to take over the country as a regular colony. And it was during the colonial period that the US acquired a strategic stake in the enormous natural wealth of the Congo, following its use of the uranium from Congolese mines to manufacture the first atomic weapons, the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs.
With the outbreak of the cold war, it was inevitable that the US and its western allies would not be prepared to let Africans have effective control over strategic raw materials, lest these fall in the hands of their enemies in the Soviet camp. It is in this regard that Patrice Lumumba’s determination to achieve genuine independence and to have full control over Congo’s resources in order to utilise them to improve the living conditions of our people was perceived as a threat to western interests. To fight him, the US and Belgium used all the tools and resources at their disposal, including the United Nations secretariat, under Dag Hammarskjöld and Ralph Bunche, to buy the support of Lumumba’s Congolese rivals , and hired killers.
In Congo, Lumumba’s assassination is rightly viewed as the country’s original sin. Coming less than seven months after independence (on 30 June, 1960), it was a stumbling block to the ideals of national unity, economic independence and pan-African solidarity that Lumumba had championed, as well as a shattering blow to the hopes of millions of Congolese for freedom and material prosperity.
More importantly, the greatest legacy that Lumumba left for Congo is the ideal of national unity, which was cut short though. The African should know how their heroes died.
Martin Luther King Jnr had a dream, Ex late President Muammar Gaddafi had his, Patrice Lumumba had his, and the whole world knows Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah had a dream but the question which still remains in the heart of readers is, WAS DR KWAME NRUMAH ASSASINATED TOO?
Much credit to the Guardian.
Written by: N.O Bekoe