Mobutu sese sekos body to be returned to democratic. Mobutu s zaire was also the distressing model for novelist v. The rise and fall of mobuto sese seko the corrupt ruler of zaire who robbed his country blind, plunging his own people into misery, poverty and despair. The period is sometimes referred to as the second congolese republic. Josephdesire mobutu, who changed his name in the 1970s to mobutu sese seko kuku ngabu wa za banga meaning allpowerful, invincible warrior who strides from victory to victory, leaving behind ruin in bantu is a key figure in congos modern history. During the congo crisis, mobutu, serving as chief of staff of the army and supported by belgium and the united states, deposed. President mobutu sese seko of zaire on thursday 1912 urged opposition leaders to work with him to establish within 48 hours a crisis government to deal with a rebel incursion in eastern zaire. The country was known as zaire for much of his rule mobutu is commonly known as mobutu or mobutu sese seko. For a long time, mobutu was zaire, the master practitioner of the political alchemy that turns a. Mobutu, roi du zaire is a 1999 documentary film about mobutu sese seko, the longtime president of zaire now known as the democratic republic of the congo. In 1970 his majesty king baudouin of the belgians made a highly successful state visit to kinshasa. Zaire mobutu leaves for talks with kabila duration.
The last of the negro kings, mobutu sese seko was the oldest and most unfaltering of african despots. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. Rabat reuter mobutu sese seko, ousted as president of zaire in may after three decades of near absolute power, has died in exile in morocco after losing a long battle with prostate cancer. Mobutus second coup, on november 24, 1965, occurred in circumstances strikingly similar to those that had led to the firsta struggle for power between the incumbent president, kasavubu, and his prime minister, this time tshombe. Mobutu synonyms, mobutu pronunciation, mobutu translation, english dictionary definition of mobutu. Mar 18, 2020 mobutu sese seko, president of zaire now the democratic republic of the congo who seized power in a 1965 coup and ruled for some 32 years before being ousted in a rebellion in 1997. Having come to power with the 1965 coup he imposed a peace founded on fear, violence and the repression on his people. Tshisekedi considered the move inflationary and called on shopkeepers to refuse to accept the banknotes. A machiavellian monarch, often portrayed as diabolical, the zairian president was one of the last dictators born from the cold war and from decolonisation. Oct 25, 20 mobutu changed the countrys name to zaire in 1971.
Mobutus coup saw to the removal of kasavubu and tshombe, and mobutu. Zairian president mobutu sese seko boarded a plane in southern france for what his spokesman said was a return journey to his wartorn nation. Mobutu, king of zaire synopsis this film is the result of more than two years of work tracking down archive material and witnesses close to mobutu in africa, europe and the u. Mobutu, king of zaire is a 1999 documentary film about mobutu sese seko, the longtime president of zaire awardsedit. Mobutu sese seko kuku ngbendu wa za banga born josephdesire mobutu. Mobutu definition of mobutu by the free dictionary. Mention of honor in seen by africa on 1999 montreal canada. In 1971 the country and even the huge congo river were renamed zaire by former president sese seko mobutu. Mobutu sese seko nkuku ngbendu nintendo klatu verata nikto ali ababwa manga wa za banga, or mobooty for short, a name which means, the allpowerful warrior who, through his ridiculous hat and glasses, goes from conquest to conquest leaving embittered starving africans in his wake, was the leader of the african nation now known as the democratic republic of the.
The ballyhoo for the fight of the century has made the proud presidents country an international household wordthough a frequently mispronounced one zeyeear. Zaire was established following mobutu s seizure of power in a military coup in 1965, following five years of political upheaval following independence known as the congo crisis. Among the 104 hours selected as the basis for this film, are 30 hours of archives recently discovered in kinshasa and never before released. Mobutu autodeclarouse presidente por cinco anos e em 1970 consolidou o seu poder ao ser eleito presidente sem oposicao. Mobutu sese seko uncyclopedia, the contentfree encyclopedia. The ultimate african king, joseph desire mobutu was one of the oldest, most tenacious dictators that came to power as a result of the cold war and decolonisation. Kasavubu ousted in coup led by joseph mobutu, who renames country zaire. Drawing upon 140 hours of rare archival material found in kinshasa, and 50 hours of interviews with those once close to him, mobutu, king of zaire tells the story of the man at the heart of central africas postcolonial history.
Well refund your credit card or we can credit your fandango account to use for another movie. Find mobutu, king of zaire mobutu, roi du zaire nonusa format, pal, reg. Hobbled by prostate cancer, the 66yearold leader, dressed in his trademark leopard skin hat and a navy blue suit, was seen for the first time in days as his entourage arrived at nices. Rather, it was a deteriorating society held together only by the ironfisted and corrupt rule of its dictator. This is the definitive visual record of the rise and fall of joseph desire mobutu, ruler of zaire the congo for over 30 years. Mobutu had ordered the fivemillionzaire notes to be printed to keep up with inflation. In his youth, he was a progressive journalist and associate of. Mobutus panicked flight into exile was merely the beginning of a humiliating end for a man whose almost constant presence at the front and center of the african political stage had turned him into one of the worlds most vainglorious leaders. This film is the result of more than two years of work tracking down archive material and witnesses close to mobutu in africa, europe and the u.
Democratic republic of the congo democratic republic of the congo mobutus regime. Mobutu sese sekos body to be returned to democratic republic. Jan 16, 2001 after several years of repeated rebellion in the north and east of the country, mobutu seized power in a coup detat in 1965. Mobutu sese seko kuku ngbendu wa za banga was a congolese politician and military. The late zairian president, mobutu sese seko ruled the country known nowadays as the democratic republic of congo from 1965 to 1997. Mobutu sese seko, president of zaire now the democratic republic of the congo who seized power in a 1965 coup and ruled for some 32 years before being ousted in a rebellion in 1997. Thiery michel takes an indepth look at the reign of mobutu sese seko. Josephdesire mobutu, who changed his name in the 1970s to mobutu sese seko kuku ngabu wa za banga meaning allpowerful. Carefully orchestrated publicity campaigns are nothing new to mobutus 23 million subjects. When mobutu sese seko, late president of zaire, was at the height of his powers, he decreed his citizens should no longer wear western jackets and ties. The politics of dance music in mobutus zaire by bob w.
Aug 30, 2000 when mobutu sese seko, late president of zaire, was at the height of his powers, he decreed his citizens should no longer wear western jackets and ties. Mobutu also owned houses in various countries in case things went sour back home. It was the mobutu regime that gave rise to the term kleptocracy rule by thieves. Em 1971 foi adoptado o novo nome do estado, com a proclamacao oficial da republica do zaire.
In 1997 general laurent kabila took control of zaire country and returned it to the name the democratic republic of the congo, which it held prior to 1971. For a long time, mobutu was zaire, the master practitioner of the political alchemy that turns a single personality into a national emblem. With raymond barre, jacques chirac, valery giscard destaing, mobutu sese seko. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Shows mobutu meeting patrice lumumba during negotiations for the congos independence in 1960. Mobutu, king of zaire times movie tickets fandango. A three part documentary depicting the life of this once powerful dictator. He is known for spreading the mobutism ideology in the country and for implying a mono party rule. Mobutu sese seko simple english wikipedia, the free. Zaire had a strongly centralist constitution, and foreign assets were nationalized. As part of a great return to african values, the population must adopt the abacost a collarless jacket worn with a cravat whose complex folds seemed worthy of a regency dandy. Throughout his rule, mobutu swore that he would never be known as a former president, but only as the late president. Dec 14, 20 mobutu flees zaire in the end, he stole quietly away, not quite like a thief in the night but certainly without the noisy flourish that once trumpeted all the movements of mobutu sese seko. Here is the story of how i visited mr mobutu private home in switzerland and managed to buy mobutu s brandy and his own leather sofa all for a price that would make ikea look like armani.
Indeed, it would be hard to think of zaire under mobutu as a developing country. Mobutu sese seko kuku ngbendu wa za banga alikuwa kiongozi wa kijeshi dikteta huko zaire. Naipauls a bend in the river 1979, a chilling account of life in an african dictatorship. Ally by william pascoe iii oct 27, 20 beyond the storm. His regime had little success in establishing the conditions needed for economic growth and development. President reagans meetings with president mobutu of zaire on december 9, 1986 duration. An african horror story observers search for a suitable analogythe next bosnia, another somaliato the shaky, predatory despotism of mobutu sese seko kuku wa za banga bill berkeley. The country was a oneparty totalitarian dictatorship, run by mobutu sese seko and his ruling popular movement of the revolution party. King of zaire mobutu, roi du zaire mobutu, king of zaire mobutu, roi du zaire mobutu format. A three part documentary depicting the life of this once powerful. While in office, he formed an authoritarian regime. The country was known as zaire for much of his rule. Mke wake wa kwanza marieantoinette mobutu, alifariki kwa ugonjwa wa moyo mwaka 22 october 1977 genolier, switzerland akiwa na umri wa miaka 36.
More than 950 hours of footage have been seen by the world. Mobutu definition at, a free online dictionary with pronunciation, synonyms and translation. Having held zaire together for 31 years, mobutu was chased from power in may after a sevenmonth rebellion led by a lifelong opponent, laurent desire kabila. In november 1965, with help from the cia, mobutu seizes power from kasavubu and renames the country zaire. Mobutu is commonly known as mobutu or mobutu sese seko. Includes footage of mobutu s coup in 1965, of lumumba in captivity with mobutu looking on, and of the ensuing fouryear civil war. With the help of the cia, mobutu launched a coup d etat and seized power in the former belgian congo. Here is the story of how i visited mr mobutu private home in switzerland and managed to buy mobutus brandy and his own leather sofa all for a price that would make ikea look like armani.
Includes footage of mobutus coup in 1965, of lumumba in captivity with mobutu looking on, and of the ensuing fouryear civil war. Mobutu, king of zaire 1999 the movie database tmdb. France, mobutus close ally until the bitter end refused to give him asylum. Beset by failing health and fastapproaching rebels, zaires 66yearold president fled kinshasa last week, meekly abandoning the capital of the country.992 1328 572 799 589 505 1229 1377 1413 279 1614 1159 1543 241 1298 629 1075 63 262 22 1164 936 432 799 1249 666 192 1027 1017 1154 190 406 88