Wednesday, 14 December 2011


[opposition leader Tshisekedi, with infamous African kleptocrat and imperialist puppet - Mobutu]

The loser of the latest presidential election does not recognize his defeat. No wonder, when we take a look at this character’s journey…

1960-1980: pioneer of the Mobutu dictatorship

September 14, 1960: Mobutu’s first coup against the elected Prime Minister, Patrice Lumumba. He is a member of the College of Commissioners that replaces the Lumumba government, and is responsible for justice. It was under the political responsibility of this College of Commissioners that Lumumba is sent to Katanga to be murdered.

November 28, 1965: Second coup, which permanently installs the Mobutu dictatorship. Tshisekedi enters Mobutu’s government as First Minister of the Interior. As a member of the government, he is partly responsible for the bloody crackdown on supporters of Lumumba. He is involved in drafting the Nsele manifesto - the basic ideological text of the Popular Movement of the Revolution (MPR), the party through which, for three decades, Mobutu led the country.

1980-1996: love-hate relationship with Mobutu

After 20 years of dictatorship, Mobutu’s Western sponsors are starting to ask questions. During the wars of Katanga in 1976 and 1977, it appears that Mobutu cannot continue to rule the country by himself. His regime is saved by French troops. The German banker Blumenthal is sent to Zaire by the International Monetary Fund in order to scrutinize the finances of the state. His final report (1982) is favourable to Mobutu. The West starts to think about a successor to Mobutu, but, in the context of the Cold War, cannot afford for the dictator to be toppled. It was during this period that Tshisekedi left the MPR and founded his party, the UDPS. Tshisekedi is one of the leading figures of the opposition to Mobutu. But it turns out that it is a love-hate relationship. Tshisekedi acts as an adventurer who stands out from Mobutu, but seeks unity
with him when it serves him. During the period 1991-1996, he was appointed prime minister three times, while Mobutu remained as president. Meanwhile, the Zairian economy continues to collapse at an annual rate of 5%.

1996-2011: “Anything is better than Kabila”

This is a summary of nearly all Tshisekedi’s statements and political actions over the past 14 years. In late October 1996, at a time when, under the leadership of Laurent Kabila, the real opposition to the Mobutu regime is preparing for the final battle against the dictatorship, Tshisekedi ran with Mobutu. He said that the unity of the entire political class is now required around Mobutu. He used the war of aggression of Rwanda and Uganda against Congo as a way to isolate Kabila and to seek the formation of a national unity government. With the end of the war approaching, he even went to Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, to propose an alliance with Rwandan President Kagame and prevent the conclusion of an agreement in which Rwanda would take too little profit. This effort was in vain. During the period 2003-2006, Tshisekedi refused to participate in political life, because he wasn’t made Vice President. In 2006, he launched an appeal to boycott the referendum of the constitution and elections.

December 2011: Tshisekedi and the UDPS manipulated?

In recent days, hundreds of Congolese demonstrated in several European capitals, with slogans such as “Kabila must go! Tshisekedi to become president!”. Colette Braeckman (Le Soir) writes that, during the demonstrations in the Brussels neighborhood of Matonge, Congolese were present from London and Paris who had previously been involved in violent incidents against the Rwandan embassy. “One wonders if this is not an ‘invisible hand’ which, using the anger of members of the UDPS, is trying to force a second round in the elections. The purpose of this second round would be to force Kabila to incorporate the opposition, in the name of national reconciliation. This is not the strategy of Tshisekedi himself, who is convinced of his total victory.”

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