Congo: Missing Person

It was either the inglorious end of one saga or the unpredictable start of another.

Where was Patrice Lumumba? According to some of his pals, he lay dead, victim of his jailers' bullets. But according to his jailers, he had got away, in a stolen black Ford, dodging the law which waited at every roadblock with Tommy guns and rifles.

If the Katangese were to be believed, it all began one dark night outside the little Katanga town of Mutshatsha, near the border of Portuguese Angola. There Lumumba and two of his former aides sat interned in a lonely farmhouse. The Ford...

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