Congo: A Certain Apprehension

Moise Tshombe was never very popular with his fellow Africans. He used white mercenaries to defend Katanga's secession from the Congo a few years ago. He showed little leniency to his enemies while in power, is widely believed to have been responsible for the death of Leftist Patrice Lumumba in 1961.

He took care to line his pockets while in office and was living nicely in Madrid when the Congo sentenced him to death in absentia for treason earlier this year. Yet last week, as Tshombe remained imprisoned in Algeria, in imminent danger of being shipped back to the Congo,...

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