ZAIRE: Mobutu: 'One Chief, Not Two'


For more than a decade, Mobutu Sese Seko, 45, has ruled Zaïre with style and forcefulness—a fact that his countrymen are seldom allowed to forget. Commonly referred to by his own government and press as Le Guide, Mobutu restored stability to the former Belgian Congo and unified its 100 tribes into a true nation after the bloody civil war of the 1960s. Since then, the shy, scholarly army commander has become a flamboyant, African cult figure whose rule sometimes seems akin to that of a god-chief. Mobutu's portrait, capped by the leopard-skin hat that has become his trademark, is everywhere...

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