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Vol 38 No 19

Published 26th September 1997


Congo-Kinshasa

Kabila takes on the UN

Mobutu's funeral was overshadowed by his successor's confrontation with the UN over missing refugees

Few Congolese cared much about the funeral of Mobutu Sese Seko, in a Catholic cemetery in Rabat, Morocco, on 13 September. He died of cancer, aged 66, but his era had already ended on 17 May, when he fled Kinshasa just ahead of the advancing troops of the Alliance des Forces Démocratiques pour la Libération du Congo-Zaïre (AFDL). The mourners included his businessmen sons Mande and Kongolo and the family spokesperson, Nzanga. The old dictator's death may make it harder for Laurent-Désiré Kabila's government to trace and reclaim the wealth he stole.

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