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Vol 38 No 13

Published 20th June 1997


Congo-Kinshasa

Paid fighters – and their paymasters

We reveal new facts about the Mobutu regime's final, failed attempts to hire a mercenary army

As the regime of Mobutu Sese Seko tottered to its end, his generals were negotiating a rescue package with former South African military men. The President approved the plan, made by his last Premier and Defence Minister, General Likulia Bolongo, and the then army Chief of Staff, Gen. Kpama Baramoto Kata. Their counter-offensive would have involved over 500 heavily armed South African airmen and soldiers, many of whom had previously worked for the Pretoria- based Executive Outcomes (EO) in Angola and Sierra Leone.

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