The primary function of the Zairean
economy since Mobutu came to power 32 years ago, has been to enrich the president and his cronies.
economy, according to the World Bank's own calculations, has now shrunk to the level it held in 1958 while the population is three times as large.
In 1990, the House of Lords (sitting as a court) held the minister who authorised the deportation of a Zairean
asylum-seeker in the teeth of a judge's order to be in contempt of court.
I was among the first group of journalists to make the tortuous 30 mile journey from the besieged east Zairean
town of Goma to the refugee camps.
told NCR they despaired of being able to end either the corruption impoverishing their lives or the endless political games in Kinshasa sapping their hopes.
24): the Zaireans
talk like Europeans about Zaireans
(P 69); within the play, "the idea of mediation and the risk of corruption were expressed dramatically by locating the most serious threat to the chief's power in the corruptness of the notables, his intermediaries" (P 282).
The primacy function of the Zairean
economy since Mobutu Sese Seko came to power 32 years ago, has been to enrich the president and his cronies.
dictator Mobutu Sese Seko, who was footing the bill for the whole shebang, wouldn't let any of the principals leave the country until the fight happened.
Census and voters' registration, initially scheduled for January 1997 in order that a referendum on a new constitution could be held in February, will probably be postponed: The crisis in eastern Zaire provoked and exacerbated the polemics of whether migrants of Rwandan origin, or even Rwandan-speaking Zaireans
, should be given or allowed to keep Zairean
A: Rebel Zaireans
of the Tutsi tribe, aided by the Tutsi governments in Rwanda and Burundi, are resisting a policy of "ethnic cleansing" by rival Hutus to throw them out of Zaire.
Though he aptly remarks that Zaireans
have almost as many different words for extortion as the Eskimos have for snow, the potentially fascinating analysis of African languages as indicators of political attitudes is another avenue that remains to be explored.
Michela Wrong finishes off her account about Lumumba's death by saying: "Whoever actually pulled the trigger, in the eyes of Lumumbists and many other Zaireans
, Mobutu always bore moral responsibility for Lumumba's murderer, with the Western powers playing the part of Iago, whispering their instructions from behind the scenes.