Galvanic guitar pop soon found its way to Kenya, where Congolese musicians often toured; Orchestra Super Mazembe, which enjoyed an international hit with the gorgeous nine-minute Shauri Yako, was a 'Kenyan' band whose members were entirely Zairean
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.
Almost all Zaireans
and foreign observers agree that a major source of the country's economic and social crisis is the extensive corruption cultivated during three decades of misrule by Mobutu and his closest cronies.
Thus a formulation like the following strikes me as out of tune with the careful narrative-epistemological strategies of the first and second parts: "First, it is wrong to assume that the Zairean
Sam Kiley, under the headline, 'Mining giants sign $3bn-a-year deals with Zairean
rebel', writes: "Mining multinationals have signed billion-dollar deals for mineral rights with Laurent Kabila, Zaire's rebel leader to get ahead in what is being billed as 'the second scramble for Africa'.
While he is finding solace from the splendid views offered by his various European properties, ethnic fighting continues in eastern Zaire pitting local Tutsis, the 'Banyamulenge', against Hutu refugees and the Zairean
army (FAZ) provoking widespread fear that a repeat of the Rwandan bloodshed only two years ago is imminent.
The book is crowded with stories (the account of the Zairean
air force, pp.
It must be joking -- since when did Washington lift a finger, during years of suffering by ordinary Zaireans
, to demand observance of these principles by Mobutu?"
While those supply routes remain blocked, refugees - desperate Zaireans
and demoralised soldiers in Zaire's ragged army - roam blindly over the eastern province of this huge country.
Although this does not help the case for the return of Rwandan property now languishing in Zaire, some Zaireans
are taking this several steps further.
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."