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Conflict has continued in eastern DRC for two decades, since “Africa's world war” following the overthrow of kleptocrat dictator Mobutu Sese Seko sucked in nine national armies and killed more than five million people. But recently violence has surged elsewhere, some of it in previously peaceful areas, ...
The spectacular corruption that typified many liberation-warriors-turned-authoritarians of Mugabe's generation was perhaps best exemplified by Mobutu Sese Seko of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which he renamed Zaire. He was believed to have embezzled billions of dollars in national funds.

It was (in)famously launched in a speech delivered by president Mobutu Sese Seko in 1976 in which he famously encouraged his civil servants to 'steal cleverly': If you want to steal, steal a little cleverly, in a nice way. Only if you steal so much as to become rich overnight, you will be caught. The speech ...
Oquaye as a dictator and comparing him to despots like Uganda's Idi Amin and the DR Congo's Mobutu Sese Seko. “I keep repeating that civil society should be interested in how the Speaker is conducting himself. It is so terrible… We have rules. As for listening to us, you listen, make your ruling and if we ...
The Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak, has accused the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Oquaye of being a threat to Ghana's democracy saying “Mobutu [Sese Seko] or even Idi Amin will not behave the way he is doing.” According to Muntaka, the Speaker has on several occasions refused to ...

Among his former clients were a series of U.S.-backed foreign dictators and military leaders, all now dead, including Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines, Mobutu Sese Seko in Zaire and Jonas Savimbi in Angola. Tony Podesta, a Democratic power broker who ran one of Washington's most successful ...
The Forrest Group has weathered independence, the regime of Mobutu Sese Seko, the coup of Laurent Kabila and the ongoing uncertainty under his son, current president, Joseph Kabila. Amnesty International has accused the group of illegally bulldozing, which the group denies (pdf), while a Wikileaks ...

To understand the original war, consider this outrageously oversimplified analogy. Imagine a giant house whose timbers are rotten. That was the Congolese state under Mobutu Sese Seko, the kleptocratic tyrant who ruled from 1965 to 1997. Next, imagine a cannonball that brings the house crashing down.
Back in the early 1990s, what was then Zaire was feeling its way towards life without strongman Mobutu Sese Seko, who ruled the country from 1965 to 1997. A transitional “High Council of the Republic” needed someone with moral authority and a reputation for independence to lead the process of drafting ...
He and forces he marshaled had a hand in the overthrow the repressive regimes of Mobutu Sese Seko Zaire (now DRC), Idi Amin's Uganda, and Amin's successor and Museveni's own predecessor: Prime Minister Milton Obote. Museveni's National Resistance Army took part in the rebellion against Obote ...
He pointed out that authoritarian regimes could be "either very good or very bad" at running economies, citing the example of Lee Kuan Yew, the founding prime minister of Singapore who turned the small island state into a thriving economy, and Mobutu Sese Seko, the former president and dictator of Zaire ...
His father succeeded the notorious Mobutu Sese Seko, driven out in 1997. There is some thought, at least in Africa, with Zimbabwe's Robert G. Mugabe and South Africa's Jacob Zuma having been forced out in recent months, that Mr. Kabila will be the next to go in a major African country. There is no ...
Zaire takes its title from the former name of Rychus' country of descent - the Democratic Republic of Congo. Former president Laurent Desire Kabila changed the name in 1997 after overthrowing Mobutu Sese Seko. Explaining the rationale behind the name, he said: “Currently the country is like a war zone.


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