Patrice Lumumba: The living legacy of an important African Figure

Born on 2 July 1925, Patrice Émery Lumumba was a Congolese politician and leader of independence who served from June to September 1960 as the first prime minister of the independent Democratic Republic of the Congo (then the Republic of the Congo). In the transformation of the Congo from a colony of Belgium into an independent country, he played a significant role. From 1958 until his assassination, he headed the Congolese National Movement (MNC) party, he is politically an African nationalist and pan-Africanist.

For decades, there was a lot of debate more about issue of how Patrice Lumumba, the first prime minister of the newly independent Democratic Republic of the Congo, died, and the issues involving of who killed him and why. The simple comment is that, on January 17, 1961, Lumumba was assassinated by a firing squad. It takes a longer discussion to understand just how he was killed, taking into account the political environment in the then Congo and the state of international relations at the time. The Prime Minister delivered an “impassioned speech” against the Belgian colonisation of his country on 30 June 1960, Independence Day. It was the spark that caused his “end”…..

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