DRC to create new city - Lumumbaville

2013-05-14 22:07
Patrice Lumumba

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Kinshasa - The Democratic Republic of Congo government is naming a town after Patrice Lumumba, the country's first prime minister whose assassination more than 50 years ago made him a liberation symbol worldwide.

The new city in central DRC, named Lumumbaville, will be made of several existing communities in the Kassai-Oriental province and will be more than 1 500km from the capital.

Government spokesperson Lambert Mende said on Tuesday that Lumumbaville will "honour the memory of a great Congolese statesman".

Lumumba was elected prime minister when Belgium granted independence to the country in 1960 after almost a century of colonial rule.

The responsibility for Lumumba's 1961 death remains a mystery. Lumumba's son, Laurent, welcomed the creation of a town in his father's honour but called on the government to conclusively determine who assassinated him.

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