This day in history: Patrice Lumumba is shot

By Drum Digital
13 February 2015

Patrice Lumumba gained the reputation of being a powerful and charismatic leader during his brief reign as Zaire's first Prime Minister.

 13 February, 1961

Patrice Lumumba gained the reputation of being a powerful and charismatic leader during his brief reign as Zaire's first Prime Minister (the former Belgian Congo, now the Democratic Republic of Congo). In 1958 he formed and led the Movement National Congolais (MNC), which sought a unitary state while its main opponents opted for a form of federalism.

The complete breakdown of order immediately after independence was due in part to Lumumba's intemperate rhetoric, and was followed by the attempted secession of the mineral-rich Katanga region under Moise Tshombe and UN intervention. In September the coalition broke down, and Lumumba was ousted in a coup led by Mobutu. On 1 December he was imprisoned at Thysville and on 17 January 1961 he was flown to Elisabethville in Katanga.

On 13 February 1961 it was announced that he was shot, and killed, while trying to escape.

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