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Patrice Lumumba
Born 100 years ago on 02/07/2025

Patrice Lumumba

Congolese politician


Dead at 35 years
Birthday
Thursday
He is born 99 years, 0 months and 19 days ago
Death date
Tuesday

He is dead since 63 years, 6 months and 4 days

Cause of death: murder

Birthplace
Onalua, Democratic Republic of Congo
Nationality: congolese République démocratique du Congo
Categorie
Politicians
Birth sign: Cancer
Chinese birth sign: Goat

Patrice Émery Lumumba ( ; 2 July 1925 – 17 January 1961), born Isaïe Tasumbu Tawosa, was a Congolese politician and independence leader who served as the first prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (then known as the Republic of the Congo) from June until September 1960, following the May 1960 election. He was the leader of the Congolese National Movement (MNC) from 1958 until his execution in January 1961. Ideologically an African nationalist and pan-Africanist, he played a significant role in the transformation of the Congo from a colony of Belgium into an independent republic.

Shortly after Congolese independence in June 1960, a mutiny broke out in the army, marking the beginning of the Congo Crisis. After a coup, Lumumba attempted to escape to Stanleyville to join his supporters who had established a new anti-Mobutu state called the Free Republic of the Congo. Lumumba was captured en route by state authorities under Joseph-Désiré Mobutu, sent to the State of Katanga and, with the help of Belgian partisans, executed by the separatist Katangan authorities of Moïse Tshombe. He was seen as a martyr for the pan-African movement. In 2002, Belgium formally apologised for its role in the execution.

Source : Wikipedia