An African Man with Powerful Enemies - Patrice E. Lumumba

Hi all, so this is a recap post on the thread that was posted on twitter on Monday 1st June! I thought to make a thread about Patrice Lumumba after noticing Dr Umar Johnson having his photo behind him on the wall, I really felt like this would be a great time to revisit Lumumba's story. Here is the twitter thread in a bit more detail, titled: 'An African man with powerful enemies' .

Patrice Lumumba was born on 2 July 1925, in Katako-Kombe, Democratic Republic of the Congo. He served as the first prime minister of Congo and his party was named 'Mouvement National Congolais' - Congolese National Movement. I know that many have described Patrice Lumumba as a revolutionist, ahead of his time? Including me, I think there is no story where I have witnessed anyone more bold and more brave. Including Dr Umar too, who describes Lumumba as his "hero". I think the labelling of him as a hero comes from the fact that he was forthcoming enough to put his life on the line to teach Congolese and African people the true meaning of Pan-Africanism. Undoubtedly, his story one of a revolutionary who was stopped in his tracks before he could change Congo forever, and maybe even the African view of the world. He is truly an African great and his story deserves to be shared.

So, enjoy the thread below, here is a direct link to it if you wish to visit it the future [ VIEW ]

It’s Congolese Independence Month and we need to speak about this man. Patrice Emery Lumumba. “An African man with powerful enemies” - A THREAD. [RIP to a true African great].

[1] As first Prime Minister and the nationalist politician who played a huge part in gaining the Congo DR independence; although coming from one of the smaller ethnic groups, he had a devout following and a clear message. Patrice Lumumba was spearheading pan-Africanism across the continent.

[2] In December, 1958 Lumumba attended the 1st All-African People’s Conference in Accra, Ghana. Nationalists from all over Africa were in attendance, and he was officially made a permanent organisation member. People were inspired by his outlook, vocabulary & pan-African goals.

[3] Tensions rose as the Belgian government announced elections in Congo for December 1959, in a move towards independence. Lumumba's Nationalists followers boycotted this, in fear of it being used as a way for Belgium to instil puppets into Congolese politics. Lumumba was imprisoned for inciting rioting 1/2...

[4] 2/2... In January 1960 the Belgian government held a Round Table Conference in Brussels, for Congolese party leaders to discuss political change, but the nationalists refused to participate without Lumumba. He was released from prison and flown to Brussels. Lumumba was then advised to form his government and a date was then agreed for independence, June 30th.

[5] Why are the above events important? They are key moments when the Western society realised how impactful Lumumba was, and how many believed in him.

Note, Lumumba prevailed at a time of national conflict, Belgian troops and Moise Tshombe wanting to separate Katanga from the rest of Congo were also a part of his fight.

[6] As Lumumba was against Moise Tshombe, who wanted to separate Katanga from Congo, he needed help to fight the Belgian army that was then occupying Katanga. His troops were untried & untrained. Congo needed help, so he reached out to the United Nations for its troops... MISTAKE #1.

[7] Simply put, the UN were condescending and refused to help. They wanted Lumumba dead just as the Belgians did, his pan-African talk was encouraging internal Congolese control of the economy, all borders and resources. So he fatefully reached out to the Soviet Union... MISTAKE #2.

[8] He wanted the Soviet Union to assist him with military planes to fly his troops into Katanga. But by doing this, he alarmed three of his MAJOR ENEMIES: The Belgian, The United Nations & Great Britain. All, who did not want the Soviets to have a hand in Congo’s resources before they did.

[9] Immediately in the White House, President Eisenhower held a National Security Council meeting in the summer of 1960 - in which he ordered his CIA director to ensure Lumumba was "eliminated". The CIA made attempts with snipers and poisoned toothpaste to rid of Lumumba, but these were unsuccessful because the agent tasked to carry this out was reluctant.

[10] Although there is no proof that Britain actually had a hand in killing Lumumba, what is known is that murder was also on the mind of some in London. Head of MI5, Howard Smith outlined a number of options. "The first is removing him from the scene by killing him," he wrote.

[11] Not only that, but Daphne Park (who was the MI6 officer in at the time it just gained independence) told the BBC that the British secret service didn’t have a direct “lisence to kill” but they “organised it” using a number of spies. More:

[12] Daphne Park went as far as to admit that she rescued one of the senior politicians in Congo who agreed to hand Lumumba over. She admitted to smuggling him to freedom in the back of her Citroen, when Lumumba's people had guessed he was in contact with her. If this doesn’t implicate Britain then......

[13] Eventually, Lumumba was captured by Mobutu’s troops who then handed him over to the Belgian and Katangese troops that executed him. Crazy how all of these western white people wanted him dead, but the people who done the killing were his own, governed by Belgian rule.

[14] In his last moments, it is said that they removed all of his teeth, beat and tortured and then dissolved his body in acid. His teeth were taken back to Belgium as a twisted sign of their victory. And all of Lumumba’s shaky alliances were proved to be his demise.

[15] This thread describes the fate of almost every African man with powerful enemies As Africans, it’s important to understand what he died for; an icon of HOPE FOR AFRICA.

#PatriceLumumba #panafricanism

That's the end of the post, as usual I hope you enjoyed it and learned something new. If you haven't checked out the thread on Twitter about this yet, you can check it out here. By the way for more background, some of you may not know that I actually wrote an e-book called ‘The Dark Tales of Congo DR’ that goes into this entire story. Predominantly chapters 3-6. You can buy the paperback copy here for: £15.00

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