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Business in the Congo
« on: April 18, 2018, 04:47:29 pm »
"Details were emerging as to how the United States government and Western-backed business had assisted the rebel army at the height of the refugee killings. The information was limited but solid: On April 16, 1997, more than a month before Mobutu (Sese Seko), the Congo´s dictator and supposed assassin of Patrice Lumumba, was toppled and less than a week before Rwandan troops were to machine-gun and slash refugees south of Kisangani, Laurent Kabila’s finance minister, Mwana Nanga Mwampanga, signed a $1-billion mining deal with America Mineral Fields (AMF), whose headquarters was in Hope, Arkansas, President Bill Clinton’s hometown.

Jean-Raymond Boulle, the company’s CEO, was close enough to Clinton to receive an invitation to his first inauguration. Boulle gave rebels the use of his Lear jet and advanced $1 million in mineral taxes and fees to Kabila (Congo´s rebel leader) in return for a contract to rehabilitate and develop the country’s zinc and copper mines, a project that was estimated to be worth $16 billion.

Taken from Author Judi Rever

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