Belgium will deliver the relics of Patrice Lumumba, the Congolese national hero killed in 1961, to his family
Belgium will deliver the teeth and other relics of the Congolese independence leader Patrice Lumumba, whose teeth were pulled out before being killed by Belgian soldiers in 1961, to his family on June 21.
According to national media, the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (KDC) Félix Tshisekedi will pay an official visit to Belgium on June 21 with the family of Lumumba.
During the visit to Brussels, the Belgian government will return to Lumumba’s family the wife and other relics of the assassinated Congolese independence leader Patrice Lumumba.
Following the return of Lumumba’s remains, an official ceremony will take place at KDC on June 30.
Lumumba, the first Prime Minister of the KDC, became the symbol of the KDC struggle for independence and the fight against exploitation along with the fight against the colonial powers.
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Lumumba, who was shot dead by Belgian soldiers on January 17, 1961, was later melted by pouring acid on his body.
Lumumba’s personal belongings, whose teeth were pulled out by Belgian soldiers, were also taken away to be kept as a souvenir.
The female belonging to Patrice Lumumba was discovered five years ago, the daughter of the Belgian police officer allegedly responsible for the death of his “national hero”.
Belgium has admitted to having an undeniable part of the responsibility for the events which led to the murder of Lumumba in 2002.
In his last letter to his wife, Lumumba said: “History will one day have its say, but this history will not be the teaching of Brussels, Paris, Washington or the UN, it will be taught in our countries. freed from the colonialists and their puppets, it will be the story of honor and victory.