THE ASSASSINATION OF LUMUMBA by Ludo De Witt
Translated by Ann Wright and Reneé Fenby
Published in Belgium in Dutch in 1999.
Published in English in America and Britain, August 2001
Verso 224 pages $27US/£17UK/$39CAN
Brief Review by DLynn Waldron
The Assassination of Lumumba is written for those with a specific interest in the newly revealed details of the complicity of the Belgian Government in the assassination of Patrice Lumumba, first prime minister of the Congo.
De Witt uses this book to contradict a dissertation written in 1991 that whitewashed the Belgian Government role in the events following the Independence of the Congo. De Witts book caused the Belgian Parliament to open an investigation of the assassination of Lumumba, now forty years after it happened.
De Witts book is almost entirely confined to the period between the Independence ceremony on June 30th, 1960, after Lumumba had already won the election and become prime minister, and the events surrounding his assassination in Katanga in mid-February 1961.
One must come to this book with a knowledge of the Congo and its history, the life of Lumumba and his election campaign, and of the materials already available about the complicity of other Western powers and the UN in the destruction of the Congos independence and the assassination of Lumumba, which was done so their economic exploitation of the Congo could be continued. (See my articles and review of the movie Lumumba on this Web site, and ).
De Witt uses Belgian government documents only recently available and he interviewed some of the witnesses to Lumumbas assassination, who were now old men wanting to unburden their consciences.
The translation is not all I would have wished. As an example, page xvi of the introduction says Africa is in the Western hemisphere, when I am sure the original meant sphere of influence, since Africa is in the Eastern Hemisphere. The word nigger is used in the translation, when the only insult I heard the Belgians used for the Congolese, and the one which Lumumba found so hurtful, was sale macaque which translates as dirty monkey.
(Lumumba related to me that on the day he obtained his hard-won certificate from the Belgian government designating him an evolved African he was walking down the sidewalk in Leopoldville dressed in a suit and tie, when a passing Belgian woman sneered sale macaque at him, and in that moment Lumumba realized there was no hope for a Congolese under Belgian rule.)
This hardboard book was printed in type so small it is chore to read, and the footnotes, etc., are in type that is nearly microscopic.
DLW August 2001
You will find click-throughs to the Lumumba and other Congo materials on the author page at: http://www.dlynnwaldron.com/author
For those who would like to read a brief history of the Congo, I highly recommend the excellent concise summary by the military historian, Dr. Robert Craig Johnson, which can be found at http://worldatwar.net/chandelle/v2/v2n3/congo.html
My review of Raoul Peck's docudrama movie "Lumumba" can be found at:http://www.dlynnwaldron.com/Lumumbamovie.html AFRICA Contents Page
PATRICE LUMUMBA, THE CONGO, AND ALL OF AFRICA: SITE CONTENTS
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Lumumba, the assassinated first Prime Minister of the Congo.
D'Lynn Waldron's newspaper headline stories and photographs, plus related documents from 1960, with a commentary by D'Lynn Waldron written in 2001. The subjects covered on this web site include Lumumba in Stanleyville and his real attitude towards America and Russia, and the secret cannibal war in the Kasai fostered by the Belgian government to sabotage the upcoming independence, which D'Lynn Waldron exposed.
PART 1- LUMUMBA IN STANLEYVILLE AT THE TIME OF THE ELECTIONS
D'Lynn Waldron was the only correspondent in Stanleyville and her newspaper stories contain both historically accurate information as written by D'Lynn Waldron, and also the disinformation put in by the newspaper publisher back in America. Her 2001 commentary points out the disinformation.
THE CONGO & AFRICA
articles and commentaries by D'Lynn Waldron ©2006
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D'LYNN WALDRON'S PHOTOS AND SKETCHES OF AFRICA
Lumumba, the assassinated first Prime Minister of the Congo.
........Lumumba in Stanleyville- D 'Lynn Waldron's 1960 headline story
........D'Lynn Waldron's commentary on this written in 2001
........Lumumba's telegram regarding troops being brought in, etc.
........D'Lynn Waldron's commentary on her time in the Congo written in 2001
........Lumumba's typed statements on his policies for the Congo with D'Lynn Waldron's handwritten questions
........Patrice Lumumba's statements on his policies for the Congo in D'Lynn Waldron's handwritten interview notes
........Lumumba's statements about the Belgian Admin and General Janssens in Stanleyville (document is a VERY large file!)
........Cable with Lumumba's statements sent by D'Lynn Waldron and not published by Scripps-Howard Newspapers
........Messages carried between Lumumba and General Janssens by D'Lynn Waldron with Lumumba's handwritten comments
.......D'Lynn Waldron's report on conflict between General Jannsens and Patrice Lumumba
.......Refusals of Belgian Administration to transmit D'Lynn Waldron's press cables about Lumumba
.......TIME Magazine's slanders of Patrice Lumumba May 1960
......D'Lynn Waldron's cable to American Consulate in Uganda about hitch hiking out of Congo through Ruanda Urundi
........A GALLERY OF PICTURES OF PATRICE LUMUMBA
........Response to a reader asking why Lumumba was assassinated
.......Raoul Peck's movie "Lumumba" a discussion by D'Lynn Waldron
.......Ludo De Witt's book "The Assassination of Lumumba" a brief review by D'Lynn Waldron
.......E-Mail with historical data concerning her father and family from Dorothee Gizenga
THE TRIBAL WAR IN THE KASAI.
.........The Tribal War In Luluabourg- D'Lynn Waldron's 1960 headline story
.........Kasai section of D'Lynn Waldron's book "Secret in the Heart of Darkness"
........Henry N. Taylor killed filling in for D'Lynn Waldron in Luluabourg the Congo
........Journeys on the Congo and Kasa i Rivers
D'LYNN WALDRON'S ESCAPE FROM SOUTH AFRICA