No fanfare for Kabila in capital
Wednesday 21 May 1997
Mr Kabila said nothing to the journalists at the airport after his two- hour flight from Lubumbashi, his rebel headquarters. He was whisked off in a Land-Rover, followed by heavily armed soldiers and dignitaries.
After more than three decades opposing ousted dictator Mobutu Sese Seko, Mr Kabila's arrival in the capital was surprisingly low-key. The new President is said to have serious concern about his personal safety. In Kinshasa yesterday, a Western security adviser said Mr Kabila might by suffering from a touch of paranoia but that he might have also good reason to worry. During the seizure of Kinshasa, members of Mr Mobutu's elite presidential guard, the DSP, assassinated General Mahele, the country's Defence Minister, accusing him of betrayal for trying to negotiate a peaceful takeover of the city by rebel forces.
Kinshasa has only been under the control of its new rulers since Saturday, and it is not certain that all pro-Mobutu elements have gone. Hundreds of them are in exile just across the river in Brazzaville, Congo. There are also suggestions that Mr Kabila may be worried about a threat from within. His own Alliance Party is said to be fragmented.
As Mr Kabila arrived in the city, two Frenchmen were killed by gunmen in uniform, a French diplomat said. Michel Tournaire and Herve Rigaud, were leaving a factory around 7pm when they were killed. The motive for the attack was not immediately clear. But France was a close friend of Mr Mobutu, and residents say there has been an undercurrent of anti- French feeling in the capital.
- 2 Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
- 3 Gamers confess the worst things they've done in The Sims
- 4 6-year-old writes ice cold Valentine's card to his stepmother
- 5 Syrian child photographed 'surrendering to camera because she thought it was a gun'
Rape threats, death threats and a police investigation after video poking fun at an Islamic Party in Malaysia goes viral
Why Robin Williams safeguarded himself against a morbid trend in advertising
Jeremy Clarkson 'could be given minder' ahead of a potential Top Gear return
6-year-old writes ice cold Valentine's card to his stepmother
Jeremy Clarkson to become 'special adviser on transport' to David Cameron
Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
Revealed: Putin's army of pro-Kremlin bloggers
Katie Hopkins reported to the police for race hatred by Labour MP Simon Danczuk after tweet about Pakistani men
£18000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Working closely with the market...
£20000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A reputable company, famed for ...
Negotiable: Ashdown Group: The Ashdown Group has been engaged by a highly resp...