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Patrice Lumumba’s Tooth Arrives in DR Congo

A tooth belonging to murdered Congolese independence leader Patrice Lumumba has arrived back in the Democratic Republic of Congo and is being taken on a tour of his homeland.

It is all that remains of the country’s first prime minister, who was assassinated in 1961 by rebels in collusion with Belgian mercenaries and his body dissolved in acid.

The tooth will first go to the town of his birth, named Lumumbaville in his honour, then to Kisangani, where he started his political activism, and then to Lubumbashi, where he was killed.

A coffin containing the tooth will finally be laid to rest in the capital Kinshasa, on the eve of Independence Day next Thursday.

Source: BBC

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