Hundreds gather to pay respects to Patrice Lumumba, who was murdered by a firing squad, his body hacked to pieces and finally dissolved in acid, with tacit backing of ex-colonial ruler Belgium, which kept a memento of his known remains – a tooth.
Kinshasa vows to defend "every centimetre of our territory", a day after rebels of the M23 group — which DRC alleges is funded by Kigali — seized eastern Bunagana town near the Ugandan border.
Although the Belgian King has expressed his "deepest regrets" for the conduct of his ancestors in DR Congo, many say he has fallen short of apologising on behalf of his ancestors, who have brutalised Congolese people during the Belgian colonialism.
Belgium's king and queen visited the flood-stricken town of Verviers to lead the nation in a minute of silence, while Germany said the number of people who lost their lives rose to 165, bringing the death toll in both countries to 200.
A call for reparations holds states accountable for the atrocities they committed. When it comes to the DRC, Belgium would do well to go beyond empty words and performative gestures.
Belgium's King Philippe has asked Prime Minister Charles Michel to continue to discharge government until elections in May while the premier lost his majority and stepped down.
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