Over a half a decade after his death Patrice Lumumba, born on 2nd July 1925 and murdered by Belgian forces on 17th January 1961, still plays an important role not only in his country DRC but also the world.
He still inspires formation of political parties from his pan-africanist ideology against neo-colonialism hegemony in his country.
Current president Joseph Kabila’s People’s Party for Reconstruction and Democracy (PPRD) claimed to be motivated by his ideology. Two of his five children by the wife Pauline, Francois Lumumba and Guy-Patrice Lumumba are politicians with the latter leading his father’s party Mouvement National Congolais-Lumumba (MNC-L) with the other being an independent candidate.
His death had a far reaching scale in disintegrating DRC to date to be a battle field of warring factions, mercenaries, foreign soldiers and advisers in plundering the country’s vast resources.
A case to note is the 1964 Stanleyville massacre, his stronghold, where supports massacred over 20,000 people mostly ‘intellectuals anti-reformers’ at his monument publicly.