Moise Tshombe

  • Born: (Musumba, Belgian Congo) [now Congo-Kinshasa]
  • Died: (Algiers, Algeria) (age 49)

Moïse Kapend Tshombe (sometimes written Tshombé) was a Congolese businessman and politician. He served as the president of the secessionist State of Katanga from 1960 to 1963 and as prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 1964 to 1965.

Tshombe died in 1969, the official cause of death was listed as "death from heart failure." He was buried in a Methodist service at Etterbeek Cemetery, near Brussels, Belgium. Owing to his role in the death of Lumumba and his association with Western interests, Tshombe's surname to black African nationalists became synonymous with "sellout".


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