16 Oct 2006. The Alliance Franaise in Nairobi hosts a screening of Raoul Pecks film Lumumba (2002) followed by a debate on the political future of the Democratic Republic of Congo organised by the foreign correspondents association of East Africa. The film traces the history of the DR Congo following its independence from Belgium in 1960, including the assassination of its first prime minister Patrice Lumumba after just a few months in office and the rise of Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu wa za Banga, president from 1965 to 1997. The event comes as the Congolese prepare to return to the polls on 29 Oct for the presidential election run-off between incumbent president Joseph Kabila and Jean-Pierre Bemba, one of four vice presidents in the former transitional government and leader of the rebel group turned political party Movement for the Liberation of Congo. Will the new government be able to keep the vast and mineral-rich country together or will old rivalries pull it back towards the chaos and violence from which it is just beginning to emerge? 18.30.
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DR Congo after the elections.
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