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Antoine Gizenga

Antoine Gizenga



Antoine Gizenga was born on 5 October 1925 in the small village of Mbanze in present day Kwilu province in what was then the Belgian Congo.He attended a Catholic missionary primary school and received his secondary education at the Kinzambi and Mayidi seminaries. He became an ordained Catholic priest in 1947 and led a parish out of his home in Kwilu. He left his position for personal reasons and took several clerical and accounting jobs. After briefly serving in law enforcement for the colonial government, Gizenga became a teacher at a secondary Catholic school. He soon thereafter married Anne Mbuba, with whom he later had four children.

Antoine Gizenga (5 October 1925 – 24 February 2019) was a Congolese (DRC) politician who was the Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 30 December 2006 to 10 October 2008. He was the Secretary-General of the Unified Lumumbist Party (Parti Lumumbiste Unifié, PALU).

Mr. Gizenga has been described by other Congolese politicians and United Nations officials as .“smart and ruthless.” He was known for his talent for political maneuvering until the left‐wing regime he set up in Stanleyville collapsed in late 1961 and he was arrested.

Before entering active politics in 1959, when he formed the African Solidarity party, Mr. Gizenga worked as a bank clerk, a civil servant in the former Belgian colonial administration and a schoolteacher.

Mr. Gizenga, it was reported, tried to organize his government along Communist lines by enforcing state ownership of business enterprises in the Stanleyville area.


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Date of Birth: 5th October, 1925

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