In Kinshasa, the final preparations for the hero’s memorial

Meditation continues in the Democratic Republic of Congo more than a week after the return of the remains of Patrice Lumumba. The national mourning began on Monday 27 June 2022 and the national hero will be buried next Thursday in a memorial built especially for the occasion.

From our special correspondent in Kinshasa,

Cars, motorcycles, trucks and traffic jams, the start of national mourning have obviously not changed the face of the capital Kinshasa. Still, huge posters are reminiscent of the portrait of Patrice Lumumba and some of his quotes on the program for these ceremonies, which must run until June 30, the 62nd anniversary of independence.

At the Limete traffic junction, traffic noise is amplified by construction noise. Alex Tshamala is the designer of the mausoleum that will house the remains of Patrice Lumumba: “It’s the shoulder of this place,” he explains, “that stands in the middle of the exchange. And when you go to the end of perspective, it’s where you have the memorial there. our national hero Patrice Emery Lumumba will finally rest.

A marble plinth By his side, the place is occupied to be completed on time. Since April 19, the workers have been at work day and night, he adds, and they have just completed the installation of the marble base on which the coffin will be placed. A wish from the family: “Because our national hero was a great ordinary chief, that’s why they wanted the base to be high, about a meter.”

After Thursday’s funeral, “we will stay for two days, entrust a plant manager, and then we will have to resume, because there is still work to be done.” It will really be necessary to wait until August for the place to welcome its first visitors.

Also read: Patrice Lumumba: return to Shilatembo, the site of the last day

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