Belgium will return the remains of Patrice E Lumumba to his family on June 20th  

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Brussels, May 26th, 2022 (CPA).-Belgium will officially hand over the relic of former Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Emery Lumumba to his family on June 20 in the morning, during a ceremony at the Egmont Palace in Brussels, announced in a press release the head of government, Alexander De Croo. This ceremony, which will take place in the presence of the Congolese and Belgian authorities, will be marked in particular by a speech by the head of the Belgian government. It will be followed by an exhibition of the relic – a tooth – and public tributes at the DRC Embassy in Brussels in the afternoon, according to the program made public. The relic is a tooth that Belgian justice had seized in 2016 from the daughter of former police officer Gérard Soete, who had participated in the disappearance of the body of the Prime Minister after his assassination on January 17th, 1961, in what is now province of Haut-Katanga, six months after the accession of the former Belgian colony to independence, on June 30th, 1960. The restitution of the remains of Patrice Lumumba is seen “as a new pivotal moment in the history of diplomatic relations between Belgium and the DRC, after the visit of King Philippe to the DRC, the second week of June. The remains of Patrice Emery Lumumba refer to the common past between our two countries, including its difficult episodes, ”underlines the press release. The remains of the National Hero will be repatriated to the DRC on Tuesday, June 21, it is still indicated. After a stopover in Kinshasa, she will be transported to the provinces of Sankuru, Tshopo and Haut-Katanga, before burial at the Echangeur de Limete in Kinshasa.