President Felix Tshisekedi invites the Congolese to make « Patrice-Emery Lumumba Memorial », a place of meditation

Le Président Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo (debout) prononçant son mot de circonstance, à ses cotés le Président Denis Sassou Nguesso (assis)

Kinshasa, July 1st, 2022 (CPA).– The President of the Republic Felix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo invited the Congolese to make « Patrice-Emery Lumumba Memorial », a place of meditation likely to revive the patriotic and republican ideal, sublimated by the gestures as well as the words of the National Hero.

The Head of State made this recommendation on Thursday, in his speech on the occasion of the burial of the remains of Patrice Emery Lumumba, in this memorial erected at Place of Echangeur, in Limete municipality, in Kinshasa.

« On this Thursday, June 30th, 2022, a happy coincidence with Thursday, June 30th, 1960, let us mobilize to make this Memorial the place of renewal of our individual and collective commitment to complete the noble fight that it had begun, to keep and protect the values ​​for which he gave his life”, he urged.

And to add: « Take heart to honor this mausoleum, as much as you can, either by your visits and your meditations, or from a distance in the reverberation of your memories, so that the flame of the love of Congo which shines here, remains always alive and that it never goes out”.

For President Felix Tshisekedi, today’s ceremony can therefore take on all its meaning and all its brilliance only if it gives the opportunity to each Congolese, to be challenged by the last words, below, of Lumumba to his children: « To my children whom I leave behind and whom I may never see again, I want people to say that the future of the Congo is beautiful and that it awaits them, as it expects each Congolese, d accomplish the sacred task of rebuilding our independence, and our sovereignty… ».

Patrice-Emery Lumumba Memorial

« Becoming the sanctuary of our collective memory, the present Patrice-Emery Lumumba Memorial is first and foremost the place of affirmation of our faith in our own ability to build our great Nation by ourselves », he further underlined. .

This rebirth of the Congo, the national hero had himself predicted. Indeed, in one of his speeches, he had said: « I know and I feel from the bottom of myself that sooner or later my people will get rid of all their internal and external enemies, that they will rise up as one to say no to degrading and shameful colonialism, and to regain one’s dignity under a pure sun”.

An international inspirational figure

According to President Felix Tshisekedi, Prime Minister Lumumba remains an inspiring figure on an international scale for having integrated his fight for freedom and independence in a perspective of global struggle for all of Africa.

« Your solidarity with the popular masses pushed to the social periphery of African states has internationalized your struggle against imperialism, thus integrating into the movement a maximum of peoples and regions », he indicated, before saluting his conviction of non-violence and his ability to use speech to give the power to launch men, bare hands, against machine guns.

« Thus, because of your audacity with which you conveyed anti-colonialist ideas, you are, for us Congolese nationalists and for the progressive peoples scattered elsewhere in the world, the symbol of the struggle for freedom, independence and sovereignty of peoples. Even more, you represent this torch which rekindles our momentum to continue the noble struggle for more freedom, democracy and development”, he further noted.

Shortly before, President Denis Sassou Nguesso laid his wreath in front of the remains of Patrice Emery Lumumba.

Patrice-Emery Lumumba was buried in the intimacy of the family in the presence of Heads of State Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo and Denis Sassou Nguesso.

Previously, an ecumenical service had been organized in the presence, in addition, of Heads of State Felix Tshisekedi and Denis Sassou Nguesso, heads of the constituted bodies of the Republic, parliamentarians, members of the government, foreign delegations, heads of diplomatic corps as well as a large crowd.

Tributes to the national hero

In addition, one of the pioneers of independence Bruno Bukasa paid tribute to this national hero Lumumba and to the Head of State for the organization of this ceremony.

“Long live DRC, long live independence”, he declared while wishing happiness and prosperity to the Congolese people.

One of the grandsons of the national hero said that it is a pleasure to meet on this symbolic date of June 30th.

Aware that the figure of Patrice Emery Lumumba, he continued, goes far beyond the family framework, the family is grateful to the President of the Republic, Felix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo.

He also testified, on behalf of the family, his gratitude to the Congolese people who have demonstrated that the aura of Patrice Emery Lumumba has been, remains and will continue to embody a spirit that brings together beyond ethnic groups and political affiliation.

“We witness it in “Onalua”, in “Kisangani”, in “Lubumbashi” and in “Kinshasa”. Through these four cities, which will have played a key role in a destiny leading to glory and tragedy, we have been able to feel the greatness of the grandfather. We heard the pride expressed by the people of Sankuru, the melancholy nostalgia of the people of Tshopo, the songs of appeasement of the Katangese people, today we have the voice of the people of Kinshasa, a people who claim on behalf of the whole community national, justice, peace and work », he added.