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Last Updated: Monday, 24 November, 2003, 13:25 GMT
Mobutu's son returns to Kinshasa
Mobutu Sese Seko
Mobutu left his country in ruins
The eldest son of Mobutu Sese Seko, former leader of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has ended his six-year exile.

Manda Mobutu, 43, was welcomed at the airport by 200 cheering supporters, reports Reuters news agency.

He fled when his father was ousted in 1997 after a 32-year rule of notorious corruption and brutality.

An aide said that Manda's Rally party would contest elections due in 2005 but did not say if Manda would run himself.

Manda is seeking to have his father's body repatriated from Morocco, where he died in 1997.

He had fled there shortly before his death, as rebels led by Laurent Kabila approached Kinshasa.

Kabila's son, Joseph, is the current president of a power-sharing government, which is tasked with organising DR Congo's first ever elections after five years of war.

Under Mobutu senior, DR Congo's vast mineral wealth was diverted for his personal use and to pay off political rivals.




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