Belgium returns Patrice Lumumba’s tooth to family

Patrice Lumumba, the first prime minister of the former Belgian colony who was assassinated in 1961, to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at an official ceremony in Brussels on 20 June.

Belgium has finally decided to return the remains(tooth) of assassinated Congolese leader and African hero, Patrice Lumumba to his family.

As the former colonial power continues to confront its terrible past and strives for reconciliation, Belgian officials on Monday returned a gold-capped tooth that belonged to the Congolese independence hero Patrice Lumumba.


Patrice Lumumba, an upright man who was fighting for the advancement of Congolese and African people in general was assassinated by Western intruders 60 years ago and then installed a dictator who looted the country for decades.

After his assassination in 1961, Lumumba’s body was dismembered and dissolved with acid in an apparent effort to keep any grave from becoming a pilgrimage site. The tooth was seized by Belgian officials in 2016 from the daughter of the Belgian police commissioner who said he took it after overseeing the destruction of Lumumba’s body.


Belgium colonial atrocities in Congo is one of the most inhumane colonial crimes committed by European intruders and pirates who are often portrayed as ‘explorers’. In fact, African historians recorded the then King of Belgium, Leopold as the biggest monster in modern history.

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