"You can't go to Leopoldville now, or to Stanleyville, Coquilhatville, or Elisabethville. The names of all these conquerors have been erased from our map. For that matter you can't even go to the Congo; it's Zaire."

When Joseph Mobutu took power, he introduced a campaign of African nationalism, eliminating all vestiges of the European colonial past.  Nevertheless, as head of state of Zaire, he was a disaster for his nation.  He embezzled billions of dollars from the national treasury, raped the country of natural resources, built palaces deep in the rainforest, and committed multiple human rights violations against his own people.