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   Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - May 20, 1997, Tokyo, Japan                              6 PACIFIC STARS AND STRIPES TUESDAY, MAY 20,1997The Associated PressKINSHASA, Zaire — Beatenbloody, prodded by kicks andlashes with an ammunition belt,the man closed his eyes, spreadout his arms and cried, "Theyare going to shoot me!"Seconds later, a rebel fighterdid; blasting four or five bulletsinto the man's back with an AK-47. Facg twisting> the man fellto his knees in the dusty backalley, then collapsed.Accusations of rebel atroc-ities have dopged rebel leaderLaurent ^abila's forces duringtheir eight-month drive acrossZaire. Kabila has repeatedly de-nied allegations of killings andattacks against Rwandan refu-gees in eastern Zaire.Asked about Sunday's execu-tion, a top official at first deniedthat it had happened. Told jour-nalists had witnessed the kill-ing, he became defensive."Our policy is an economy ofviolence, we've said it from thestart," Deo Bugera said. "Nine-ty percent of the country wasliberated without violence."In front of a large crowd jeer-ing at the defeated governmentsoldiers, rebels attacked a man.He, was never identified, butonlookers claimed that he was amember of ousted dictator Mo-butu Sesex Seko's presidentialguard. , ,Rebels took the man down a.tight alley. One reb%l fiddledwith his assault rifle as he* walked. ,At the end of the alley, all re-bels backed off but one, stand-ing three yards frqrn the man.The journalists pressed backagainst a side wall.Then the bullets came.The Associated Press photosleft: As a crowd watches, lairian rebels kick and beat an unidentified .man Sunday in Zaire'scapital, Kinshasa. Rebels brought the man into Mobutu Camp, a military base where troops offormer President Hobiitu Jese Seko surrendered their weapons. Onlookers claimed that theman was a member of Mobutu's presidential guard. Top: The rebel's victim shouts, "I'm dead,now 8'm dead!" moments before he was executed in are/alley* Above: The man collapses anddies after he is shot f«ur or five times in the back by a rebel. }Strategy: Budgeteutter in Congrc^tridcalof importCmtmwd frwn Page 1government spending, is nowone of the most bloated opera-tions we have in the federalgovernment," said Hpuse Bud-get Committee Chairman JohnKasich, R-Qhio,£ longtimecrit-ic of Pentagon spending."All too often what we do inregard to 'the Pentagon is aboutassembly lines and jobs pro-grams, not about national secu-rity," he said, adding that hedoesn't think the military hasthe personnel to fight two warsatonce.   - '"••• •:••: :.•"-. . .d from Page 1Thousands of troops fromLaurent Kabila's rebel armyfarmed out across the city, cap-turing the riverside palace ofousted President Mobutu SfeseSeko arid the fortified militarybase that protected itCrowds swarmed through thepalace, lootingeverything fromswimming "pool sh'des to chan-deliers as rebel troops watched.The mansion of MobutuJs son,Kongulu, also wastrashecLTogolese state television re-ported Sunday that Mobutu hadspent Saturday night in Togo"before leaving for Morocco on^Sunday/The repor^ said Mo-butu had slipped out of Gbado-lite, his home village in north-ern Zaire, aboard his cargoplane Saturday nightAbout 200 people were killedduring Saturday's rebel take-over of Kinshasa, according to aRed Cross spokesmani• The rebels quickly orderedgovernment troops to surrender"their .weapons by the end df theday and set up diaEurriiamentsites at niilitar# camps throllgh-out Kinshasa. Thousands of sol-diers, unpaid by the' previousregime and eager^for change,readily complied, "..;>:• »W|iile inost surrenderingtroops were processed in an or-derly fashion, there were somedisplays of vengeance."'•> At Camp Mobutu,-rebels tookone man away for interrogation,beat him bloody, then led himaway from the crowds and shothim in the back. Later, a secondman was similarly executednear-the same spot, witnessessaid.Meanwhile,nimors remainedrife Sunday that Mobutu's son,Kongulu, a senior army officer,was behind the execution ofarmy chief Gen. Marc :MaheleLieko Bokimgu, declaring him afactor to his father. The gener-al had adyised Mobutu onThursday that soldiers would•\ not defend the capital aridurged him to leave!But diplomats who reportedManele's death had said he waskilled around midnight Fridayby a nonranking soldier. IKongulu fled Saturday toBrazzaville, £ongo, where hisfather reportedly had sent aplane to spirit him to Gabon,which is headed by Omar Bon-go, another Mobutu .ally.But Brazzaville police saidthe control tower in Libreville,Gabon, refused Kongulu per-mission to land r— and that hewas back in Brazzaville.As for the ailing Mobutu, hisplans remained unclear. His fi-nal destination might beFrance, the only major countryto support him until the end.Kabila, settling into his newrole as the presumptive head ofZaire, received diplomats onSunday and met with his Cabi-net and military chiefs in hissouthern headquarters of Lu-bumbashi.. Among those visiting wereU.N. envoy Mohamed Sahrioun,who pressed Kabila to keep thepromises of democracy thatwdn over .Zaire's people.  

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