Pacific Stars And Stripes, May 20, 1997, Page 6

Pacific Stars And Stripes

May 20, 1997

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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - May 20, 1997, Tokyo, Japan6 PACIFIC STARS AND STRIPES TUESDAY, MAY 20,1997 The Associated Press KINSHASA, Zaire — Beaten bloody, prodded by kicks and lashes with an ammunition belt, the man closed his eyes, spread out his arms and cried, "They are going to shoot me!" Seconds later, a rebel fighter did; blasting four or five bullets into the man's back with an AK- 47. Facg twisting> the man fell to his knees in the dusty back alley, then collapsed. Accusations of rebel atroc- ities have dopged rebel leader Laurent ^abila's forces during their eight-month drive across Zaire. Kabila has repeatedly de- nied allegations of killings and attacks against Rwandan refu- gees in eastern Zaire. Asked about Sunday's execu- tion, a top official at first denied that it had happened. Told jour- nalists had witnessed the kill- ing, he became defensive. "Our policy is an economy of violence, we've said it from the start," Deo Bugera said. "Nine- ty percent of the country was liberated without violence." In front of a large crowd jeer- ing at the defeated government soldiers, rebels attacked a man. He, was never identified, but onlookers claimed that he was a member of ousted dictator Mo- butu Sesex Seko's presidential guard. , , Rebels took the man down a .tight alley. One reb%l fiddled with 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 back against a side wall. Then the bullets came. The Associated Press photos left: As a crowd watches, lairian rebels kick and beat an unidentified .man Sunday in Zaire's capital, Kinshasa. Rebels brought the man into Mobutu Camp, a military base where troops of former President Hobiitu Jese Seko surrendered their weapons. Onlookers claimed that the man 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 and dies after he is shot f«ur or five times in the back by a rebel. } Strategy: Budget eutter in Congrc^ tridcalof import Cmtmwd frwn Page 1 government spending, is now one of the most bloated opera- tions we have in the federal government," said Hpuse Bud- get Committee Chairman John Kasich, R-Qhio,£ longtimecrit- ic of Pentagon spending. "All too often what we do in regard to 'the Pentagon is about assembly lines and jobs pro- grams, not about national secu- rity," he said, adding that he doesn't think the military has the personnel to fight two wars atonce. <•;. Cohen defended the report. "I wasn't looking for the boldest move," he said, "I was looking for1 the best move." / l^'-''-."•' ;•.••' V. '/ ,' . • JL ' . •-.-. '••'.. v -: ..••:•.-..•..••. °,. , ..•.'.•••••> - '"••• •:••: :.•"-. . . d from Page 1 Thousands of troops from Laurent Kabila's rebel army farmed out across the city, cap- turing the riverside palace of ousted President Mobutu Sfese Seko arid the fortified military base that protected it Crowds swarmed through the palace, lootingeverything from swimming "pool sh'des to chan- deliers as rebel troops watched. The mansion of MobutuJs son, Kongulu, also wastrashecL Togolese state television re- ported Sunday that Mobutu had spent 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 cargo plane Saturday night About 200 people were killed during Saturday's rebel take- over of Kinshasa, according to a Red Cross spokesmani • The rebels quickly ordered government troops to surrender "their .weapons by the end df the day and set up diaEurriiament sites at niilitar# camps throllgh- out Kinshasa. Thousands of sol- diers, unpaid by the' previous regime and eager^for change, readily complied, "..;>:• » W|iile inost surrendering troops were processed in an or- derly fashion, there were some displays of vengeance. "'•> At Camp Mobutu,-rebels took one man away for interrogation, beat him bloody, then led him away from the crowds and shot him in the back. Later, a second man was similarly executed near-the same spot, witnesses said. Meanwhile,nimors remained rife Sunday that Mobutu's son, Kongulu, a senior army officer, was behind the execution of army chief Gen. Marc :Mahele Lieko Bokimgu, declaring him a factor to his father. The gener- al had adyised Mobutu on Thursday that soldiers would •\ not defend the capital arid urged him to leave! But diplomats who reported Manele's death had said he was killed around midnight Friday by a nonranking soldier. I Kongulu fled Saturday to Brazzaville, £ongo, where his father reportedly had sent a plane to spirit him to Gabon, which is headed by Omar Bon- go, another Mobutu .ally. But Brazzaville police said the control tower in Libreville, Gabon, refused Kongulu per- mission to land r— and that he was back in Brazzaville. As for the ailing Mobutu, his plans remained unclear. His fi- nal destination might be France, the only major country to support him until the end. Kabila, settling into his new role as the presumptive head of Zaire, received diplomats on Sunday and met with his Cabi- net and military chiefs in his southern headquarters of Lu- bumbashi. . Among those visiting were U.N. envoy Mohamed Sahrioun, who pressed Kabila to keep the promises of democracy that wdn over .Zaire's people. ;