The Congo Revisited
by George M. Houser, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
November 28, 1960
American Committee on Africa
George Houser's report on his fourth visit to the Congo was written at the time of Lumumba's escape and subsequent recapture by Mobutu. The report describes four forces competing for power or influence in the Congo. (1) Power is segmented among the various Congo leaders. Kasavubu's stronghold is in the Leopoldville area, but his ABAKO Party does not hold sway even in the majority sections of this province. Kamitatu, the head of the PSA, is the head of the Leopoldville province, and is in alliance with Lumumba, in opposition to Kasavubu. Lumumba's stronghold is in Stanleyville. (2) Various African states are a potential stabilizing factor, but they are not united in their approach. (3) The United Nations' presence has kept the Congo situation from complete anarchy or permitting the cold war to take over, but the UN cannot fill the existing vacuum. (4) The opposing powers of the U.S. and the Soviet Union stand in the background of the confusion.
Used by permission Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: George M. Houser Africa collection, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections