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Mobutu Sese Seko


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Mobutu Sese Seko Originally Joseph Désiré Mobutu. 1930-1997. Zairean president (1967-1997). A general in the army, Mobutu overthrew the existing government of the Congo in 1965. He later established himself as president (1967) and renamed the country Zaire (1971). He died shortly after being ousted by political insurgents.


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