Albert Kalonji

Albert Kalonji
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Head of State of South Kasai
(first as President, later as Mulopwe)
In office
9 August 1960 – 5 October 1962
Preceded byposition established
Succeeded byposition disestablished
Personal details
Born(1929-06-06)6 June 1929
Hemptinne (near Luluabourg), Belgian Congo
(Now Katende, Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Died20 April 2015(2015-04-20) (aged 85)
Mbuji-Mayi, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Political partyMouvement National Congolais-Kalonji (MNC-K)

Albert Kalonji Ditunga (6 June 1929 – 20 April 2015)[1][2] was a Congolese politician best known as the leader of the short-lived secessionist state of South Kasai (Sud-Kasaï) during the Congo Crisis.

Early career

Kalonji, a chief from the Luba ethnic group, began his political career under Belgian colonial rule as a member of the nationalist Mouvement National Congolais (MNC) party led by Patrice Lumumba. Kalongi, however, split with Lumumba to form a federalist faction of the party, known as the Mouvement National Congolais-Kalonji (MNC-K), which failed to achieve significant success while Lumumba was made Prime Minister of the independent Congo in 1960.

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