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Kongulu (also known as Kongolo) was one of the seventeen children of President Mobutu Sese Seko. His mother was the President's first wife Marie-Antoinette Mobutu, who died in 1977. He has been described as "a stocky, bearded man with a taste for fast cars, gambling and women."<ref name=MW>Wrong, Michela (2001). In the footsteps of Mr Kurtz. Fourth Estate. ISBN 1-84115-422-9.</ref>
As a Captain in the Zairian Special Presidential Division (DSP), Kongulu Mobutu was a key enforcer of his father's despotic regime; his brutal treatment of political opponents earned him the nickname "Saddam Hussein".<ref name=TI>Time</ref>
Kongulu Mobutu was in charge of various businesses in Zaire, including shipping and import firms. According to a former employee, quoted in a United Nations report, one of his companies, Hyochade, acted as a front for extortion, state propaganda and surveillance of political opponents.<ref>Report of the Committee against Torture</ref> The German ZDF network's investigative program Kennweichen D has claimed that Kongulu participated in the siphoning off of the national wealth by helping to organize the secret movement of gold to Gambia during the Nineties.<ref>AFP quoted in LISTSERV archive</ref>
In April 1997, as forces led by Laurent-Désiré Kabila advanced towards Zaire's capital, Kinshasa, it is alleged that Kongulu Mobutu compiled a list of 500 of his father's opponents who were to be assassinated.<ref>ReliefWeb</ref> When troops entered the city on May 17th, Defense Minister, General Marc Mahele Lieko Bokungu, tried to negotiate and was shot dead; it has been claimed that Kongulu had a role in his killing.<ref>New York Times</ref> Kongulu fled across the border to Brazzaville later that day.
Kongulu Mobutu died in exile in Monaco on September 24th, 1998, aged 28.<ref>Milwaukee Journal Sentinel</ref> Former Reuters journalist Michela Wrong has written that he and his brother Niwa died of AIDS.<ref name=MW/>