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DRC Congo’s first Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba’s gold-crowned tooth has been buried in Kinshasa

Democratic Republic of Congo’s first Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba’s gold-crowned tooth has been buried at the Mausoleum dedicated to him in Kinshasa.

Lumumba’s gold tooth is the only thing that remained of his body after it was dissolved in acid by his killers 61 years ago.

The relic is all that remains of the African country’s first prime minister, who was murdered in 1961 by separatist rebels in collusion with Belgian mercenaries.

Patrice Lumumba’s tooth was removed, killed and his body dissolved in sulphuric acid, but a Belgian police officer kept the tooth as a trophy.

It was returned to Mr. Lumumba’s family last week at a ceremony in Brussels.

The tooth, in a coffin draped with the flag of the Democratic Republic of Congo, has since toured several parts of the country to allow people to pay their respects.

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