By Ojonugwa Felix Ugboja
ABUJA (Sundiata Post) Pictures of the decaying castle of Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu Wa Za Banga, the Fomer military dictator and President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 1965 to 1997 have emerged and leaves many in shock.
Mobutu who also served as Chairman of the Organisation of African Unity in 1967–1968 amassed vast personal wealth, and attempted to purge the country of all colonial cultural influence with his authoritarian regime.
According to an exclusive story from Zambian Observer, the magnificent structure constructed on a large expanse of land (equivalent to a minimal game park) was built in his home village called Gbadolite at the cost of £100m.
It was considered the ”epitome of decor and elegance” in Zaire and beyond. The super structure was decorated with Italian marble, katangese high -karate Gold plated doors & windows, Spanish floor tiles, automatic American air conditioning, Isreal state of the art communication systems, king size swimming pool, a private airport control tower, 3-4 inch g bullet proof glassware, 5 presidential suites, 6 Jacuzzi bath tubs and surrounded by a mini game park full of all kinds of wildlife including Indian Tigers.
The structure which, at the time of Mobutu’s death was ranked one of the most magnificent private castles ever owned by a sitting head of state, is now home to wild rats, tropical snakes , gecko lizards, mega snails, scorpions, birds and thousands of wild insects.
See more pictures of the decaying castle below: