The CIA has always meddled in the affairs of other countries for the mere reason of advancing America’s selfish interests. Below are five hurtful instances where the CIA deprived Africa of its promising leaders.

The role of the West in making life unbearable for Africans is well documented. The Americans, especially, have been infamous for interfering in the matters of sovereign states for their own parochial interests.

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), has been notorious for meddling in the affairs of other African countries. They come under the pretext of deposing dictators in some instances, and in others they seek to genuinely remove dictatorship, but for their own interests.

In the 1950s to 1960s when Africa was yelling for independence, the CIA had their role clear-cut. As African countries got their independence, so did the CIA step up their efforts in depriving Africa of its promising leaders. Where it worked, it did, but where it did not, there was chaos.

Below are five instances where the CIA brought nothing but trouble for African countries by robbing its leaders or propping up authoritarians:

1. Patrice Lumumba

The Democratic Republic of Congo had been fortunate to find itself under the leadership of Patrice Lumumba, a fierce and revolutionary leader. He was inclined to Communist principles, something that the US had made it clear it was totally against.

There had always been a plan to get rid of Lumumba should he have got into power. This plan was endorsed by then US president Dwight Eisenhower. The CIA had an intention to poison Lumumba’s toothpaste.

This plan did not come to fruition because the poison later on expired before it was used on Lumumba, so the United States turned to Lumumba’s opponents.

The United States was very much aware of everything that happened to Lumumba but did nothing about it. The arrest, the torture. They knew about it. They even knew about the move by the government to take Lumumba to Katanga, the home of his sworn enemy where he met his death.

The CIA supported Mobutu Sese Seko and Joseph Kasavubu by supplying them with money and arms to fight Lumumba’s supporters.

The CIA contributed to the robbing of one of Africa’s “charismatic” leaders.

Mandela would have welcomed a war. If the Soviets had come in force, the United States would have had to get involved, and things could have gone to hell. We were teetering on the brink here and it had to be stopped, which meant Mandela had to be stopped. And I put a stop to it.” – Donald Rickard, former US Vice-Consul in Durban and CIO operative.