The World Bank and International Monetary Fund lenders who
helped fill Mobutu's pockets will no doubt distance themselves
from the late thief, claiming they have always favoured "good
governance" and bear no blame for ex-Zaire's current chaos.
But their past collusion with his kleptocratic feats have led
some to ask if good governance shouldn't be a two-way street.
Isn't the legacy of poverty and $14-billion in foreign debt
that Mobutu bequeathed the Congo equally their legacy and
responsibility? Shouldn't a dictator like Mobutu come with
a money-back guarantee from the Western governments and
international institutions which helped him steal so much?