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?