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Mobutu Sese Seko

‘If you want to steal, steal a little cleverly, in a nice way. If you steal so much as to become rich overnight, you will be caught.'

Mobutu Sese Seko, making an anti-corruption speech in 1976. During his time as dictator of Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) from 1965 to 1997, Mobutu was conservatively estimated to have stolen $5 billion of the $12 billion loaned to the country by the International Monetary Fund.

New Internationalist issue 372 magazine cover This article is from the October 2004 issue of New Internationalist.
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