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Jeremy Rich

politician and businessman, was born on 21 July 1943 in the Yakoma sector, Nord Ubangi district, Equateur Province, Democratic Republic of Congo. He belonged to the small Ngbandi ethnic community that lived in the far northwest part of the country, although his father was a Polish judge. Because Congolese dictator Mobutu Sese Seko was also Ngbandi, this connection was later very valuable for Yale's career. He attended primary and secondary school at Catholic mission schools at Molegbe. He then became a student at Lovanium University in the Congolese capital of Kinshasa.

Yale became a very active figure in university politics, and he joined the Association Générale des Étudiants de Lovanium (AGEL). In 1967 his fellow AGEL members elected Yale president of the organization. The university was a center of opposition to Mobutu Sese Seko, who took control over the Congolese government in a military coup on 24 November 1965 ...