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date: 26 February 2020

Kabila, Olive Lembe locked

(1976– ), presidential spouse,
  • Jeremy Rich

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was born in the small town of Kaïlo, located in the eastern province of Maniema in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on 29 July 1976, to Barnabé di Sita and Léonie Kasembe Okomba, a woman of mixed Belgian and Congolese descent. Kabila’s family was not wealthy and her father died when she was still quite young. Her mother remarried and relocated to the town of Kirotshe, located roughly thirty kilometers from the eastern Congolese city of Goma, where Kabila attended the Mushindi primary school from 1982 to 1987. She then went to the Institut Maendeleo in Goma for her secondary education from 1987 to 1992. After Kabila graduated from the Institut Maendeleo, she created her own store in Goma in 1993 Her determination to succeed led her to sell door to door and she worked hard to overcome the poor economic situation in the Congo ...

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