Raymond Ramazani Baya

Raymond Ramazani Baya (16 June 1943 – 1 January 2019) was a Congolese politician. He served as the foreign minister of that country[1] under the transitional government following his appointment to that post on 23 July 2004, by vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba, who was allowed to appoint the foreign minister.

Raymond Ramazani Baya
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Ramazani Baya in 2010
Foreign Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
In office
22 July 2004 – 6 February 2007
PresidentJoseph Kabila
Preceded byAntoine Ghonda
Succeeded byAntipas Mbusa
Ambassador of Zaire to France
In office
1990–1996
Personal details
Born(1943-06-16)16 June 1943
Beni, Belgian Congo
Died1 January 2019(2019-01-01) (aged 75)
Paris, France

BiographyEdit

Ramazani was a long-time member of the regime of President Mobutu, most prominently as Minister of Information[2] and as Ambassador to France.[3]

On 23 November 1996, Ramazani was staying in a hotel in Nice, not far from Mobutu's Villa del Mare in Roquebrune Cap-Martin when he was summoned by Mobutu to assist at a meeting with Central African President Ange-Félix Patassé. In Menton, he hit two adolescents with his car while driving well above the speed limit. One victim immediately died, whereas the other went in a coma and died shortly thereafter.[4] He quit his position as ambassador, and was condemned to a suspended sentence of two years in prison and a fine of 56,000 FF.

After the fall of Mobutu in 1997, Ramazani became dissatisfied with the new government of Laurent Kabila. He joined the Movement for the Liberation of Congo, a rebel group based in Gbadolite which was led by Jean-Pierre Bemba. In 2003 the group entered into a transitional government with other rebel groups and the Joseph Kabila government. Bemba became a vice-president and, among other things, was able to appoint the foreign minister. Antoine Ghonda became foreign minister, but Ramazani was by this time an important advisor on diplomacy to Bemba. He became foreign minister in 2004 when Ghonda was sacked. His time in that post ended in February 2007, at the beginning of President Joseph Kabila's second term, when the government of Prime Minister Antoine Gizenga took office. He died on 1 January 2019.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rwanda is invading: Congo officials". The Sydney Morning Herald. Associated Press. 2 December 2004. Retrieved 10 November 2010.
  2. ^ Africa research bulletin: Political, social, and cultural series, Volume 41. Blackwell. 2004. p. 5831. Retrieved 10 November 2010.
  3. ^ Groupe Jeune Afrique (2004). Jeune Afrique L'intelligent: Issues 2269–2276 (in French). p. 8. Retrieved 10 November 2010. Raymond Ramazani Baya, universitaire, ex-journaliste et ancien ambassadeur à Paris...
  4. ^ Soudan, François; Fall, Elimane (12–18 March 1997). "L'autre affaire Ramazani". Jeune Afrique. No. 1888.
  5. ^ "RDC: Décès du sénateur Raymond Ramazani Baya à Paris". Politico.cd (in French). 1 January 2019. Retrieved 2 January 2019.