This is the house of the former of Zaire(now DRC) dictator,Field Marshal Mobutu Sese Seko Kukungbendu wazabanga.

The magnificent structure constructed on a large expanse of land(equivalent to a minimal game park) was built in his home village called Gbadolite at the cost £100m.

It was considered the ” epitome of decor and elegance ” in Zaire n beyond. The super structure was decorated with Italian marble, katangese high -karate Gold plated doors & windows, Spanish floor tiles, automatic American air conditioning ,Isreal state of the art communication systems, king size swimming pool, a private airport control tower, 3-4 inch g bullet proof glassware, 5 presidential suites, 6 Jacuzzi’s & surrounded by a mini game park full of all kinds of wildlife including Indian Tigers .

The structure which , at the time of Mobutu’s death was ranked one of the most magnificent private castles ever owned by a sitting head of state, is now home to wild rats, tropical snakes , gecko lizards ,mega snails , scorpions, birds & thousands of wild insects.

Dictators should learn from this. Where are Mobutu’s kids to take over their father’s estate?



  1. A good example, we all know Edgar has built all over, but the thing is let the incoming president seize this properties to the state.after the court process, even the scandal of fire fighters.

  2. The state should have taken over and converted the building to national use and benefit.

    They are thick in their heads to let the structure to rot.

    • African dictators! I visited Yamasukuro’s Catholic Church Basilica. Both the Basilica and Mobutu’s structures were built using public funds. At least the Church looks after the Basilica & attracts tourists. The Congolese Govt is the loser over Mobutu’s so called property as it could hv been a great tourist destination, an example of a reminder of today’s greedy African leaders

  3. Wht’s the local economy like in the area surrounding the place? Are people good farmers or glorified hunter-gatherers? Could they afford an air ticket for a plane from that airport? How can an airport be viable if the only people flying are state officials? It was development only to a mad man such as Mobutu. That’s why public expenditure on capital assets ought to be subjected to professional scrutiny. It’s not enough that politicians are keen on the project.


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