This was the dwelling of the former of Zaire (now DRC) dictator, Field Marshal Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu Waza Banga.
The grand edifice erected on a vast expanse of land, the size of a small 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 and beyond. The fortress was decorated with Italian marble, katangese high-karate Gold plated doors & windows, Spanish floor tiles, automated American air conditioning, Isreal state of the art communication systems, king size swimming pool, a private airport control tower, 3-4 inch g bulletproof glassware, 5 presidential suites, 6 Jacuzzi’s & surrounded by a mini-game park full of all kinds of wildlife including Indian Tigers.
However, at the time of Mobutu’s death, the structure was listed as one of the most magnificent private castles ever owned by a sitting head of state. It has become 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? Let them come and inherit their father’s estate?