Ngaliema

Ngaliema

[uhng-gah-lee-ey-muh]
Ngaliema is a district in the west of Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The community stretches south towards Mont Ngaliema and along the main road linking Kinshasa and the city of Matadi in Bas-Congo.

In addition to the districts of Binza Ozone, Binza Météo, Binza Delvaux and Binza I.P.N., the area also accommodates:

  • The Palais de Marbre (Marble Palace): built as a Presidential Guests residence under Mobutu Sese Seko, it was the official residence of President Laurent Desire Kabila. It is in his private office at the Marble palace that Kabila was assassinated, allegedly by one of his bodyguards.
  • The Cite de l'OUA (OAU village) compound: built when Kinshasa was the host of a summit of heads of states of the Organisation of African Unity, the sprawling compound has paid host to many official functions. Most recently, it has become the official location of the weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers, the deliberative body of the Congolese executive branch.
  • The Camp Militaire Colonel Tshatshi (Colonel Tshatshi Military Compound): One of the two major military bases in Kinshasa, the base pays host to the defense department, and the Joint Chiefs of staff central command headquarters for the Military of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC). It also surrounds two previous Presidential palaces.
  • The Mont Fleury neighbourhood, also known as Kinshasa's "Beverly Hills".

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