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The Confédération des associations tribales du Katanga (Confederation of Tribal Associations of Katanga), or CONAKAT, was one of the main political parties in the Belgian Congo and was led by the pro-Western regionalist Moïse Tshombe and his interior minister, Godefroid Munongo. It became an important participant in the State of Katanga.

The party was started in the 1950s by Tshombe and Munongo. The party believed that the mineral riches of Katanga should be exclusively for the "authentic" ethnic Katangese.[1]


The Confédération des associations tribales du Katanga was formed in November 1958 in response to a developing sociopolitical situation in Katanga Province, Belgian Congo. At the time, immigrants from other parts of the Congo, notably Lulua and Baluba people of Kasai Province, made up 38% of Katanga's population. The "authentic Katangese" referred to them disparagingly as "strangers".[2]


  1. ^ The Congo from Leopold to Kabila, Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja, 2002, ISBN 1-84277-053-5, accessed February 2009
  2. ^ Heraclides 2012, p. 60