Maj. Gen. Joseph Kabila, 2001 News
president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, was shot in the presidential palace in Kinshasa in January. He later died from the wounds. Though details are sketchy, many reports indicate that he was shot by a bodyguard. Kabila's son, Maj. Gen. Joseph Kabila, 31, assumed the presidency and inherited a country mired in a bloody civil war and plagued by economic disaster.