Victor Nendaka Bika
|Director of the Sûreté Nationale of the Democratic Republic of the Congo|
October 1960 – 1965
|Preceded by||Christophe Muzungu|
|Succeeded by||Alexandre singa Boyende Mosambayi|
|Minister of Interior|
October 1965 – November 1965
|Prime Minister||Évariste Kimba|
to the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany)
|Born||7 August 1923|
Kumu, Buta District, Orientale Province, Belgian Congo
|Died||22 August 2002 (aged 79)|
|Political party||MNC-Lumumba, MNC-Nendaka, MPR|
Victor Nendaka Bika (7 August 1923 – 22 August 2002) was a Congolese politician from the Democratic Republic of Congo. He was the second Director of the Sûreté Nationale of the Congo. Nendaka died on 22 August 2002 while in exile in Brussels.
Victor Nendaka was born on 7 August 1923 in Kumu, Buta Territory, Bas-Uele District in Orientale Province, Belgian Congo. He was the only child to his mother Elizabeth. However, he had stepsisters and stepbrothers, among whom were Goningame Josephine and Pae Pierre. Victor went to the Frères Maristes School in Buta. He married Astrid Mbooto in 1943. They had six children: Gabrielle, Andre, Monique, Claude, Victorine and Astrid. He died in exile on 22 August 2002 in Brussels.
Nendaka left the MNC-L ostensibly because Lumumba accepted a significant amount of money from communists, but he never presented any substantial evidence to support his allegation.
In October 1960 Nendaka was appointed Director of the Sûreté Nationale (national security police) by temporary commission. He swiftly reorganised the agency and transformed it into an effective intelligence-gathering service. Soon a ginger group formed in the Congolese government in support of eventual Prime Minister Cyrille Adoula known as the Binza Group. Nendaka, in his capacity as Sûreté Director, was a key member.
On 13 December 1961, Minister of Interior Christophe Gbenye attempted to assert his control over the Sûreté; his cabinet released a communique stating that, effective 12 December, Nendaka no longer worked for the service and was open to reassignment in the government. Nendaka appealed to General Joseph-Désiré Mobutu for support, who immediately responded by sending troops to guard the Sûreté offices and threaten Gbenye with arrest if he interfered. Five days later an ordinance signed 15 July appeared in the official government gazette, Moniteur Congolais, declaring the nomination of Nendaka by the President of the Congo as Director of the Sûreté, effective 1 July. Nendaka thereafter reported directly to Prime Minister Adoula.
Nendaka was nearly assassinated by members of the anti-Adoula Comité National de Libération in November 1963.