Congolese President Marien Ngouabi carried out two important functions in the capital, Brazzaville, this week.?
Congolese President Marien Ngouabi carried out two important functions in the capital, Brazzaville, this week. On Monday, he visited a party of 56 army officers who are being sent for training in Cuba. And the previous day, he reviewed a parade marking the eleventh anniversary of the foundation of Congo's youth movement.
The army contingent were given a send-off by the President before leaving for Cuba, where they will spend fifteen months receiving political and ideological training.
The President handed decorations to several of the officers and told them that their Cuban training was part of a purge of the army, adding that no officer of the Congolese army could expect to hold the respect of the young unless he understood the politics and practise of Marxist theory.
The previous day, President Ngouabi, accompanied by leading government members, attended a mass parade to mark the eleventh anniversary of the Congolese youth movement.
Thousands of schoolchildren, students and cadets - among them many from the military school -- took part in the march-past at which the President took the salute. And in a speech to the young people, he said they should not let themselves be influenced by reactionaries, reminding them that they were the builders of Congo's new society.