• Short Summary

    LIEUTENANT-GENERAL JOSEPH MOBUTO, THE PRESIDENT OF CONGO-KINSHASA, CELEBRATED HIS 38TH BIRTHDAY RECENTLY WITH A TRADITIONAL BIRTHDAY PARTY ATTENDED BY HIS WIFE AND FRIENDS AND COMPLETE WITH A BIRTHDAY CAKE.

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    LIEUTENANT-GENERAL JOSEPH MOBUTO, THE PRESIDENT OF CONGO-KINSHASA, CELEBRATED HIS 38TH BIRTHDAY RECENTLY WITH A TRADITIONAL BIRTHDAY PARTY ATTENDED BY HIS WIFE AND FRIENDS AND COMPLETE WITH A BIRTHDAY CAKE.

    GENERAL MOBUTO HAS BEEN PRESIDENT OF CONGO-KINSHASA SINCE HE TOOK POWER IN A COUP ON NOVEMBER 25TH, 1965, WITH THE BACKING OF THE ARMY. HE SAID THEN THAT HE INTENDED TO RULE FOR FIVE YEARS, AND THAT HE AND HIS OFFICERS HAD ACTED BECAUSE THE COUNTRY WAS "RENT BY POLITICAL FEUD".

    IN OCTOBER, 1966, HE DISMISSED HIS PRIME MINISTER GENERAL LEONARD MULAMBA AND BECAME BOTH HEAD OF STATE AND HEAD OF GOVERNMENT.

    HE WAS CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE CONGO'S ARMY IMMEDIATELY AFTER INDEPENDENCE, TOOK POWER IN SEPTEMBER 1960 AND AFTER HOLDING IT FOR FIVE MONTHS HANDED OVER TO A CIVILIAN GOVERNMENT.

    PRESIDENT MOBUTO WAS BORN IN THE TOWN OF LISALA IN NORTH-WEST CONGO. HIS TRIBE, THE BENGALA, TRADITIONALLY SUPPLIED MORE RECRUITS TO THE CONGOLESE ARMY THAN ANY OTHER AND HE ENROLLED FOR SEVEN YEARS WHEN HE WAS 19, AFTER A PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION AT MISSIONARY SCHOOLS. WHEN HE LEFT THE ARMY HE TURNED FIRST TO JOURNALISM AND THEN TO POLITICS AS A SUPPORTER OF PATRICE LUMUMBA. HE US MARRIED, WITH SEVEN CHILDREN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3D81QC2508RZHXH2WEMGUPPLJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA3D81QC2508RZHXH2WEMGUPPLJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/10/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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