• Short Summary

    A LARGE CROWD GATHERED IN ELISABETHVILLE, KATANGA, ON MARCH 14, WHEN PRESIDENT TSHOMBE AND OTHER OFFICIALS ATTENDED A CEREMONY TO PAY HOMAGE AT THE MEMORIAL TO FALLEN KATANGA SOLDIERS, AND TO DECORATE MEMBERS OF THE FORCES FOR THEIR CONDUCT IN THE FIGHTING AGAINST THE UNITED NATIONS LAST DECEMBER.

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    A LARGE CROWD GATHERED IN ELISABETHVILLE, KATANGA, ON MARCH 14, WHEN PRESIDENT TSHOMBE AND OTHER OFFICIALS ATTENDED A CEREMONY TO PAY HOMAGE AT THE MEMORIAL TO FALLEN KATANGA SOLDIERS, AND TO DECORATE MEMBERS OF THE FORCES FOR THEIR CONDUCT IN THE FIGHTING AGAINST THE UNITED NATIONS LAST DECEMBER.

    STUDENTS OF ELISABETHVILLE UNIVERSITY GAVE A WARM WELCOME TO THE PRESIDENT. GENERAL MOKE, COMMANDER OF THE KATANGAN FORCES AND HIS STAFF ARRIVED PRECEDED BY A MILITARY BAND. WHEN PRESIDENT TSHOMBE ARRIVED HE FIRST MET MEMBERS OF THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS.

    FIRST TO BE DECORATED WAS GENERAL MOKE. HE WAS LEADER OF THE FORCE WHICH PUT DOWN THE RISING BY THE FORCE PUBLIC IN ELISABETHVILLE, THEN REORGANISED THE KATANGAN FORCES.

    HE MADE MANY SUCCESSFUL ATTACKS IN NORTH KATANGA AND FACED TWO ASSAULTS BY UNITED NATIONS FORCES. COLONEL MAKITO WAS ALSO DECORATED, FOLLOWED BY MANY OFFICERS AND MEN. THE CITY'S CHIEF OF POLICE, AND A NUMBER OF POLICEMEN WERE ALSO HONOURED.

    PRESIDENT TSHOMBE SAW WREATHS LAID ON THE WAR MEMORIAL, THEN IN A SHORT ADDRESS, HE ANNOUNCED HIS DEPARTURE FOR LEOPOLDVILLE, CAPITAL OF THE CONGO REPUBLIC, FOR TALKS WITH THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT AND PRIME MINISTER CYRILLE ADOULA. THESE TALKS, HE SAID WERE VITAL FOR KAYANGA, THE CONGO, AND "THE WHOLE OF AFRICA."
    WHEN PRESIDENT TSHOMBE FLEW INTO NDJILI AIRFIELD AT LEOPOLDVILLE NEXT DAY, HE FOUND A VAST SECURITY CURTAIN AWAITING HIM. MORE THAN 1,000 UNITED NATIONS SOLDIERS, POLICE, AND SECURITY GUARDS WERE AT THE AIRFIELD. FROM THERE THE PRESIDENT WAS FLOWN BY HELICOPTER INTO THE CITY. THE TALKS, ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT AND BREAKAWAY KATANGA, ARE CONSIDERED VITAL, AS KATANGA'S COPPER ORE PRODUCES 60 PER CENT OF THE CONGO'S INCOME.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA559XS8Z0NS9TEQWYGOWBZZA6P
    Media URN:
    VLVA559XS8Z0NS9TEQWYGOWBZZA6P
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/03/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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