• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT TSHOMBE DROVE THE 110 MILES FROM ELISABETHVILLE TO THE SMALL BORDER TOWN OF MOKAMBO ON THURSDAY, STOPPING TWELVE TIMES ON THE WAY TO TELL HIS TROOPS NOT TO RESIST THE UNITED NATIONS ARMOURED COLUMN.

  • Description

    PRESIDENT TSHOMBE DROVE THE 110 MILES FROM ELISABETHVILLE TO THE SMALL BORDER TOWN OF MOKAMBO ON THURSDAY, STOPPING TWELVE TIMES ON THE WAY TO TELL HIS TROOPS NOT TO RESIST THE UNITED NATIONS ARMOURED COLUMN.

    THE PRESIDENT SAID HE WANTED TO "STOP BLOODSHED AND PROVE HIS GOOD INTENTIONS" BY GIVING THE UN FREE MOVEMENT TO THE RHODESIAN BORDER.

    WHEN MR TSHOMBE REACHED THE OUTSKIRTS OF ELISABETHVILLE AT 6.50 A.M. HIS CAR WAS CHECKED BY UN ETHIOPIAN TROOPS AND THEN ALLOWED TO PROCEED. SOON AFTERWARDS, AS KATANGANS WILDLY CHEERED HIM FROM BUSH VILLAGES AND HIS DEFEATED TROOPS PRESENTED ARMS, IT WAS ANNOUNCED FROM THE UN, NEW YORK, THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS UNDER HOUSE ARREST.

    WHEN HE ARRIVED AT MOKAMBO MR TSHOMBE RECEIVED A TUMULTUOUS WELCOME, WITH HUNDREDS OF CHEERING AFRICANS RUNNING ALONGSIDE HIS CAR AND THE EIGHT CARS OF JOURNALISTS WHO FOLLOWED HIM FROM ELISABETHVILLE.

    AFTER ACKNOWLEDGING THE CHEERS OF THE CROWD, HE PRESIDED OVER A CLOSED MEETING ATTENDED BY MR MUNONGO, HIS INTERIOR MINISTER, SENIOR KATANGA MILITARY AND CIVIL OFFICIALS, AND MR ODILON MWENDA, THE KATANGA IN BRUSSELS, WHO DROVE WITH HIM FROM ELISABETHVILLE.

    BY THIS TIME, NEWS HAD COME FROM NEW YORK THAT THE ORDER FOR MR TSHOMBE'S ARREST HAD BEEN RESCINDED. A UN SPOKESMAN SAID LATER THAT REPORTS OF THE PRESIDENT'S HOUSE ARREST WERE "ERRONEOUS" AND THAT NO SUCH ACTION HAD BEEN TAKEN.

    PRESIDENT TSHOMBE HAD RETURNED TO ELISABETHVILLE BEFORE THE UNITED NATIONS ARRIVED IN MOKAMBO. THE COLUMN TOOK THE TOWN WITHOUT FIRING A SHOT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5AVGDURB293LUJ66XJ46KEHGG
    Media URN:
    VLVA5AVGDURB293LUJ66XJ46KEHGG
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/01/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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