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    PRESIDENT JOSEPH MOBUTU OF CONGO (LEOPOLDVILLE) YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) WARNED THE WHITE POPULATION OF KATANGO PROVINCE THAT HE WOULD NOT TOLERATE ANY RACIAL DISCRIMINATION.

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    PRESIDENT MOBUTU ARRIVING IN BUKAVU, CAPITAL OF THE SOUTH KIVU DISTRICT ON FEB 23, ARRIVING IN ELIZABETHVILLE, OFFICIALLY GREETED, SPEAKS TO CROWD.




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    Background: PRESIDENT JOSEPH MOBUTU OF CONGO (LEOPOLDVILLE) YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) WARNED THE WHITE POPULATION OF KATANGO PROVINCE THAT HE WOULD NOT TOLERATE ANY RACIAL DISCRIMINATION. THE PRESIDENT FLEW TO KATANGA ON TUESDAY TO SETTLE A POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS DISPUTE BETWEEN THE KATANGA GOVERNOR, M. GODEFROID MUNONGO AND THE PRESIDENT (SPEAKER) OF THE PROVINCIAL ASSEMBLY, M. ALBERT KYNIANTA.

    PRESIDENT MOBUTU SET OUT FROM LEOPOLDVILLE ON FEBRUARY 23 ON AN OFFICIAL TOUR OF THE INTERIOR OF THE CONGO. HIS ITINERARY COVERED THE THREE DISTRICTS OF THE EX-PROVINCE OF KIVU WHICH HAS BEEN DIVIDED INTO THREE DISTRICTS.

    EARLY IN THE TOUR HE VISITED MUKAVU, CAPITAL OF THE SOUTH KIVU DISTRICT, WHERE HE WAS GREETED BY LARGE CROWDS AND A MILITARY PARADE.

    THE TENSION IN ELIZABETHVILLE DEVELOPED WHEN M. KYNIANTA WANTED TO FORCE A BUDGET DEBATE IN THE KATANGA ASSEMBLY DESPITE A CENTRAL CONGOLESE GOVERNMENT DECISION TO TAKE OVER CONTROL OF PROVINCIAL BUDGETS. M. KYNIANTA'S MOVE WAS SEEN AS A TACTIC TO HAVE GOVERNOR MUNONGO'S SUPPORTERS OUTVOTED IN THE ASSEMBLY.

    WHEN THE DISPUTE APPEARED TO BE HEADING TOWARDS AN OPEN CONFLICT BETWEEN THE GOVERNOR AND ASSEMBLY, PRESIDENT MOBUTU ALERTED THE ARMY. HE ANNOUNCED ON THURSDAY THAT THE DISPUTE HAD BEEN SETTLED. HE ALSO SAID THAT WHITE PEOPLE WHO WANTED TO WORK WITH THE CONGOLESE WERE WELCOME BUT THOSE WHO DID NOT SHOULD GO TO SOUTH AFRICA OR THE PORTUGUESE COLONIES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5I4ZGKOL52CF39U33MF7Z37SW
    Media URN:
    VLVA5I4ZGKOL52CF39U33MF7Z37SW
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/03/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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