President Mobutu of the Zaire Republic has abolished the use of Christian names -- following a compromise with the Roman Catholic Church, which originally objected to the move.
SV Riverboat 'President Mobutu'
SV Ministers arrive (2 shots)
SV Ministers chatting on board
SV Mobutu's helicopter arrives and lands on deck (3 shots)
SV INT. Conference room Mobutu enters and shakes hands with Ministers (2 shots)
SV Ministers applaud
SV Mobutu sits at conference table
GV INT. Conference room
SV On deck of boat - Mobutu walks to helicopter and helicopter away (4 shots)
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Background: President Mobutu of the Zaire Republic has abolished the use of Christian names -- following a compromise with the Roman Catholic Church, which originally objected to the move.
The President -- who has changed his own name from Joseph-Desiree Mobutu Sese Seko -- said that children born after the 19th of February this year must be given local names, as part of his campaign to 'return to Zaire authenticity'. People already baptised have to choose a local name and keep their Christian name in brackets. He made the announcement -- latest development in his campaign -- at a riverboat meeting with his ministers.
The campaign began last December when French street-names were changed to local names, and foreign monuments were removed to museums.
The President's 'return to Zaire authenticity' policy has resulted in conflict with the Roman Catholic Church. In January Cardinal Joseph-Albert Malula, Archbishop of Kinshasa, was expelled for criticising the policy, and in particular the decision to abolish Christian-names. Two days later, however, Pope Paul addressed a letter to the President using only his surname, thus tacitly condoning the policy. President Mobutu told his ministers on the riverboat that a compromise with the Catholic Church had been reached and that his policy of Africanisation would continue.
Two days after this film was shot several of the Ministers were replaced in a cabinet re-shuffle by President Mobutu.