• Short Summary

    Sixteen former students at Kinshasa's Lovanium University were sentenced on the 12th June to ten years' imprisonment in their absence by a military Tribunal for failing to enrol in the army.

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    Sixteen former students at Kinshasa's Lovanium University were sentenced on the 12th June to ten years' imprisonment in their absence by a military Tribunal for failing to enrol in the army.

    The Court Martial acquitted another 28, handed over 6 to the Commission charged with enrolling the students, and asked for further information on another 13.

    The Court Martial followed the Government decision on the 5th of June to close Lovanium University and enlist all of its Congolese students in the army for two years following a clash on the campus with the army in which one student was seriously wounded.

    Trouble had begun at the University when students staged a mock funeral to mark the anniversary of a demonstration two years ago when the army intervened and six students were killed.

    After the latest incidents, the Government gave the students three days to enrol or be treated as deserters. President Mobutu personally inspected the new recruits, both male and female, under training.

    Official figures show that of the 3,007 Congolese students at Lovanium, 2889 students enrolled, and 65 students were listed as missing.

    SYNOPSIS: At Camp Tshatshi, in Congo-Kinshasa, President Mobutu's way of instilling discipline into rebellious students is being put into action. The Congolese Government decided on the fifth of June to close Lovanium University, and enlist all of its Congolese students, both male and female, in the army for two years. There had been a clash on the campus a few days before in which one student was seriously wounded. Trouble began at the University when students staged a mock funeral to mark the anniversary of a demonstration two years ago when the army intervened and six students were killed.

    President Joseph Mobutu made a personal visit to the ex-students in training, to show that he firmly believed in his get-tough policy with what he regards as indiscipline. The Government gave the students three days to enrol or be treated as deserters. Most did, although 65 were reported to be missing. President Mobutu had earlier had top-level meetings of political, military, legal and academic leaders.

    Congolese leaders were especially perturbed that the rebels were at Lovanium, the Government's largest beneficiary economically, financially and socially among Universities. They are regarded as having shown themselves to be ungrateful. Students have recently had their annual maintenance grants increased So far there has been no announcement when the university will re-open.

    Firm measures were also taken with those students who failed to enrol in the army. Sixteen former Lovanium students were sentenced on the 12th June by a Kinshasa military tribunal to ten years imprisonment in their absence, 28 were acquitted, and six were handed over to the Commission charged with enrolling the students. Further information was asked for by the Court on a further thirteen. The Commission is also investigating teaching in Universities in an effort to get at the causes of unrest. So far it has been decided to put as much accent on the practical aspect of good citizenship as on the theory.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6SAUDKGW556WFFEGDD4S9XRH7
    Media URN:
    VLVA6SAUDKGW556WFFEGDD4S9XRH7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/06/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:27:00
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    N/A

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