• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT JOSEPH MOBUTU OF CONGO-KINSHASA HAS JUST CELEBRATED HIS 39TH BIRTHDAY, AN OCCASION MARKED BY FESTIVE SCENES AT MOUNT STANLEY HIS OFFICIAL RESIDENCE OVERLOOKING THE CONGO RIVER.

  • Description

    PRESIDENT JOSEPH MOBUTU OF CONGO-KINSHASA HAS JUST CELEBRATED HIS 39TH BIRTHDAY, AN OCCASION MARKED BY FESTIVE SCENES AT MOUNT STANLEY HIS OFFICIAL RESIDENCE OVERLOOKING THE CONGO RIVER. DURING THE DAY HE GAVE CHILDREN'S PARTY, AND IN THE EVENING A RECEPTION FOR LEADING GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND MEMBERS OF THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS.

    NATIONAL NEWSPAPERS GREETED THE DAY WITH BANNER HEADLINES "HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. PRESIDENT".

    AT THE CHILDREN'S PARTY, THE PRESIDENT PLAYED HOST TO 50 CHILDREN REPRESENTING ALL THE NATIONALITIES PRESENT IN KINSHASA. AFTER THEY HAD GIVEN HIM FLOWERS AND LITTLE PRESENTS, HE THANKED THEM AND DISTRIBUTED SWEETS. HELPING WITH THE PARTY WERE A GROUP OF GIRL ANNOUNCERS FROM THE NATIONAL RADIO AND TV SERVICES.

    THE CHILDREN TOURED THE GROUNDS OF MOUNT STANLEY, NOT FORGETTING THE LION CUB WHICH SEEMED QUITE SURPRISED BY THE CRIES OF THE YOUNGSTERS.

    THEN THEY WENT INDOORS AGAIN TO SEE THE PRESIDENT CUT HIS ENORMOUS BIRTHDAY CAKE, PART OF WHICH HE SHARED WITH HIS YOUNG GUESTS.

    IN THE EVENING THE PRESIDENT WAS AGAIN HOST, AT A MORE FORMAL RECEPTION FOR LEADERS OF THE GOVERNMENT AND THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS. THIS WAS PRESIDENT MOBUTU'S FOURTH BIRTHDAY SINCE HE TOOK POWER IN NOVEMBER 1965 FOLLOWING CONFLICT BETWEEN PRESIDENT KASAVUBU AND PREMIER MOISE TSHOMBE. HE WAS GIVEN A FIVE-YEAR MANDATE TO RESTORE ORDER TO THE STRIPE-TORN CONGO. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS ARE DUE IN DECEMBER 1970.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA71UQDPIPSP3DA80G3CZYRL48V
    Media URN:
    VLVA71UQDPIPSP3DA80G3CZYRL48V
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/10/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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