• Short Summary

    M. MOISE TSHOMBE, THE CONGOLESE PRIME MINISTER, HAS RETURNED TO LEOPOLDVILLE AFTER A WEEK-LONG TOUR?

  • Description

    M. MOISE TSHOMBE, THE CONGOLESE PRIME MINISTER, HAS RETURNED TO LEOPOLDVILLE AFTER A WEEK-LONG TOUR OF HIS OLD SECESSIONIST STRONGHOLD OF KATANGA, REPORTEDLY SATISFIED THAT THE MILITARY AND CIVIL AUTHORITIES WERE LOYAL TO THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT.

    M. TSHOMBE FLEW TO KATANGA A WEEK LAST MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 21) FROM NAIROBI WHERE HE ATTENDED A CONFERENCE ON THE RECONCILIATION OF THE CONGO SET UP BY THE ORGANISATION OF AFRICAN UNITY (OAU).

    IT WAS HIS FIRST VISIT TO THE RICH MINING PROVINCE SINCE HIS REGIME COLLAPSED IN JUNE LAST YEAR WHEN KATANGA WAS INVADED BY TROOPS OF THE THEN CONGO FORCE. M. TSHOMBE, WHO HAD BEEN IN AMERICA AND EUROPE BEFORE BEING APPOINTED PRIME MINISTER ALMOST THREE MONTHS AGO, HAD NOT MADE ANY PREVIOUS EFFORT TO VISIT KATANGA.

    HIS FIRST STOP WAS ELIZABETHVILLE, HIS OLD CAPITAL, AND FROM THERE HE WENT TO JADOTVILLE, 74 MILES (120 KILOMETRES) TO THE NORTH. THERE WAS AN ENTHUSIASTIC WELCOME FOR HIM AT THIS IMPORTANT MINING CENTRE, AND IN HIS HONOUR A PARADE WAS STAGED.

    ONE OF THE REASONS WHICH PROMPTED THE VISIT TO KATANGA WAS THE REPORT THAT THE KATANGA GENDARMERIE HAD RISEN IN REVOLT AGAINST THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT. M. TSHOMBE, AT EVERY STOP ON THE TOUR, FOUND NO SIGN OF DISCONTENT AMONG KATANGA'S MILITARY, ALTHOUGH THE GENDARMERIE, ESTIMATED AT 3000 STRONG, HAS REFUSED TO BE INTEGRATED WITH THE CONGOLESE NATIONAL ARMY.

    CHEERS, PARADES AND SMILING WELCOMES FROM LOCAL OFFICIALS WERE REPEATED AT OTHER STOPS - KOLWEZI, KISENGA AND SANDOA. ALMOST EVERYWHERE, M. TSHOMBE WAS MOBBED BY CROWDS AND GENDARMES AND MILITARY POLICE HAD TROUBLE IN KEEPING CROWDS BACK.

    THE AFFECTIONATE DEMONSTRATION OF THE PEOPLE OF KATANGA, ACCORDING TO OBSERVERS, SHOWED THAT THE PROVINCE APPEARED TO BE FREE FROM DISAFFECTION WITH THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT. HOWEVER, M. TSHOMBE DELAYED HIS DEPARTURE FROM KOLWEZI TO ENSURE THAT A TEAM OF UNITED NATIONS EXPERTS WERE ABLE TO ARRIVE SAFELY AND TAKE UP THEIR JOBS.

    HIS TOUR RAN TO SCHEDULE DESPITE THE FACT THAT IN LEOPOLDVILLE FRICTION BROKE OUT BETWEEN THE CONGOLESE GOVERNMENT AND THE OAU, FOLLOWING A REPORT THAT THE RECONCILIATION COMMISSION PLANNED TO RECEIVE A DELEGATION OF STANLEYVILLE REBELS AND ALSO PROPOSED TO SEND A MISSION TO AMERICA TO ASK PRESIDENT JOHNSON TO STOP SENDING MILITARY AID TO THE CONGO.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA86S069Q169T2EAON5FLENZQF7
    Media URN:
    VLVA86S069Q169T2EAON5FLENZQF7
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/09/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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