• Short Summary

    A MILITARY CEREMONY OUTSIDE THE LEGISLATIVE BUILDING IN LOBATSI BECHUANALAND, WAS WATCHED BY A LARGE CROWD YESTERDAY (TUESDAY).

  • Description

    A MILITARY CEREMONY OUTSIDE THE LEGISLATIVE BUILDING IN LOBATSI BECHUANALAND, WAS WATCHED BY A LARGE CROWD YESTERDAY (TUESDAY).THE CEREMONY PRECEDED THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE NEW PARLIAMENT.MR.SERETSE KHAMA, THE PRIME MINISTER AND OTHER CABINET MEMBERS WATCHED THE PARADE WHICH WAS INSPECTED BY THE QUEEN'S COMMISSIONER IN BECHUANALAND, SIR PETER FAWCUS.

    MR.SERETSE KHAMA WAS ACCOMPANIED AT THE CEREMONY BY HIS WIFE, ENGLISH-BORN RUTH.HIS MARRIAGE IN 1948 LED TO SERETSE KHAMA'S EXILE IN BRITAIN FOR SEVERAL YEARS.

    SIR PETER FAWCUS INSPECTED THE SOLDIERS DURING THE PARADE.IN THE NEW PARLIAMENT HE WILL HANDLE THE PROTECTORATE'S FOREIGN AFFAIRS.DURING THE OPENING CEREMONY HE PRESENTED A MEDAL TO THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR.C.J.HUNTER.

    THE NEW PARLIAMENT WAS ELECTED EARLIER THIS MONTH.MR.SERETSE KHAMA'S DEMOCRATIC PARTY WAS SWEPT TO VICTORY WITH 28 OF THE 31 SEATS.THE OTHER THREE WERE WON BY THE BECHUANALAND PEOPLE'S PARTY LED BY MR.PHILIP MATANTE.

    BECHUANALAND HOPES TO RECEIVE FULL INDEPENDENCE WITHIN A FEW MONTHS.WHEN SHE DOES, BECHUANALAND WILL BE THE FIRST BLACK AFRICAN STATE TO HAVE A COMMON BORDER WITH SOUTH AFRICA.

    THE COUNTRY AT PRESENT FACES TWO MAJOR PROBLEMS.THE FIRST IS ITS ECONOMY.MUCH OF THE LAND IS DESERT AND IN URGENT NEED OF ADEQUATE IRRIGATION.A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF DAIRYING AND CATTLE RAISING IS DONE -- AND A SMALL QUANTITY OF GOLD, SILVER, MANGANESE AND ASBESTOS IS EXCAVATED.THE OTHER PROBLEM IS THE PRECARIOUS POLITICAL POSITION.MR.SERETSE KHAMA BELIEVES IN A POLICY OF MULTI-RACIALISM, AND AT THE SAME TIME HOPES TO HAVE FRIENDLY RELATIONS WITH SOUTH AFRICA.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8HB694H287QLRVZM0AEVT9283
    Media URN:
    VLVA8HB694H287QLRVZM0AEVT9283
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/03/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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