The National Police Force of the Congo Democratic Republic celebrated its fifth anniversary last week (Tuesday, July 20) with country-wide parades.
GV President Mobutu taking salute
SV Mobutu taking salute
SV Other leaders
SV PAN Mobutu inspects police (4 shots)
SV Minister of Interior speaking (Le Minister de.....)
SV Mobutu seated listening
CU People listen
SV President speaks
SV People listening
SV People listen
GV People clap
SV Mobutu takes salute
SV PAN Police march past (les policiers qui defile.....) (5 shots)
CU Police watching
SIDE V Mobutu
SV Women police march past
TRANSCRIPT: COMMENTATOR: "President Mobutu presided over a military parade organised at Camp Lufungula to mark the fifth anniversary of the National Congolese Police. The last five years have seen the complete reorganisation of the police services within a national frame. This reform was commemorated throughout the country. M. Bulundwe, the Minister of the Interior, summing up the activities of the five years of existence of the National Police, recalled the chaos existing prior to the decrees of President Mobutu instituting a National Police. Its unification under one command has turned it into an elite nation-wide corps. The policemen who marched in Kinshasa in front of President Mobutu are proud to belong to the big legion of those who protect order in all the territories of the country. Their colleagues of the interior were marching at the same step and at the same time and in the same unity of action and responsibilities which is also shared by the women's brigades. This accentuates the social character of the National congolese Police."
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Background: The National Police Force of the Congo Democratic Republic celebrated its fifth anniversary last week (Tuesday, July 20) with country-wide parades. One such parade, in Kinshasa, was attended by President Mobutu, who was responsible for creating the force out of 22 separate regionally-administered police forces.
SYNOPSIS: The National Police Force of the Congo Democratic Republic celebrated its fifth anniversary last week, and parades were held through the country to mark the event. One such parade, at Camp Lu fungula in Kinshasa, the country's capital, was attended by President Mobutu. It was President Mobutu who, five years ago, created the National Force out of 22 separate regionally-administered police forces.
The country's Minister of Interior Monsieur Edouard Bulundwe, spoke at the parade to say that prior to the creation of the National Police Force, chaos had existed throughout the country. Its unification under one command, he said, had turned into an elite nation-wide corps.
The chaos referred to by Monsieur Bulundwe included the rebellion on several battalions of Katangese provincial gendarmes, who mutinies in Kisangani in 1966. Since the re-organisation of the police, however, no trouble has been reported in the force--where, according to official reports, moral is very high.