President Tshombe continued his tour of Katanga province in the Congo Republic, Mar 50, with visits to town and villages near the border with Portuguese Angola.
President Tshombe continued his tour of Katanga province in the Congo Republic, Mar 50, with visits to town and villages near the border with Portuguese Angola. He was given enthusiastic welcomes by Africans and Europeans wherever he went.
As he travelled towards Dilolo, he made a number of tops. He addressed crows from the window of his train - and on more than one occasion African children ran after the train when he was departing. Typical of the big welcomes he received was at Nutshatsha, where despite driving rain, large crowds had assembled. He visited a public dispensary, and at Kolwezi drove into the "Boulevard President Tshombe".
But Katanga was soon to become a new focal point in the Congo crisis. On Apl 2, he ordered obstacles to be set up on the airfield at Elisabethville should Indian troops of the United Nations try to arrive there. Their arrival. President Tshombe said, could mean a "declaration of war". Some troops had arrived the previous day at Kamina in a bid to prevent fighting between rival Congolese. On Apl 4, however, Swedish troops of the UN force arrested a platoon of Belgian-led Katanga soldiers trying to take control of Elisabethville airport under cover of darkness.