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    The funeral service for "maman" Mobutu, the mother of President Joseph-Desire Mobutu of Congo-Kinshasa was held in Gemena on Wednesday (19 May).

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    The funeral service for "maman" Mobutu, the mother of President Joseph-Desire Mobutu of Congo-Kinshasa was held in Gemena on Wednesday (19 May).

    The President and his family were at the service, and paid their last respects at the graveside. Mrs Mobutu had been ill for a long time. President Jean-Claude Bokassa of the Central African Republic was also there. She was about 72 years old.

    In mid-January, President Mobutu paid a special visit to his mother. Visnews serviced this story under Production No. 760/A/71.

    SYNOPSIS: "Maman" Mobutu, the mother of President Joseph Mobutu of Congo-Kinshasa died on Tuesday morning, at the age of about 72. She had been ill for a long time. The funeral service was held on Wednesday in Gemena, where she spent her life. President Mobutu and his family were among the mourners. A service was held in the Church where she always went to pray. Among the guests was the President of the Central African Republic, Jean-Claude Bokassa.

    There were messages of condolence to President Mobutu from many quarters of the country, and neighbouring states. His mother was widely accepted as a wise woman. She is responsible for many sayings that have gone down as guiding lines for her son's rule. Among these, is "One should work more and more for the people, they will like you all the more".

    Another of "Maman" Mobutu's widely-quoted guiding lines is "Be good to the foreigners who live in our country".

    The coffin of Madame Marie-Madeleine Yomo Mobutu was laid to rest in the cemetery, accompanied by the mourners, paying their last respects

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAOPI837O1PTTUFHWOHY3ODQ6H
    Media URN:
    VLVAAOPI837O1PTTUFHWOHY3ODQ6H
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/05/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
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    N/A

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