Members of Zaire's armed forces have been learning new combat skills from Chinese instructors. Some?
Members of Zaire's armed forces have been learning new combat skills from Chinese instructors. Some of the graduates of a recent training course demonstrated their abilities for the President of Zaire, President Mobutu Seso Seko.
SYNOPSIS: President Mobutu Sese Seko arrived by military helicopter to inspect the results of the training. The demonstration was held in Kisangani. Also present were officials of the government and security forces, and representatives from China. Instructors from several countries are helping to train Zaire's security forces following difficulties maintaining order in the troubled shaba province, and guerrilla attacks.
The Chinese contribution consists of 26 instructors who have been training a commando brigade. Difficulties with language and the availability of facilities that delayed the start of training were overcome.
The recent history of President Mobutu's Zaire has been troubled, and outside help has been needed to quell unrest. Troops from Morocco, Togo, Gabon, Senegal and Ivory Coast were stationed in Shaba province after French and Belgian forces helped defeat Katangese force in the region in May 1978. But now the forces of the inter-African Peace Keeping Force have returned home, but instructors from China, Morocco, Belgium and France are helping train Zaire's own forces.
Kisangani, formerly known as stanleyville, has itself shared in Zaire's troubled history. The normal commercial and social activities of the community virtually halted between 1964 to 1967 because of political instability, and President Mobutu laid a wreath on a memorial to those who died.
After watching the demonstration and attending the remembrance service, President Mobutu visited a nearby village on the banks of the Zaire River.