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    ACTING ON BEHALF OF BELGIUM'S KING BAUDOUIN, THE BELGIAN AMBASSADOR TO CONGO-KINSHASA, M. PAUL BIHIN,?

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    ACTING ON BEHALF OF BELGIUM'S KING BAUDOUIN, THE BELGIAN AMBASSADOR TO CONGO-KINSHASA, M. PAUL BIHIN, RECENTLY CONFERRED UPON GENERAL VICTOR LUNDULA THE CROSS OF A COMMANDER OF THE ORDER OF LEOPOLD.

    ACCORDING TO THE CITATION, THIS HIGH DISTINCTION WAS AWARDED TO THE CONGOLESE GENERAL IN RECOGNITION OF HIS 'COURAGEOUS CONDUCT AT LIKASSI AND KISANGANI -- AT THAT TIME STANLEYVILLE -- IN 1960, WHEN, UNDER THE MOST DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES, HE SUCCEEDED IN MAINTAINING LAW AND ORDER, PROTECTING THE SAFETY OF THE INHABITANTS AND THEIR PROPERTY'.

    GENERAL LUNDULA WAS COMMANDER OF THE ARMED FORCES IN THE STANLEYVILLE REGIME OF ANTOINE GIZENGA. BORN IN 1911 IN THE SAME VILLAGE -- IN THE SANKURU DISTRICT OF KASAI PROVINCE -- AS MR. PATRICE LUMUMBA, THE CONGO'S FIRST PRIME MINISTER, HE ENTERED THE FORCE PUBLIQUE AND ROSE TO THE RANK OF SERGEANT.

    ON 9 JULY 1960, TEN DAYS AFTER THE CONGO HAD ATTAINED ITS INDEPENDENCE FROM BELGIUM, HE WAS APPOINTED BY MR. LUMUMBA AS COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE ARMED FORCES IN PLACE OF THE BELGIAN, GENERAL JANSSENS.

    DURING THE CRISIS THAT FOLLOWED, GENERAL LUNDULA WAS PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR SAVING THE LIVES OF MANY EUROPEANS AND CONGOLESE AND FOR CHECKING ARMED CONFLICT WHEREVER POSSIBLE.

    IN SEPTEMBER 1960, WHEN PRESIDENT KASAVUBU TRIED TO DISMISS MR. LUMUMBA FROM HIS POST AS PRIME MINISTER, GENERAL LUNDULA WAS IMPRISONED FOR TWO MONTHS. HE WAS RELEASED AT THE END OF NOVEMBER 1960.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABWAUS7WX0YSWAX8J7ADHY8FT8
    Media URN:
    VLVABWAUS7WX0YSWAX8J7ADHY8FT8
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/07/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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