• Short Summary

    HUNDREDS OF BALUBA TRIBESMEN GATHERED IN THE SQUARE IN THE CENTRE OF ELISABETHVILLE RECENTLY, FOR A CEREMONY TO MARK THE RECONCILIATION WITH THE KATANGESE PEOPLE.

  • Description

    HUNDREDS OF BALUBA TRIBESMEN GATHERED IN THE SQUARE IN THE CENTRE OF ELISABETHVILLE RECENTLY, FOR A CEREMONY TO MARK THE RECONCILIATION WITH THE KATANGESE PEOPLE.

    ON ONE SIDE OF THE SQUARE, COMMANDO UNITS WERE LINED UP.MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT AND CITY OFFICIALS TOOK UP PLACES OF HONOUR BEFORE THE LARGE CROWD.PRESIDENT TSHOMBE WAS REPRESENTED BY TWO MINISTERS, MR.KIMBA AND MR.MUNONGO.

    THE CROWD GAVE AND ENTHUSIASTIC WELCOME TO MR.ILEO, THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT MINISTER RESIDING IN KATANGA.SOON AFTER HE ARRIVED, BALUBA SOLDIERS FROM A NEARBY CAMP JOINED THE CROWD IN THE SQUARE.THEY WERE LED BY MR.JASON SENDWE, LEADER OF THE BALUBAKAT AND A FORMER VICE-PREMIER OF THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT.BEHIND THE SOLDIERS CAME WOMEN AND CHILDREN ALL WEARING THEIR TRADITIONAL COSTUME.

    MR.SENDWE, IN A SPEECH TO THE CROWD, TOLD THEM THAT THE RECONCILIATION WAS A GREAT ADVANCE FOR KATANGA.

    MR.MUNONGO SAID THE CEREMONY WAS "A PRELUDE TO THE UNION OF THE WHOLE OF THE CONGO." HE TOLD THE BALUBAS THAT AS A TOKEN OF RECONCILIATION, THE "GOVERNMENT OFFERS YOU TWO COWS AND A LORRY LOAD OF BEER AND DRINKS."
    AFTER A BALUBA TRIBESMAN HAD REPLIED, THE SOLDIERS LAID THEIR WEAPONS AT THE FEET OF MR.ILEO IN A SYMBOLIC GESTURE.TO SHOW THEIR ACCEPTANCE, ONE KATANGESE SOLDIER ADDED A RIFLE TO THE PILE OF WEAPONS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC7B6L3BVUXBSVOEYM2R2S0WDZ
    Media URN:
    VLVAC7B6L3BVUXBSVOEYM2R2S0WDZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/04/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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