Making his first official visit to any part of the Congo outside Leopoldville, President Kasavubu arrived at Coquilhatville Dec. 20.
GV. Troops lined up on airport.
CU. Ditto.. present arms.
SV. PAN.. Colonel Mobutu reviews troops.
SV. Malayan U.N. Troops at present areas.
SCU. PAN.. Colonel Mobutu reviews above
LV. Plane taxies in
CU. Cockpit of plane.
SV. President Kasavubu and Bomboko leave airport.
LV. Ditto.. SHAKES personalities hand.
SV. Flowers presented to President.
TRAVEL SHOT.. PAST.. People on roadside as President's car passes.
NEARER TRAVEL SHOT.. President in car.. passing people on roadside.
TRAVEL SHOT. President's car passing cheering crowds.
TV. Kasavubu shakes hands with various people lined up on roadside.
TV. Pressmen in car.
CU. PAN.. Kasavubu walking past people.
SV. Very young boy presents flowers to Kasavubu.
SCU Kasavubu kisses small boy.
SV. Kasavubu walks past guard of honour.
GV. Children applauded in street.
CLOSE TRAVEL SHOT.. Kasavubu waves from car.
TRAVEL SHOT.. Past cheering people on roadside.
GV. Presidents car arrives for parade.
GV Crowded street.
SV Bomboko, President and Col. Mobutu on reviewing base.
LV. Troops march past in parade.
CU Bomboko and President watch.
TV. Troops march in Parade.
SCU Girl Guides march past saluting base.
LV. Small children in parade.
SV. Crowd and troops.
GV. Vehicles in parade.. with large guns.
CU. President Kasavubu watches parade.
LV. Vehicles in parade.
SCU. PAN.. Vehicle in parade with anti-aircraft gun following.
LV. Band plays and Officer in charge salutes with sword.
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Background: Making his first official visit to any part of the Congo outside Leopoldville, President Kasavubu arrived at Coquilhatville Dec. 20. As the President- resplendent in a white uniform- was followed down the aircraft's steps by Foreign Minister Bomboko, and was greeted by army chief Colonel Mobutu.
After an inspection of a guard of honour comprised of Congolese and Malayan United Nations troops, the President and Colonel Mobutu drove in state through this Jungle fringed town, capital of the Equator Province.
Later, the two leaders took the salute at a thirty minute march past of five hundred very smart troops, many of whom had travelled with Mobutu by riverboats from Leopoldville. Following the troops came groups of youth organisations, and small children from local missionary schools.
The visit and parade were interpreted as a show of strength to consolidate the Kasavubu government's prestige in this uncertain Province.
When questioned earlier in the day on his intentions towards he defiant Orientale Province, Colonel Mobutu said he did not take threats of Communist intervention too seriously. He said no immediate military action was planned against the rebels, "We do not wish to shed Congolese blood unnecessarily." The colonel said a blockade had been imposed, and with their supply lines cut the rebels could not last for long. "If the eastern nations intervene, then we shall have to reconsider our position," he ended.