In Congo-Kinshasa, the tomb of the mother of President Joseph Mobutu has already become a place of pilgrimage.
GV Tomb of Mme. Mobutu
SV & BV Members of the government and Political Bureau walking to cemetery
SV & CU Wreaths laid (4 shots)
SV Leaders standing at graveside (4 shots)
GV People at graveside
WIPE TO LV aircraft taxing
CU Officials waiting
CU Aircraft steps lowered
CU Official waiting
SV President Tombalbaye down steps and greeted
SV Tombalbaye and party past camera
CU Women watch
CU Various shots of Chad party greeted (2 shots)
GV Officials into cemetery
SV & CU Tombalbaye at graveside
GV Tombalbaye lays wreath
SV Leaders at graveside
CU Tombalbaye at graveside
WIPE TO LV people waiting
SV Officials wait
SV Boat and CU ditto
SV Mobutu shaking hands with officials
SV Mobutu and party down gangway
SV Mobutu and wife shaking hands with officials (2 shots)
EDITORS: WE REFER YOUR ATTENTION TO PRODUCTION NO. 5751/71, "CONGO-KINSHASA: PRESIDENT MOBUTU AND PRESIDENT BOKASSA ATTEND FUNERAL SERVICE OF PRESIDENT MOBUTU'S MOTHER," SERVICED MAY 22nd, 1971.
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Background: In Congo-Kinshasa, the tomb of the mother of President Joseph Mobutu has already become a place of pilgrimage. The tomb, in Gemena, has been visited in the last few weeks by Chad head of state, President Francois Tombalbaye, and by leaders of the Congolese Government and Political Bureau.
Last week, President Mobutu and his wife returned by river from Gemena. On landing, they received the condolences from members of the government and from diplomats.
SYNOPSIS: The tomb of the mother of President Mobutu, Congo-Kinshasa's head of state, has already become a place of pilgrimage for the Congolese people. Shortly after the funeral last month, the tomb, in Gemena, was visited by a delegation of political leaders. A group of government members was led by the Minister of the Interior, M. Edouard Bulundwe. Citizen Alphonse Kithima led members of the Political Bureau. The leaders had unanimously decided to keep alive the memory of Marie Madeleine Yemo -- affectionately known as Mama Mobutu -- by naming the General Hospital at Kinshasa after her.
From abroad, President Francois Tombalbaye of Chad made a special flight to visit the grave. He had been unable to make the visit in time for the funeral ceremonies. But he flew in as soon as possible. He was greeted by local officials in the absence of President Joseph Mobutu, who was by then on his way back to the capital by river.
President Tombalbaye was accompanied by a high-ranking party of leaders from Chad.
At the cemetery, President Tombalbaye spoke of the great esteem in which President Mobutu's mother had been held in Chad. For this reason, he had decided to award her posthumously the title of an Officer of Civic Merit in Chad. Meme Mobutu had died, aged about seventy two, after a long illness.
Government leaders waited at the Bay of Ngaliema to welcome President Mobutu and his wife after their return trip from Gemena by river. During her lifetime, President Mobutu's mother had gained a reputation for her wisdom, and many of her sayings are widely known among the Congolese people.