• Short Summary

    In Congo-Kinshasa, the tomb of the mother of President Joseph Mobutu has already become a place of pilgrimage.

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    GV Tomb of Mme. Mobutu
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    2.
    SV & BV Members of the government and Political Bureau walking to cemetery
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    3.
    SV & CU Wreaths laid (4 shots)
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    4.
    SV Leaders standing at graveside (4 shots)
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    5.
    GV People at graveside
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    6.
    WIPE TO LV aircraft taxing
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    7.
    CU Officials waiting
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    8.
    CU Aircraft steps lowered
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    CU Official waiting
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    10.
    SV President Tombalbaye down steps and greeted
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    CU Onlookers
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    SV Tombalbaye and party past camera
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    13.
    CU Women watch
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    CU Various shots of Chad party greeted (2 shots)
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    CU Guard
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    SV Tombstones
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    17.
    GV Officials into cemetery
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    18.
    CU Guard
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    19.
    SV & CU Tombalbaye at graveside
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    20.
    GV Tombalbaye lays wreath
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    21.
    CU Wreath
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    22.
    SV Leaders at graveside
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    CU Tombalbaye at graveside
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    24.
    WIPE TO LV people waiting
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    25.
    GV Boat
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    26.
    SV Officials wait
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    27.
    SV Boat and CU ditto
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    SV Mobutu shaking hands with officials
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    SV Mobutu and party down gangway
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    30.
    SV Mobutu and wife shaking hands with officials (2 shots)
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    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.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    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.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA355Q6FKLJ4ABFOCQ2XOTMFSTY
    Media URN:
    VLVA355Q6FKLJ4ABFOCQ2XOTMFSTY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/06/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:31:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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