• Short Summary

    THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF THE M.P.R., THE CONGO'S RULING POLITICAL PARTY, IS BEING CELEBRATED IN?

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    WORKMEN PREPARING CITY FOR CELEBRATIONS.




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF THE M.P.R., THE CONGO'S RULING POLITICAL PARTY, IS BEING CELEBRATED IN KISANGANI THIS WEEK WITH PRESIDENT JOSEPH MOBUTU PAYING HOST TO HEADS OF FIVE OTHER AFRICAN STATES.

    ALL WEEK WORKMEN HAVE BEEN PREPARING THE TOWN FOR THE ANNIVERSARY WITH CHIEF BURGOMASTER NTONDELE LENDING A HAND WITH THE WORK.

    THE CHOICE OF KISANGANI AS THE VENUE FOR THE MAIN CELEBRATION IS SEEN AS A MOVE TO EMPHASISE THE PEACE AND UNITY FOR EXISTING UNDER THE MOBUTU REGIME.

    FORMERLY STANLEYVILLE, THIS TOWN HAS BECOME A SYMBOL OF CHAOS AND ANARCHY. IN 1964 AN ESTIMATED 100,000 CONGOLESE DIED IN THE SIMEAS UPRISING WHICH WAS EVENTUALLY CRUSHED BY BELGIUM PARATROOPERS AND MERCENARIES.

    DESPITE ITS NAME CHANGE THE TOWN HAS STILL NOT FULLY RECOVERED FROM THE DAMAGE OF 1964 AND REMAINED IN A STRICKEN STATE UNTIL IT WAS CHOSEN AS THE SCENE FOR THE CELEBRATIONS.

    AMONG THE GUESTS WILL BE PRESIDENT MICHAEL MICOMBERO OF BURUNDI, PRESIDENT FRANCOIS TOMBALBAYE OF CHAD, PRESIDENT ISMAIL EL AZHARI OF SUDAN, PRESIDENT MILTON OBOTE OF UGANDA AND PRESIDENT KENNETH KUANDA OF ZAMBIA.

    THE CELEBRATIONS IN KISANGANI WILL BE SUPPLEMENTED BY FESTIVITIES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4CIY7199OG7QCE70ZSH5O6109
    Media URN:
    VLVA4CIY7199OG7QCE70ZSH5O6109
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/05/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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