The former King of Burundi, King Ntare the Fifth, was killed on Saturday (29 April) night by dissidents trying to release him from house arrest in the eastern town of Gitega, according to Burundi's voice of the Revolution Radio.
KINSHASA, 1966 (4196/72) GV Crowd around aircraft.
SV Right to left of camera - Murumbi, President Mobutu Sese Seko and King Ntare -- standing on airport tarmac. (3 shots)
SV Guard of honour
LV King Ntare, Murumbi, and President Mobutu inspect guard of honour. (2 shots)
SV King Ntare and Murumti shake hands with Congolese officials.
LV Workers lock n
SV Murumbi and King meeting officials (2 shots)
CU Military official.
GV King and President Mobutu into car.
GV PAN FROM crowds to motorcade driving off.
BURUNDI, 1972 GV Bujumbua 365/72
GV Street scene
LV Street sign "Avenue Patrice Lumumba".
GV Street scene.
Initials VS/21.00 VS/21.18
This film, from the Visnews Library, includes material from 1966 -- the year King Ntare was deposed. He was visiting the Zaire Republic -- then Congo-Kinshasa -- when President Micombero announced that the monarchy had been overthrown and a republic established. The film also incudes scenes of Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, filmed earlier this year.
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Background: The former King of Burundi, King Ntare the Fifth, was killed on Saturday (29 April) night by dissidents trying to release him from house arrest in the eastern town of Gitega, according to Burundi's voice of the Revolution Radio. The announcement was made on Sunday (30 April) following reports stating that the tiny central African republic -- between the Zaire Republic and Tanzania -- had crushed an attempted coup in which a number of troops and civilians were killed.
According to the radio, the 25-year-old ex-King died when dissidents attacked Gitega as part of an unsuccessful attempt to overthrow the government of President Michael Micombero.
The former King was overthrown by President Micombero in 1966 and was arrested when he returned unannounced to Burundi from axile late last month. He'd been accused of leading white mercenaries in an attempt to regain his throns. Shortly after his arrest, the Uganda Government published documents claiming to show that President Micombero had assured Uganda's President Idi Amin that the former King would be granted an amnesty.
President Amin had offered to negotiate between the Burundi authorities and the former King. King Ntare was overthrown only four months after he'd come to power by ousting King Mwanbutsa -his father.
SYNOPSIS: It was in 1966 that a large crowd waited at Kinshasa airport to great Burundi's new King, Ntare the Fifth -- standing here on the left. But it was on that trip that he was deposed by the tiny central african republic's current President, Michael micombero. And on Sunday, Burundi's radio announced that the former King had died in an abortive coup the day before. According to the radio, 25-year-old ex-King died when dissidents tried to release him from house arrest in the eastern town of Gitaga. Others also died in the coup attempt, the radio said.
The former King had come to power only months before his trip to Kinshasa when he'd ousted his father, King Muanbutea. But after he was ousted in a bloodless coup by President Micombero, he want to live in exile in Europe. But in late March, he returned unannounced to Gurundi's capital, Bujumtura.
When he returned to Bujumburs, filmed here recently, he was seized and placed under house arrest. He'd been accused of leading white mercenaries in an effort to regain the throne. But the Uganda Government published documents claiming to show what President Micombero had assured Uganda's President Amin, who's offered to mediate, that the former King would be granted an amnesty. But he want released. And, according to the radio, died in the attempt to overthrow President Micombero.