Belgium wants to emphasize rural development in its co-operation with Zaire and has invited African officials to Brussels for discussion.
GV President Mobutu leaves aircraft and waving crowds (2 SHOTS)
SV Mr. Mobutu walks from helicopter and waves to crowds (5 SHOTS)
GV Mr. Mobutu in open Landrover waving to crowds (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN Mobutu greeting tribal elders
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Background: Belgium wants to emphasize rural development in its co-operation with Zaire and has invited African officials to Brussels for discussion. The Belgian Development Aid Minister, Mark Eyskens, explained the idea to Zaire's Prime Minister, Bo-Boliko Lolonga at a meeting in Brussels. Meanwhile Zaire's President Mobutu Sese Seko has been making a tour of rural areas in Zaire's interior.
SYNOPSIS: President Mobutu's nationwide tour of his own country was billed as an inspection tour. But it served many purposes. He saw the trip as proof that the population of Zaire was still faithful to his leadership. large crowds turned out as he arrived at rural towns. Here he flies by helicopter into Bandundu. Mr. Mobutu said the trip gave him an opportunity to keep in touch with his people from diverse walks of life. He spent considerable time hearing from various leaders in the region about the problems that most concerned them.
Most of the grievances expressed to Mr. Mobutu centred around financial difficulties experienced by the agricultural sector. Farmers told him they were struggling to sell their products. They cited the poor state of the transport network, particularly the roads, as contributing to this problem. there was also a call for more health centres, better maintenance of medical equipment and regular deliveries of medicines to rural areas.