The funeral service for "maman" Mobutu, the mother of President Joseph-Desire Mobutu of Congo-Kinshasa was held in Gemena on Wednesday (19 May).
GV EXT. Church where funeral service was held
SV Cardinal & priest enter & priest enter church
SV Mobutu & other members of family
SV Cardinal conducting service (3 shots)
SV Members of congregation
SV Cardinal TILT TO coffin (2 shots)
GV Coffin carried out of church (2 shots)
SV Mobutu & others follow coffin (2 shots)
SV Coffin placed at graveside
GV Mourners around coffin
SV Cardinal & other mourners pay last respects (3 shots)
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Background: The funeral service for "maman" Mobutu, the mother of President Joseph-Desire Mobutu of Congo-Kinshasa was held in Gemena on Wednesday (19 May).
The President and his family were at the service, and paid their last respects at the graveside. Mrs Mobutu had been ill for a long time. President Jean-Claude Bokassa of the Central African Republic was also there. She was about 72 years old.
In mid-January, President Mobutu paid a special visit to his mother. Visnews serviced this story under Production No. 760/A/71.
SYNOPSIS: "Maman" Mobutu, the mother of President Joseph Mobutu of Congo-Kinshasa died on Tuesday morning, at the age of about 72. She had been ill for a long time. The funeral service was held on Wednesday in Gemena, where she spent her life. President Mobutu and his family were among the mourners. A service was held in the Church where she always went to pray. Among the guests was the President of the Central African Republic, Jean-Claude Bokassa.
There were messages of condolence to President Mobutu from many quarters of the country, and neighbouring states. His mother was widely accepted as a wise woman. She is responsible for many sayings that have gone down as guiding lines for her son's rule. Among these, is "One should work more and more for the people, they will like you all the more".
Another of "Maman" Mobutu's widely-quoted guiding lines is "Be good to the foreigners who live in our country".
The coffin of Madame Marie-Madeleine Yomo Mobutu was laid to rest in the cemetery, accompanied by the mourners, paying their last respects