President Mobutu Sese Seko flew to Matadi, capital of Bas-Zaire, last week to inspect a new ship that will be sailing under the colours of the Zaire merchant fleet -- the 13,000-ton motor vessel Kananga.
GV & SV Mobutu arrives in open car and waves to crowd (2 shots)
SV & GV Mobutu walks to guard of honour and is saluted
SV PAN Women in crowd
GV & SV Mobutu inspects guard and greets naval officers (6 shots)
GV & SV Ship Kananga (3 shots)
SV Mobutu and others up gangplank
SV PAN INT Mobutu walking around ship
SV & CU Mobutu being shown equipment (3 shots)
PRESIDENT ARRIVING BY OPEN CAR AND WAVING TO CROWD: VARIOUS SHOTS OF PRESIDENT INSPECTING GUARD: NEW SHIP: PRESIDENT UP GANGPLANK AND INSPECTING SHIP.
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Background: President Mobutu Sese Seko flew to Matadi, capital of Bas-Zaire, last week to inspect a new ship that will be sailing under the colours of the Zaire merchant fleet -- the 13,000-ton motor vessel Kananga.
A large crowd greeted the President after he had arrived by helicopter. The captain of the new ship later escorted President Mobutu on a tour of the Vessel.
SYNOPSIS: At Matadi, capital of the region of Bas-Zaire, a warm welcome from large crowds gathered in the Lumumba Stadium awaited President Mobutu Sese Seko. He flew there by helicopter last week for a brief visit.
Officers of the Zairs merchant marine joined members of the forces in greeting the head of state. President Mobutu's visit was scheduled to include an inspection tour of the latest ship to join Zaire's merchant fleet.
The new vessel is the Kananga, a thirteen-thousand ton ship built especially for the Zaire merchant fleet by a firm of Belgian shipbuilders. The Kananga was only commissioned on February the ninth this year. President Mobutu was escorted on an inspection tour by the captain and members of the crew. Besides cargo facilities, the vessel also provides accommodation for sixty passengers.