The Congo: Cheers & Beers

THE CONGO

Back to Leopoldville from a week-long tour of his native Katanga flew Premier Moise Tshombe. He had ceaselessly exhorted rural Africans to till the land and urban Africans to keep their hands out of the till, and had been cheered to the echo wherever he went. His most delicate mission, however, was to soothe the 4,000 grumbling ex-gendarmes who once served him admirably in the old secessionist days, and who had waited with forlorn fidelity in Angola during Tshombe's exile from the Congo. Now the troops were billeted uncomfortably in railroad boxcars at the mining town of Kolwezi,...

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