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Both Bomboko and Delvaux spoke in justification of their action. The chamber voted in favour of invalidating Lumumba’s dismissal. A detachment of Bengala CNA soldiers was sent to Thysville to release their leader, Bolikango, who had been arrested on Lumumba’s order. In Katanga the Tshombe government announced the arrival of the ‘fourth’ delivery of Belgian arms, alleged to be back-orders, while in Washington President Eisenhower expressed his grave concern about the USSR’s intervention in Africa and urged the Soviets to desist.
Collectively, these events did much to break down Congolese national isolation. The authorities’ gradual awareness of the awakening of Congolese nationalism led in December 1957 to limited municipal (commune) elections, and in July 1958 the Belgian government established a special study group on constitutional reform, which was to report its re ommendations by January 1959. In August 1958 the Belgian Colonial Ministry was renamed the Ministry of the Congo, Ruanda and Urundi, and the following month a new minister, Maurice van Hemelrijck, was appointed.
Known as the Congo Portfolio, concessions to run huge plantations for the production of tropical fruits, cotton, pyrethrum, rubber, coffee, tea, cocoa and other exportable high-grade cash crops, or to mine minerals or mass produce goods were awarded to international groups, to the exclusion of Congolese but not necessarily Belgians. Concessionaires were required either to share their equity with the government of the colony or to contribute to its budget in some way, as well as to develop their own infrastructures and provide social services for their workers.