New demonstrations in support of ousted President Yusufu Lule flared in Kampala on Monday (25 June).
New demonstrations in support of ousted President Yusufu Lule flared in Kampala on Monday (25 June). Protestors set up road blocks, burned barricades and stoned vehicles in an effort to stop workers and food supplies getting to the capital. Tanzanian and Ugandan soldiers fired over the heads of demonstrators in efforts to disperse them. Last week three people died and fifty were injured during pro-Lule demonstrations.
SYNOPSIS: On Monday, demonstrators used tyres and timber to set up the burning barricades. The army moved in to clear the streets and the government warned that anyone trying to stop workers getting to work would face serious consequences. Graffiti in support of former President Lule has appeared all over the capital and demonstrators were vocal in their support for him.
Demonstrators stole vehicles and set them alight. Cars were stoned and people trying to get to work were beaten up. At one stage troops opened fire when more than six hundred demonstrators tried to stop five cars containing eight of the new government's Ministers. They were trying to drive from Kampala to the Presidential Palace at Entebbe to meet the new President, Godfrey Binaisa.
Food is becoming scarce. Most sh??? are closed and those that did open on Monday had sold all their stocks within hours.
Diplomatic observers in Kampala say that, since the Uganda National Liberation Front took over from Idi Amin, old political divisions have resurfaced and the possibility of violence remains.
One the same day, Amin's former aide, Bob Astles, appeared in court in Kampala -- along with a former Ugandan policeman.
And in court was Mr. Ian Duncan, a young solicitor sent out by a London law firm to represent Mr. Astles.
The two men have been charged with robbery and theft. The court decided to remand Mr. Astles in custody. He will reappear in court in August. He already faces a further trial in Kampala for the murder of a Ugandan fisherman on Lake Victoria last year. The remand is to allow Ugandan police officials time to gather more evidence.
Meanwhile Uganda is seeking the return of more of Amin's ministers and officials, many of whom are in Kenya. Five arrived in Kampala last Saturday (23 June) and extradition orders are sought for another forty-two men.