Tanzanian and Ugandan forces loyal to Uganda's Provisional Government are continuing their methodical offensive on Ugandan territory still in the hands of troops loyal to fugitive President, Idi Amin.
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Background: Tanzanian and Ugandan forces loyal to Uganda's Provisional Government are continuing their methodical offensive on Ugandan territory still in the hands of troops loyal to fugitive President, Idi Amin. Their latest target has been Jinja in eastern Uganda, the country's second largest city and the site of the huge dam which provides the country's power.
SYNOPSIS: The slow, steady foot-march on Jinja has been typical of the Tanzanian take-over of Uganda. Meeting little or no resistance along the way, the two thousand soldiers are not taking any risks. Pleas from ugandan citizens to the new Government to speed-up their march, have so far been ignored. But they have been met with confident assurances from Kampala that slowly, but surely, the whole of Uganda will be liberated.
This march on Jinja, expected to be completed on Friday (20 April) is just one of a network of advances from Kampala to the unclaimed zones. In the north and east of the country, the Tanzanian-Ugandan army fighting for new President Yusufu Lule are gradually purging it of Amin's troops. But with each village they march into they've been met with tales of butchering by marauding bands of Amin's men.
The methodical tactics of the Tanzanian commanders, although effective, have taken their toll. These troops are exhausted and often hungary. They've taken the country on foot, but fuel and vehicle shortages have made feeding an army in Uganda a precarious task.