President Idi Amin of Uganda could be suffering a lack of some provisions as he celebrates the eighth anniversary of taking over his east African country this month.
President Idi Amin of Uganda could be suffering a lack of some provisions as he celebrates the eighth anniversary of taking over his east African country this month. The freezing and bitter weather in Britain has grounded down the trade shuttle aircraft that normally fly each week between London's Stansted airport and Entebbe in Uganda.
SYNOPSIS: The shuttle involves two Boeing 707's of Ugandan Airways. On Wednesday (24 January), one jet slid off the runway at Stansted -- London's third airport -- as it was landing, and bogged down in mud. The eleven people on board were unhurt, but the airfield had to be closed.
Ugandan Airways bring in coffee from their country, and fly out goods which are scarce in Uganda. The goods delayed at Stansted include medical and educational supplies, construction materials and television equipment. The airline has strongly denied stories in British newspapers, which referred to outward flights from UK as "whisky runs', carrying supplies of the spirit, and brandy as well, for president Amin's troops.
The shuttle suffered a potential setback last December, when Pan American Airways said it was stopping all supplies of spares and maintenance material for the aircraft. This was forced on Pan American by President Carter's ban on trade between the Untied States and Uganda.