An estimated 100,000 Ugandans gathered in Kampala on Tuesday (25 January) to watch a three-hour parade by troops and civilians marking the first anniversary of the army coup which last year brought General Idi Amin to power.
An estimated 100,000 Ugandans gathered in Kampala on Tuesday (25 January) to watch a three-hour parade by troops and civilians marking the first anniversary of the army coup which last year brought General Idi Amin to power. The Ugandan President stood on the reviewing stand with foreign guests as the parade moved past.
President Amin had promised Uganda the biggest show Africa had ever seen and the parade on Tuesday marked the climax of six days of celebrations marking the anniversary.
SYNOPSIS: Uganda's President Idi Amin drove into Kampala's main street on Tuesday at the start of what he'd promised was going to be the biggest show Africa had ever seen. It was to be a massive parade to mark the first anniversary of the coup which toppled former President Obote and brought General Amin to power. Leading off the marching was a contingent of three thousand troops. police and prison officers. The parade was the climax to six days of celebrations and it fell on the exact anniversary of the coup. An estimated hundred thousand people were on hand to watch.
General Amin stood on the reviewing stand to take the salute.
The marchers on foot were followed by wave after wave of military equipment, including these armoured cars. General Amin later said that the parade had demonstrated the government's success in uniting Ugandans. He also declared the following day a public holiday.
After the armoured cars came troop carriers and artillery pieces. The military displays was followed by tribesmen from northeast Uganda who were dressed in colourful traditional garb.
One hundred decorated floats representing the work of government ministries rolled by. Many foreign guests were among those watching the parade. Crown Prince Asfa Wossen of Ethiopia and Kenya's Housing Minister, Paul Ngae, were among them.
As at other functions during the five previous days of celebrations, there was little speech-making. As the last of the marchers passed, General Amin left. Later, he was host at a luncheon attended by a number of foreign delegations.