Uganda's new President, Dr. Yusufu Lule, is making a major effort to impose order on?
Uganda's new President, Dr. Yusufu Lule, is making a major effort to impose order on his country -- left in chaos by its fugitive former president, Idi Amin. Ugandan State Radio has broadcast appeals to citizens in an effort to halt the wave of looting which has swept Kampala.
Thousands of shops have been stripped bare following the capture of Kampala by a Tanzanian army and exiled Ugandan troops. But, by tuesday (17 April), the 'liberation' forces only occupied about one third of the country. Several pockets of resistance have been reported, particularly on the road to Jinja -- Uganda's second city.
SYNOPSIS: On Easter Sunday (15 April), Ugandans flocked to churches to give thanks for Idi Amin's downfall. Roman Catholic Cardinal, Emmanuel Nsubuga, referred to the wave of looting in his Easter sermon. He said Kampala resembled ancient Jerusalem after it was sacked by the Romans. The city's Treasury is empty, food is scarce, and medical supplies are urgently needed.
Many of the worshippers here, at Rubanga Cathedral, prayed for relatives of friends still missing after the change in government. One schoolteacher said he was praying for his father who lives in the Northern town of Gulu, which is not yet in Government hands.
Other members of the congregation admitted there was little hope of finding their missing relatives still alive. In areas beyond the new government's control, lawless gangs of Idi Amin's troops are said to be roaming about, killing and looting.
Uganda's entire civil administration will have to be rebuilt -- a daunting task for President Lule. Foreign aid running into millions of dollars is urgently needed. But there are encouraging signs. In the capital, power has been restored, and some civil police are back on the streets to prevent further looting.