The new Ugandan President, Yusufu Lule, quit on Wednesday (20 June), just two months after taking office following the overthrow of Idi Amin.
The new Ugandan President, Yusufu Lule, quit on Wednesday (20 June), just two months after taking office following the overthrow of Idi Amin. Professor Lule's shock resignation came during a row over that his role should be. He said he did not wish to see may conflict developing around his personality. A new President, Godrey Binaisa, a British-trained lawyer, has already been chosen. Professor Lule's departure from the Ugandan political scene was in sharp contrast to his swearing-in ceremony on April 13.
SYNOPSIS: Kampala had been under siege for two weeks, but clam was restored before Professor Lule's plane arrived at Entebbe Airport. He received an enthusiastic greeting. There were tribal drums and the traditional dancing.
The sixty-seven-year old academic had arrived in Entebbe just two days after Amin's troops were driven from Kampala. Professor Lule had spent ten years in exile. He left Uganda after being dismissed as Principal of Makerere University by Amin's predecessor, Doctor Milton Obote. While studying at Edinburgh University, Scotland, Professor Lule became friends with Julius Nyerere, now President of Tanzania, and the leader who supplied the military backing for the invasion force.
Then after Professor Lule came to power, President Nyerere pledged the new government military assistance for as long as it was needed.
Tanzanian soldiers were on guard at the swearing-in ceremony.
Before taking the oath of office, Professor Lule had been greeted with chants of "long live Lule, long live Nyerere, long live Ugandan National Liberation Front".
Now that Professor Lule has quit, another cabinet reshuffle is expected.