The Ugandan President, Yusufu Lule, met the Tanzanian leader, Julius Nyerere, on Friday (15 June) to discuss the internal situation in Uganda.
The Ugandan President, Yusufu Lule, met the Tanzanian leader, Julius Nyerere, on Friday (15 June) to discuss the internal situation in Uganda. The unannounced visit was the second meeting of the two leaders within a week. The main topic of discussion was believed to be the rate at which Tanzanian forces will be pulled out of Uganda.
SYNOPSIS: The State House in Dar es Salaam was the scene of Friday's meeting...the previous week the two leaders had met at the northern Tanzanian town of Mwanza. At that meeting President Lule had come in for some criticism and was accused of packing the Ugandan Government with his supporters and of establishing policies unilaterally.
Before the three-hour business session began, the Ugandan delegation...which included Foreign Minister Otema Alimadi and Defence Minister Yoweri Museveni...attended a reception in their honour. For President Nyere it was an opportunity to meet one of his old teachers, Mr. Musoke, seated between the two leaders.
After the reception the two delegations got down to some hard talking. The Ugandan President wanted assurances that the Tanzanian troops, which have remained in Uganda since the overthrow of Idi Amin, should not be withdrawn too quickly -- or in too great a number. president Lule is said to be concerned about internal threats to his government.
He is also worried that Amin's army may regroup in Southern Sudan and attempt a military comeback. At present there are about 40,000 Tanzanian troops in Uganda. President Nyerere has said most will soon be called home, but some will remain to train a new Ugandan army and Police Force.