In Uganda, President Godfrey Binaisa has taken part in a rally marking the first anniversary of the offensive which led to the downfall of former President Idi Amin.
In Uganda, President Godfrey Binaisa has taken part in a rally marking the first anniversary of the offensive which led to the downfall of former President Idi Amin. At a traditional ceremony in the Gulu District near Kampala, thousands of people gathered to take part in the celebrations.
SYNOPSIS: This was the traditional welcome awaiting President Godfrey Binaisa as he arrived for the celebrations. He met the elders of the Gulu district - renamed from Acholi District as part of government policy to reduce tribal distinctions throughout Uganda. Tribal rivalries were a feature of the previous Amin administration.
It was an occasion attended by hundreds of Children, with dancing, drumming and singing. But underlying the celebrations was the memory of those who died in the Tanzanian-led offensive launched against Amin last November following an alleged Ugandan invasion of Tanzania. It was in their honour that a plaque was laid at the foot of the local war heroes monument.
The commemorative plaque was presented by the President, who then went on to plant a tree in memory of those who had died in the campaign. After the ceremony, he met local officials and government representatives as part of a four-town meet-the-people tour around the north of the country. Although there is still a curfew in Kampala. In Gulu, there are no such restrictions, and support for the government is thought to be stronger there.