The end of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit meeting in Kampala was marked on Friday (1 August) by the Ugandan Army mounting a mock air and sea assault on an island in Lake Victoria in a simulated battle to conquer Cape Town, South Africa.
ISLAND IN LAKE VICTORIA : PRESIDENT AMIN APPLAUDED AS HE WALKS UP HILL TO OBSERVATION PLATFORM: PRESIDENT NIMEIRY OF SUDAN: UGANDAN DEFENCE MINISTER: VICE PRESIDENT ARAP MOI OF KENYA SEATED WITH PRESIDENT SAID BARRE OF SOMALIA: PRESIDENT AMIN SEATED WITH YASSER ARAFAT AND PRESIDENT AND MADAME OULD DADDAH OF MAURITANIA: 'PLANE DROPPING BOMB ON ISLAND: SMOKE AND FLASHES FROM ARTILLERY AND FUN FIRE FROM MAINLAND: HELICOPTER FLYING AT SEA LEVEL : CROWDS ON MAINLAND WATCHING.
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Background: The end of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit meeting in Kampala was marked on Friday (1 August) by the Ugandan Army mounting a mock air and sea assault on an island in Lake Victoria in a simulated battle to conquer Cape Town, South Africa.
President Field-Marshal Idi Amin explained to watching African heads of state, that the exercise showed how war could begin between armies from African countries and the white minority rulers of southern Africa. During the OAU summit meeting, which had ended the previous day, the Ugandan President had been elected as the new chairman of the Organisation.
President Siad Barre of Somalia and Mr. Yasser Arafat of the Palestine Liberation Organisation were among the leaders who watched the mock assault with President Amin from a specially constructed platform. They saw Ugandan war 'planes flying low overhead and dropping bombs on "Caps Town" island.
Meanwhile, as heavy artillery was supposedly neutralising enemy positions, Ugandan troops landed on the island and hoisted the OAU flag. President Amin said that Palestinians had joined the Ugandan soldiers, airmen and marines in the exercise.
The President said "This was to prove to you that, if the Ugandan Army is to join OAU forces to fight South Africa, and even in the Middle East, we can do". His aim was to help unite Africa in all fields, including the struggle in South Africa and Palestine.