In Dar es Salaam, Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere strongly attacked the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) (10 December), and its current Chairman, Sudanese President Jaafar Nimeiri, for failing to condemn Ugandan President Idi Amin,.
In Dar es Salaam, Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere strongly attacked the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) (10 December), and its current Chairman, Sudanese President Jaafar Nimeiri, for failing to condemn Ugandan President Idi Amin,. whose forces reportedly occupied a large part of north-west Tanzania recently. On Saturday (9 December), President Nyerere had condemned Ugandan President Idi Amin in a speech marking the seventeenth anniversary of Tanzanian independence.
SYNOPSIS: President Nyerere criticised President Amin in a speech to regional party and government leaders at the Diamond Jubilee Hall in dar es Salaam. He was greeted on the hall steps by Tanzanian Prime Minister Edward Moringe Sokoine.
Uganda's reported invasion of the Kagera Salient, an area of more than 700 square miles (1,800 sq. km.), west of Lake Victoria took place at the end of October. The Ugandan force, one thousand strong and backed by tanks and artillery, withdrew after two weeks.
In a speech broadcast live throughout Tanzania, President Nyerere called President Amin a licensed killer, and said he had killed more people than the minority regimes in Southern Africa. Earlier this month, OAU Chairman President Nimeiri visited both countries in the border dispute. He said they welcomed his efforts to mediate in the conflict, and had agreed to stop the fighting.
But, in another speech the following day (10 December), the Tanzanian President outlined his conditions for acceptance of OAU mediation in the dispute. President Nyerere said that, when the OAU condemned Ugandan aggression and persuaded President Amin to renounce his claim to Tanzanian territory, it could then justify asking Tanzania to exercise restraint in the dispute.