• Short Summary

    Shooting broke out in Kampala, capital of Uganda, early today (25 Jan) as President Milton Obote prepared to return from Singapore, where he has been attending the Commonwealth Prime Ministers Conference.

  • Description

    Shooting broke out in Kampala, capital of Uganda, early today (25 Jan) as President Milton Obote prepared to return from Singapore, where he has been attending the Commonwealth Prime Ministers Conference.

    Tank and rifle fire and explosions were heard in Kampala during the night and sporadic firing was continuing during the morning. Tank movements had damaged a number of streets, and by morning troops were reported surrounding the Parliament Building, which contains President Obote's offices, Radio Uganda headquarters and the national bank.

    There was also shooting at Entebbe Airport, where several Ugandans were killed; flights into the airport were being turned back.

    President Obote was today flying back to East Africa from Singapore, where he has been attending the Commonwealth Conference. He heard of the trouble before he left, but made no comment there or during a brief stopover at Bombay. He is due in Nairobi this evening and is scheduled to return to Kampala tomorrow (Tuesday). It remains to be seen whether he will be able to travel or will have to remain in Nairobi to await developments.

    The 46-year-old President was wounded in December 1969 when a would-be assassin shot him in the mouth. Since then much of the country has been under a state of emergency, with army and security forces keeping tight control over tribal and political dissent.

    Reports today speak to a confused situation in the country, but suggest the fighting is between rival factions within the army. Some reports say it began with an attempt on the life of Major-General Idi Amin, chief of the Ugandan armed forces.

    The general is said to have been "pushed upstairs" a year ago when promoted from active commander-in-chief of the Uganda army to the desk-bound post of commander of the armed forces.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA65PO4VEI2SE46QQISVKG93L5L
    Media URN:
    VLVA65PO4VEI2SE46QQISVKG93L5L
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/01/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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