• Short Summary

    Four days after leading the Ugandan Army coup that ousted President Milton Obote, Major-General Idi Amin outlined his plans for running the country to a gathering of diplomats in Kampala on Friday (January 29).

  • Description

    Four days after leading the Ugandan Army coup that ousted President Milton Obote, Major-General Idi Amin outlined his plans for running the country to a gathering of diplomats in Kampala on Friday (January 29).

    The burly 48-year-old General held the conference at the heavily-guarded Parliament building. He told the assembled envoys that he was in full control of Uganda -- despite continuing reports of resistance -- and that he wanted to maintain diplomatic links with their countries.

    Most countries have still not officially recognised Uganda's new leadership. General Amin made an especial effort to win the friendship of neighbouring Tanzania, which still acknowledges Dr. Obote as Uganda's head of state.

    General Amin did not refer directly to reported intelligence information that Tanzanian troops were preparing to attack Uganda in support of Dr. Obote. But he read out an open letter addressed to Tanzania's President Nyerere warning that any attack would make him the enemy of true Ugandans for ever.

    A note in the open letter gave President Nyerere's postal box number and requested Ugandans to post a copy to the Tanzanian leader if they agreed with its contents.

    President Nyerere's recognition of Dr. Obote has cast doubts over the future of the East African Community, which groups Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya socially and economically. General Amin told diplomats that the new Ugandan leadership continued to regard Tanzania as a friendly country within the East African Community.

    The General repeated his pledge to hold free and fair elections, adding: "I shall then go back to the barracks and take orders from whoever is elected President."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6BSWGNKMKU4TDZ7OY528G5YRN
    Media URN:
    VLVA6BSWGNKMKU4TDZ7OY528G5YRN
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/01/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:59:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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