General Idi Amin, President of Uganda, told a press conference in Kampala on Wednesday (February 28) that he was completely confident in his own personal security in Uganda.
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INTERVIEWER: "Mr. President, there have been reports of rivalry within the army. What is the truth about these reports?"
GENERAL AMIN: "In the Uganda Army?"
INTERVIEWER: "Yes, the Uganda Army."
GENERAL AMIN: "If it is the Army, there is the commander of the army (gesturing) he is here and he is in a position to tell you. If it is the air force, here is the commander of the air force, he will tell you.
"But I think, according to my knowledge, I am confident, completely. I am not like other heads of state who have got the only special unit guarding them, but not here. If I go to the Western Region, the troops of the Western region including police, they are the ones who are guarding me there. But it's not like other countries where they have got only special battalions or regiments who are guarding that particular place, like in England you have the Grenadier Guards, but not here in Uganda."
"And also everybody in Uganda, members of the armed forces, police and the public, they are responsible for my security. And immediately they hear anybody making subversive activities or try to plan anything against me, they report that person straight to the police. Because of that I am happy, because it seems that they love me and that's why they are doing this and because of it I thank them very much."
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A transcript of President Amin's comments follows:
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Background: General Idi Amin, President of Uganda, told a press conference in Kampala on Wednesday (February 28) that he was completely confident in his own personal security in Uganda.
He said in Uganda there was no need for any kind of special regiment to guard him. All the army and the people took responsibility for his safety, the President said, reporting people who engaged in subversive activity or planning acts against him.
He said he was "very happy" because the vigilance of the people indicated that they loved him.
SYNOPSIS: During a press conference on Wednesday in Kampala, Uganda's President, General Idi Amin, gave his views on his personal safety: