Tanzanian troops yesterday (29 May) marched unopposed into Arua, capital of Idi Amin's native West Nile province.
Tanzanian troops yesterday (29 May) marched unopposed into Arua, capital of Idi Amin's native West Nile province. Arua was the last big town in Uganda to be brought under the control of the new government. The troops encountered no resistance, and were met by cheering crowds. The capture disproved reports that the former President was planning a last stand there with his own and Arab troops. The battle could be the last in a six-month war which has toppled Amin from power.
SYNOPSIS: The Tanzanian officers had expected Arua to be a difficult capture. There had been consistent reports that Amin was still in Arua, organising a last-ditch stand with Arab backing. There was also doubt about the feelings of the Maadi tribe who live in the area. But the advance met with no resistance. Troops received a ward welcome. Officials in Rhino Camp apologised that the reception was not more Lavish. The capture of Arua followed a ninety-minute battle on Sunday night. On their way to Arua three days earlier, the troops passed unposed through the town of Nebbi.
the Tanzanian army now has only to secure Amin's native village of Koboko on the Zairean border and go on to Moyo town on the Sudanese border to complete its campaign.
There is speculation about the whereabouts of former President Amin. The head of a commando group hunting the fugitive leader had been "certain" that Amin was in the area. But the Sunday Express in London reported a few days ago that he was living in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. According to the newspaper, his quest for military assistance to regain power has failed.