Major-General Idi Amin, who overthrew President Milton Obote in a military coup last Monday, told reporters yesterday (Wednesday 27 January) that his reason for taking over the country was that Dr Obote was disarming all Uganda's tribes except his own.
GV Amin's residence
SV Tank and heavy armoured cars outside (2 shots)
SV Jeeps drawing up.
SCU General Amin makes statements. (SOUND ON FILM)
SV Press at second conference.
CU Amin speaking (SOUND ON FILM)
SV Mrs. Obote and children walking into garden.
CU Mrs. Obotes interviewed (SOUND ON FILM)
TRANSCRIPT (SEQ 4) GENERAL AMIN: "I just received intelligence reports this morning that the tanzanian troops are preparing with modern Chinese arms. requested by Dr. Apollo Milton Obote, to come and attack Uganda. This is the message which I have received this morning, and I am not afraid at all. I am sure we will welcome and I know that some of the Tanzanian Army officers and the men -- I know them very well -- and they know that if they come as members of the East African Community".
SEQ 6: GENERAL AMIN: "The members of the Uganda Army and Air Force decided to take over from the civilian role because of the last arrangements which were made by Dr. Apollo Milton Obote to disarm the whole tribes of Uganda, except his own tribe Langi and Acholi, and also that is the point which bought all this problem."
SEQ 8: REPORTER: "Have you been well treated, Madame Obote?"
MRS OBOTE: "Yes".
REPORTER: "How have the children taken all this. Madame Obote? You've got the children here with you. How are you"
MRS OBOTE: "All right."
REPORTER: "And you?"
CHILD: "I'm all right"
REPORTER: "Have you heard from Daddy? What's your name?"
REPORTER: "And your's"
REPORTER: "Do you feel safe now?"
MRS OBOTE: "Well, a bit worried and scared. But I'm being well looked after now."
REPORTER: "Do you have a military escort here around the house all the time?"
MRS OBOTE: "Yes."
REPORTER: "But you do still feel a bit worried, do you?"
MRS OBOTE: "I'm a human being, wouldn't you be worried?"
REPORTER: "What do you think is going to be your personal future now. Madame Obote?"
MRS OBOTE: "I have no idea."
REPORTER: "Would you like to join your husband?"
MRS OBOTE: "I don't know it depends on a number of things."
REPORTER: "When you heard the news that your husband might be returning to Uganda, what was your reaction? Did you want him to come back or did you not -- did you want him to stay away for the time being?"
MRS OBOTE: "I'm not in a position to know what is going on. I'm not informed about everything, he's got to make an assessment."
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Background: Major-General Idi Amin, who overthrew President Milton Obote in a military coup last Monday, told reporters yesterday (Wednesday 27 January) that his reason for taking over the country was that Dr Obote was disarming all Uganda's tribes except his own. At an earlier press conference on Wednesday, General Amin told reporters of intelligence reports concerning the movements of Tanzanian troops near the Uganda frontier. Mrs Miria Obote and her three children spoke to reporters at a guarded residence in a suburb of Kampala. Mrs Obote said she was being well looked after.