In Uganda, thousands of jubilant people gave a rapturous welcome to their new Head of State on Friday (13 April).
In Uganda, thousands of jubilant people gave a rapturous welcome to their new Head of State on Friday (13 April). Exiled leader Professor Yusufu Lule flew to Entebbe from Tanzania to claim the office of the fugitive President, Field Marshal Idi Amin. Professor Lule was the chairman of the Uganda National Liberation Front (UNLF), which backed by Tanzanian troops, pledged to bring down the government of Idi Amin.
SYNOPSIS: After two weeks spent virtually under siege, Kampala was clam as Professor Yusufu Lule's plane arrived at Entebbe Airport, and he was greeted by tribal drums, and traditional dancing.
The 67-year-old academic arrived in Entebbe just two days after Field Marshal Amin's troops were driven from the capital. Professor Lule has lived in exile for then years. He left Uganda after being dismissed as Principal of Makerere University College, by Field Marshal Amin's predecessor, Doctor Milton Obote. He once studied at Edinburgh University, Scotland, where he became friends with Julius Nyerere, now President of Tanzania and the leader who supplied the military backing for the UNLF's invasion. President Nyerere has pledged continued military assistance for as long as it is needed by the new Ugandan government.
State House at Entebbe was heavily guarded in preparation for the swearing in ceremony later in the day. And there were still a few remainders of the battles that have been waged in the last few weeks. The whereabouts of Field Marshal Amin are still unknown but he is now a hunted man, with commando squads assigned by the new leadership to find him.
In Kampala, Ugandans greeted the victories troops with chanting and singing. The capital has sustained very few signs of the fighting, but there are rows of looted and damaged shops. Uganda's new leaders now face the task of restoring the country's economy. There were reports that government offices had also been ransacked.
Tanzanian soldiers guarded the parliament building and searched people before they were allowed to watch the swearing-in ceremony. Professor Lule has urged troops still loyal to Field Marshal Amin to surrender. He said if they handed in their weapons they would be protected.
Before he was sworn in as President, Professor Lule and his aides were greeted with chants of "long live Lule, long live Nyerere, long live the Ugandan National Liberation Front".
And then Professor Lule took his oath of office.
President Lule said elections will be held within two years.