Thousands of Ugandans took part in a massive rally on Sunday (March 7) to celebrate the release of several hundred political detainees imprisoned during the regime of former President Milton Obote.
MS Band marching past camera.
MS Crowd passing camera.
LS Crowd passing camera.
LS Band entering stadium.
TS PAN OF Crowd.
MS Lady Damali Mutesa and Sir Nadiope watching.
MCS Princess Ndagire (with glasses) Mrs Ben Kiwanuka and husband also watching.
TS Lt Col Obitre Gama representing General Amin arriving.
MCS Lady Mutesa and others of the Ugandan Royal family.
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Background: Thousands of Ugandans took part in a massive rally on Sunday (March 7) to celebrate the release of several hundred political detainees imprisoned during the regime of former President Milton Obote. But while Ugandans celebrate their new ruler's amnesty which freed the prisoners, Reuters report that General Idi Amin's takeover on January 25 has posed a serious threat to the future or the East African Community of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
This production shows the celebration rally, and the accompanying commentary explains this threat to the Third World's most promising experiment in regional co-operation. The film has some very good natural sound.
SYNOPSIS: Thousands of Ugandans crowded into Kampala's Nakivube Stadium on Sunday (March 7) to take part in a massive rally to celebrate a general amnesty freeing several hundred political detainees. The ex-prisoners, held during the rule of former President Milton Obote, paraded to the stadium from the High Court.
But while Ugandans celebrate the release of the prisoners under the amnesty by General Idi Amin, who toppled Dr. Obote on January 25, news reports this week said the takeover has posed a serious threat to the East African Community of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
The Community, one of the Third World's most promising experiments in regional co-operation, has a common market of 30 million people and shares common rail, air port, postal and tax systems. But after the January coup, President Juilus Nyerere welcomed the ousted President Obote to Tanzania........declaring, at the same time, that he did not recognise General Amin or his regime. This rules out any further meetings of the three-man Community Authority of the three heads of state. It could also rule out further meetings of the Community's legislature of 36 delegates. If it does, it could mean the end of the Community -- although so far, none of its leaders seem to want this.
Meanwhile, Lady Mutesa, Sir Willia Nadiope, Princess Ndagire, and Mr and Mrs. Ben Kiwanuka were among the dignitaries who took part in Sunday's amnesty celebrations. Lieutenant-Colonel, Obitre Gama, Minister of Internal Affairs represented General Idi Amin.
Lady Mutesa and other members of the Ugandan Royal family, many of whom were imprisoned by Dr. Obote, later took part in a procession round the stadium. Sir William Nadiope, who was also imprisoned, is a former Vice-President of Uganda.