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    The situation in Southern Uganda continues to be confusing as reports come in of fighting on both sides of the Uganda - Tanzanian border.

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    The situation in Southern Uganda continues to be confusing as reports come in of fighting on both sides of the Uganda - Tanzanian border.

    Most reports now agree that the force which invaded Uganda from across the Tanzanian border a week ago, consisted mainly of Ugandan exiles supporting the deposed President Milton States. it is still not known what part, if any, Tanzanian troops had in the righting, or to what extent Tanzania's President, Dr. Nyerere, Knew, about, or was involved in the invasion.

    Uganda's President, Central Idi Amin, put full responsibility for the fighting on Tanzania. He was quoted by Radio Uganda as saying: 'The situation in Uganda has been caused by ??? and Nyerere.' President Nyerere has repeatedly denied these charges.

    Over the last five days, Uganda air raids over Tanzania have killed at least eight peoples. And General Amin has th???eatened that there may be further strikes by Ugandan forces aimed at guerrilla bases in North Tanzania.

    President Nyerere condemned the bombings as 'murderous attacks' and warned that his forces could not remain sitting at the frontier while civilians were being killed.

    However, as Ugandan source reported fighting with guerrillas inside Tanzania - the Tanzanian Chief of Armed Forces, Major-Central Sam Sarakikya, said he had not received news of any fighting between Tanzanian and Ugandan troops, and Tanzania Radio was reporting the border area as quite.

    The crisis took another new turn today (Saturday) as Libyan troops were reported to have reached Uganda to support President Amin. Earlier in the week, planes carrying Libyan arms and re-enforcements for Uganda were forced to land in the Sudan, and the troops returned to Libya.

    Somalia (through its Foreign Minister Umar Arten Chalib) and Sudan, have been prominent amongst those African states trying to mediate. At the time of writing this mediation hangs in the balance.

    SYNOPSIS: The Tanzanian army has moved in strength to reinforce the Northern township of Bukoba, where six civilians died and many more were injured in Ugandan air raids.

    Tanzanian Radio has said that four people died immediately on September 18, when Ugandan bombers scored a direct hit on the market place.

    Two others died later in hospital. Among the dead were three schoolgirls and a nun.

    Almost two thirds of Bukoba's population of eight thousand are reported to have fled after the raids. And, as the injured recover in the local hospital. Ugandan President Amin continued to take a tough line against Tanzanian President Nyerere, who, he claims, condoned the invasion of Uganda by armed guerrillas supporting deposed ex-President Obots of Uganda.

    Despite President Nyerere's warning that more bombings would bring retaliation from Tanzanian forces. Ugandan bombers launched a new raid - on September 22nd - on the town of Mwanza, 500 miles North West of the capital.

    Two people were killed and 17 wounded in the raid. Eye-witnesses reported that thousands of fleeing Tanzanians, carrying their possessions and young children, fled from the town after the bombing. At the same time in Kampala, President Amin was telling African countries not to waste time appealing to him to stop fighting with Tanzania, because it was not Uganda that had started the conflict. Uganda Radio said in a broadcast that it would be a good thing if President Nyerere himself was killed, instead of innocent people.

    In Nairobi, Somali Foreign Minister, Omar Arteh Ghlib, who is trying to mediate in the dispute expressed surprise at the renewed bombing. Mr. Ghalib was on his way to Dar as Salaam for talks with President Nyerere.

    Along with other arrivals, Mr. Ghalib was asked about the bombing.

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