Several hundred Ugandans cheered and waved their hands in mock farewell yesterday (Wednesday) as plaque bearing the effigy of President Milton Obote was removed by a mobile crane from the gateway to the Parliament building in Kampala.
GV Independence Arch with Obote's head being removed by large crane (2 shots)
GV PAN crowds gathered to watch.
SV Headstone being lowered.
TV Crowds cheering as stone is lowered onto truck (3 shots)
CU Headstone of Obote in truck with crowds cheering in background.
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Background: Several hundred Ugandans cheered and waved their hands in mock farewell yesterday (Wednesday) as plaque bearing the effigy of President Milton Obote was removed by a mobile crane from the gateway to the Parliament building in Kampala. Firemen with ladders and workmen laboured for six hours to free the plaque following General Idi Amin's announcement that all relics of the former President must be removed from public places.
SYNOPSIS: Following a decree by General Idi Amin, the man who lead the successful coup against President Obote of Uganda, all effigies of the former leader are being removed from public places. One of the most difficult to dislodge was the one on the archway leading to Parliament House in Kampala. Firemen with ladders end workmen using a mobile crane laboured for six hours before finally bringing the effigy to the ground.
General Amin's latest order is in contrast to what he said just after the coup. At that time he said the relics of the former Government would be left untouched because to do otherwise would be to rewrite history.
As the effigy was lowered to the ground and placed on a truck several hundred people who had watched the operation cheered and waved their hands in mock farewell.
The Government will now arrange for suitable names and figureheads to replace those removed.