President Amin of Uganda has withdrawn the guard on Mrs. Miria Obote, wife of ex-President?
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Background: President Amin of Uganda has withdrawn the guard on Mrs. Miria Obote, wife of ex-President Milton Obote who is living in exile in neighbouring Tanzania. Making the announcement on Friday (August 20), at the start ??? a three-day tour of the Lango district in the country's northern area, home territory of Dr. Obote, President Amin said Mrs. Obote was free to join her husband in Tanzania if she wished.
During the tour, which ended on sunday (August 22), President Amin made several speeches at public gatherings; met Mrs. Obote and her family and the family of a former intelligence chief in the Obote regimes and announced that he was to discuss with Kenya and Tanzania the building of a railway linking north and south Uganda. Railways in the area are the joint responsibility of all three countries, which make up the East Africa Community. In his public speeches, President Amin said Uganda was no longer worried about guerrilla attacks from Tanzania, although he gave no indication of when the border with Tanzania, closed six weeks ago to halt guerrilla infiltration, would be re-opened. He also re-assured the Lang??? tribesmen that they had nothing to fear from the Uganda Government, and that they could live in peace and security if they co-operated.
SYNOPSIS: President Idi Amin of Uganda has just ended a three-day tour of the Lango district, in the country's northern area, home territory of deposed President Milton Obote. Dr. Obote was overthrown in a coup in January while out of the country, and is at present living in exit in neighbouring Tanzania.
During his tour, which began last Friday, President Amin spoke at several public rallies and attended some social function to meet local VIP's. He also met Mrs. Miria Obote, wife of Dr. Obote, who is living in the Lango district, and announce later that he would be withdrawing her personal guard. Troops could not be used to guard individuals when they had the whole country to look after, he said, and Mrs. Obote was free to join her husband in Tanzania any time she wished. She was originally given the guard when General Amin took over leadership.
President Amin also met the ex-President's father, and the family of Dr, Obote's former chief of intelligence. he told them that he would have no quarrel with Dr. Obote if the former leader had not "persisted in organising guerrilla raids from across the Tanzanian border" ??? In other public speeches, President Amin said Uganda was no longer worried by guerrilla raids, although he did not indicate when the border with Tanzania would be re-opened. It was closed six weeks ago because of terrorist infiltration. He also told a rally he had received reports of Langi tribesmen slaughtering their cattle because of fears that the Army would come and steal them, but assured them they had nothing to fear from the Ugandan Government, and they could live in peace and security if they co-operated. At another meeting he announced that he would hold talks with Kenya and Tanzania on the building of a railway link between north and south Uganda. Railways in the area are the responsibility of all three countries, which form the East African Community.