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    Uganda's President Idi Amin was reportedly firmly in control of the country on Monday (25 March) following an attempted revolt three days earlier by a small section of the military forces.

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    Uganda's President Idi Amin was reportedly firmly in control of the country on Monday (25 March) following an attempted revolt three days earlier by a small section of the military forces.

    The man alleged to be behind the revolt, a Brigadier General named last year as Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces and a member of the State Supreme Council is reported to have committed suicide. A Radio Uganda report said that Brigadie Charles Arrube had "found himself quilty" of causing unnecessary alarm which led to the loss of many innocent lives, and he had shot himself twice with his own pistol. Western African diplomats believe the week-end violence was part of an attempt by a section of military officers to overthrow the three-year-old regime of President Amin. According to Radio Uganda's official version of the violence, it was caused by confusion when a rumour spread of an invading force. Troops then moved into Kampala "to protect strategic points and the life of President Amin." According to the radio, the troops then began to kill each other in the confusion. The number of casualties is still not known.

    President Amin, a former sergeant major, came to power following a coup. Since then there have been repeated purges within the armed forces and many soldiers are reported to have fled to Tanzania. Recently the body of one high-ranking officer was found floating in the Nile. President Amin is trying to tighten his grip on the armed forces, having last month relinquished his other administrative powers to concentrate on reorganising the Army.

    Since coming to power, President Amin has become prominent in world affairs with his promises to defeat Israel with Ugandan troops and his praise of Hitler's attitude to the Jews. Late last year he expelled Asians holding British citizenship from Uganda because he said he had seen a vision from God advising him. A former heavyweight boxer who boasts he has 15 children by six wives, he is a Muslim and neither drinks nor smokes. His reputation as one of Africa's most unpredictable leaders was further enhanced by his offer to send Britain bananas in any food shortage and his offer to solve the situation in Northern Ireland.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9HUHYCOZ5BG0F1YQHTCVM7J9O
    Media URN:
    VLVA9HUHYCOZ5BG0F1YQHTCVM7J9O
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/03/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:25:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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