During an interview filmed in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, recently, President Idi Amin predicted black African military intervention in Rhodesia and South Africa next year.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: BURKE: "How do you think things will go in the next year or two in Africa?"
AMIN: "I thing that next year we are going to face a major military operation in Rhodesia and South Africa, and we've got to review completely the liberation movement in these two parts of Africa...Rhodesia and South Africa, which of course includes Namibia (South West Africa). We've got to intensify the liberation movement because now the British have lifted the embargo of selling of arms to Rhodesia and South Africa, under which they are likely to get more sophisticated weapons to combat the guerrillas. And therefore my call during the tenth anniversary of the Organisation of African Unity, June 1973, in Addis Ababa. Now is the time we've got to equip our armed forces up to the international standards ready t face Rhodesia and South Africa."
BURKE: "You thing this might be coming in the next year, you say?"
AMIN: "We've got to start immediately, but all our armed forces aren't ready now, and of course, we've got to finalise everting during the OAU."
BURKE: "Could you ever see an attack against Rhodesia?"
AMIN: "I cannot say that because that is our confidential matter which will be discussed at high level with the heads of state."
BURKE: "At the time I was on my way to Uganda, a lot of people have said "Oh, that's a very strange place to go. You shouldn't go to Uganda. There's a lot of strange things happening there." This is a feeling which a lot of people have. How do you think they got this feeling?"
AMIN: "They got this from most of the people whose business was taken away. They're in Nairobi, some of them...and, also, most of the British headquarters of the news media -- who have been against Uganda -- they're in Kenya....because all news for east Africa -- which is Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania -- has been transmitted to Britain and all over the world from Nairobi. But I think that you found that you yourself will be going with me to the town, and you tell me where we will go and I will drive you. And you will find that everybody loves me...and I can greet, I can speak to the people all over Uganda. For the people know very well what I did to them. They did not expect that Uganda will be like it is today. Therefore I am one of their heroes, heroes in the country."
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The President was interviewed by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reporter Martyn Burke.
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Background: During an interview filmed in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, recently, President Idi Amin predicted black African military intervention in Rhodesia and South Africa next year.
The controversial Ugandan leader claimed that the decision to launch military operations in support of liberation movements in Rhodesia and South Africa would be discussed by heads of state of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). President Amin is due to host the major annual meeting of OAU leaders in Kampala later in the year.