President Idi Amin returned on Saturday (August 4) to Tororo, 115 miles (185 kms) east of Kampala -- the town in which, exactly a year before, he had announced the expulsion of 40,000 Ugandan Asians.
SV Amin out of helicopter and greeted
SV & GV Children wave Ugandan flags as Amin passes (2 shots)
GV President waves and salutes to crowd
SV Officials with army personnel
SV Amin reviews troops (3 shots)
SV & GV Amin takes salute as troops march past (2 shots)
SV Officers salute as troops march past (3 shots)
GV Band playing as shirt-sleeved civilians march past (2 shots)
GV Amin taking salute
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Background: President Idi Amin returned on Saturday (August 4) to Tororo, 115 miles (185 kms) east of Kampala -- the town in which, exactly a year before, he had announced the expulsion of 40,000 Ugandan Asians. President Amin called on all Ugandans to celebrate the first anniversary of what he termed his 'economic war'.
President Amin arrived at the airstrip in driving rain, and greeted a crowd of flag-waving schoolchildren. He inspected a guard of honour and then took the salute at a march-past.
In a speech President Amin referred to Britain -- the country which he had asked to take responsibility for all the expelled Asians holding British passports. He told the crowd who had gathered that they should not worry if the British refused to help Uganda, as there were many friendly nations who would help. He said that the aim of his 'economic war' had been to transfer control of the economy from foreigners into black Ugandan hands. He prayed to God to bless those who had died during the economic war.
SYNOPSIS: After he had reviewed some troops in driving rain, President Amin made a speech in which he made special reference to Britain. He told the crowd that the Ugandan people should not worry if the British refused to help them, as there were many friendly nations that would.
He also said that the aim of his 'economic war' had been to transfer control of the economy from foreigners into the hands of black Ugandans. He prayed to God to bless those who had died during the process of the economic war.
Finally he announced that a temporary ban on tourists entering the country would be lifted on September the seventeenth. The tourist trade, which used to attract around a hundred thousand visitors a year, had been closed down for a time so that it could be reorganised.
On August the second President Amin told the acting British High Commissioner in Uganda that he was asking other Commonwealth member countries to let Uganda host the Commonwealth Conference in 1974. He said that Uganda had very good facilities for staging the conference.