In Kenya, the Ugandan Foreign Minister Otema Alimadi has explained the circumstances surrounding the removal of former President Yusufu Lule.
CU Ugandan Foreign Minister Otema Alimadi speaking in Nairobi
ALIMADI: "In Moshi we set up a council--we called it a consultative council which was supposed to be kind of a watch dog. Like in the absence of parliament. And the council insisted that all political appointments, most civil service appointments should be ratified by the council. And why did they insist on this? Because the Moshi conference brought in more than twenty different political organisations in order to form the Ugandan National Liberation Front. And this was agreed in Moshi. And the council thought he was not giving due responsibility as agreed in Moshi for the ratification of political appointments. And I understand they had a very long discussion on this. And I understand they had a very long discussion on this. Everybody participated, including the President. And they reached a democratic decision that the President did not follow or disagree with Moshi. And this is how the vote of non-confidence was passed."
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Background: In Kenya, the Ugandan Foreign Minister Otema Alimadi has explained the circumstances surrounding the removal of former President Yusufu Lule. It was the first time a Minister of the government has spoken about what went on at a meeting of the consultative council that voted no confidence in Me. Lule. Mr Alimadi was in the United Kingdom at the time of the meeting but said he had made it his business to find out what had happened in his absence. He said that the former President went against the Moshi conference agreement that all appointments should be ratified by the consultative council, and therefore he was removed from the Presidency. The Moshi conference was held in March to form a united Ugandan National Liberation Front to replace the ousted leader Idi Amin.