• Short Summary

    Uganda's new president Godfrey Binaisa has been celebrating with his people, the Tanzanian Army and a number of foreign guests, his instatement as President and the overthrow of Idi Amin.

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    CU Diplomats from Western and communist countries, sitting in open
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    SV President Godrrey Binaisa walking towards his seat among guests.
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    CU President and others standing at attention
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    SV President and others taking seats
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    SM Members of Ugandan National Liberation Army and Tanzanian army seated
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    SV Ugandan flag PULL BACK to women dancing
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    CU President, guests and Tanzanian army commander join in dancing (2 shots)
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    CU Soldiers dancing. GV Soldiers clapping (2 shots)
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    CU President waving to crowd, while soldiers respond (2 shots)
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    President speaking an aside to his wife at ceremonies
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    JOYCE: "The diplomats and the VIP's from both the west on hand to witness the celebrations as the tops who ousted Idi Amin are publically feted.



    President Godfrey Binaisa, Uganda's third President in less than three months, is a British educated lawyer who practised as an attorney in New York until Amin's flight in early April. Like many Ugandan exiles returning now to seek positions of influence Godfrey Binaisa took no active part in the military struggle to overthrow Amin. A fact that causes resentment in some circles. The celebration is a public pledge of loyalty between the new president, members of the tiny Ugandan National Liberation Army, and the Tanzanian army whose six months campaign toppled Amin.



    As well as the speeches it's a day of singing and dancing...true African style, President Binaisa and the Tanzanian army commander join in. But despite the show of unity and solidarity no one could say that President Binaisa is secure. Post Amin celebrations in the capital Kampala had to be cancelled because of demonstrations calling for the return of former president Lule, who succeeded Amin, but lasted only a few short weeks. Although it's officially the day of Uganda's fledgling Liberation Army, the Tanzanian army provided the military muscle against Amin, and put President Binaisa in power. It will be a long time till Uganda's Liberation Army can expand to fill the vacuum left by the collapse of Amin's repressive military regime. President Binaisa said he'll seek reconstruction assistance for his battered and bankrupted country from all the super powers, Britain, Australia and the Commonwealth. Meanwhile, he must ride out the power struggle, not least, challenges from within his own government"




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    REPORTER: TONY JOYCE

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Uganda's new president Godfrey Binaisa has been celebrating with his people, the Tanzanian Army and a number of foreign guests, his instatement as President and the overthrow of Idi Amin. The celebrations took place in Entebbe. Binaisa replaced Yusufu Lule who stayed in power for only three months. Reports from Kampala say there had been fears in Uganda that Lule was "leading to a kind of fascism" and observers believe that to be the reason why Binaisa was voted into office. But as ABC's Tony Joyce reports, Binaisa still faces the possibility of an internal power struggle.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAABAP5ZTW2AU36VIXM17TJCSVY
    Media URN:
    VLVAABAP5ZTW2AU36VIXM17TJCSVY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/07/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:58:00
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    N/A

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