A United States decision to normalise relations with Uganda has give a boost to the provisional government of Dr.
A United States decision to normalise relations with Uganda has give a boost to the provisional government of Dr. Yusufu Lule. But, as the capital of Kampala returned to work after an Easter holiday rejoicing, it became clear there is no quick solution to the daunting problems facing the new administration.
SYNOPSIS: Only a week previously, Kampala had been subjected to one of the heaviest bombardments made by Tanzanian troops and Ugandan insurgents during their advance on the city. In the industrial area, a factory was still burning on Tuesday (17 April), but little could be done as available fire fighting equipment was out of action. Tanzanian guards could only watch, and wait until the fire burned out.
Aided by Tanzanian troops the provisional government is trying to restore some law and order in the capital. But this will take time. The city's treasury is empty, and thousands of shops were looted and stripped bare following the capture last week.
British diplomat, Richard Posnett, said Kampala seemed to have "suffered terribly" from both military action and looting over the past few days. Britain was the first Western country to recognise the new government, and Mr. Posnett was sent to establish immediate aid needs. He was optimistic that Uganda's ruined economy would pick up, once order was restored.
A former Ugandan president, Dr. Milton Obote, was once considered a strong contender to become president of a new Ugandan government. But recently he has kept a low profile and there hasn't been any mention of him taking a position with the provisional government.
While there are many problems facing Dr. Lule's administration, there are also some reasons for optimism. A Tanzanian column has captured the giant Owen Falls dam -- source of most of Uganda's power -- from remnants of Field Marshal Idi Amin's army. This has allayed fears of the station being sabotaged.
Small pockets of troops loyal to Field Marshal Amin are believed to be still at large in forests on the route from Kampala to Jinja. However, the anti-Amin forces haven't encountered any serious resistance since the fall of Kampala.