President Idi Amin has promised to clear any remaining barriers to Uganda's gaining economic independence.?
President Idi Amin has promised to clear any remaining barriers to Uganda's gaining economic independence. In a message marking the second anniversary of his coming to power during a military takeover, President Amin said his government would "demolish any artificial barriers, erected by the colonialists and their agents, to Uganda's economic independence."
The celebration of the anniversary on Thursday (January 25) was confined to a simple remembrance parade in Kampala's city square. General Amin ordered that people should carry on business as usual. Last year, there were parades and processions throughout Uganda.
President Amin also announced the introduction of a new currency bearing his portrait and a reorganisation of the state-controlled industries. Fifteen new statutory corporations are to be created, nine of them absorbing enterprises formerly owned by Asians and the British.
SYNOPSIS: President Idi Amin has promised to clear any remaining barriers to Uganda's gaining economic independence. His pledge came during Thursday's celebration of the second anniversary of the military takeover.
The celebrations this year were confined to a service in honour of soldiers who were killed during the coup and who died in defence of their country. President Amin laid a wreath in Kampala's city square. Thursday's simple service contrasted strongly with last year's celebrations when parades were held throughout Uganda. This year, President Amin ordered that business carry on as usual although Government offices would close for the day.
The anniversary also marked reorganisation of state-controlled industries and the issue of new currency bearing General Amin's portrait.
The reorganisation of the state-controlled industries will include the creation of fifteen new statutory corporations. Nine of them are to absorb enterprises formerly owned by Asians or the British. These include transport, farming, hotels, textiles, industrial and property companies.
The people were told that independence became meaningful when the benefits of a country were enjoyed by the people. President Amin said artificial barriers erected by colonialists would be demolished.