About three thousand Tanzanian troops have pulled out of the Ugandan capital, Kampala, (12 July) amid scenes of wild jubilation and acclaim.
About three thousand Tanzanian troops have pulled out of the Ugandan capital, Kampala, (12 July) amid scenes of wild jubilation and acclaim. they represent the trip of an army of fifty thousand who successfully drove former President Idi Amin into exile. However a dampening note came from Dar es Salaam with the Tanzanian Government appealing 375-million dollars to bolster its war-crippled economy.
SYNOPSIS: The return home for these men came after seven gruelling months of sometimes fierce combat against troops loyal to former President Amin. It was a war that started amid confusion with both sides claiming territorial encroachments. At one stage the former Ugandan dictator mockingly challenged Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere to a boxing match to settle their differences. Nyerere responded by driving him into exile. The troops have been hailed by Ugandan President Binaisa as "heroes of the war that liberated our motherland".
There has been concern expressed by some sections of the Ugandan community about the continued presence of troops. However the Binaisa government believes that a complete withdrawal would open the door for a counter-attack from Amin. It's expected about twenty thousand troops will remain for an indefinite period. But the cost of the war has been high. Tanzania claims it has nearly crippled her economy and has appealed to nine western countries for three hundred and seventy five million dollars. The Dar es Salaam administration argues that the war was not something of its choosing but was thrust upon the country after Amin invaded and annexed a section of Tanzania. However diplomatic sources in Uganda have indicated there is little chance the appeal will be met although there is a chance that a loan for part of the money may be negotiated by a group of western bankers.