Self-styled "Field Marshal" John Okello, who is reputed to have led the revolution in Zanzibar in January, told a press conference on Wednesday that Zanzibar did not want him.
Self-styled "Field Marshal" John Okello, who is reputed to have led the revolution in Zanzibar in January, told a press conference on Wednesday that Zanzibar did not want him. He said when he returned to Zanzibar on Monday he had been met at the airport by President Karume and the External Affair Minister, Sheikh Abdul-rahman Mohamed Babu. They had told him that the people didn't want him and that he had to return to Dar es Salaam.
Our cameraman found him in a jaunty mood yesterday (Thursday) as he tried his hand at boating. Shortly afterwards he left for Nairobi.
Mr. Okello said he bore no grudges towards the Zanzibar authorities because Zanzibar authorities because Zanzibar was not his home. He admitted however that he hadn't wanted to leave.
Answering a question about January's revolution, he claimed that 11,995 "enemies" had died and only nine of his own men were killed.
Asked to comment on reports that he had been offered GBP5,000 to carry out the revolution he replied that he was a Christian and that he had not done it for money. He had used his own money to organise it.
His future plans were not settled. He hoped to return to Zanzibar to claim some personal belongings and then he would probably return to his home in Lira, Uganda, and resume his trade as a bricklayer.