• Short Summary

    Soviet tanks, armoured personnel carriers and missile transporters rumbled through Kampala's city square on Sunday (25 January) while Russian-built Mig-21's roared overhead in celebrations to mark the fifth anniversary of President Idi Amin's rule.

  • Description

    Soviet tanks, armoured personnel carriers and missile transporters rumbled through Kampala's city square on Sunday (25 January) while Russian-built Mig-21's roared overhead in celebrations to mark the fifth anniversary of President Idi Amin's rule.

    President Jean Bedel Bokassa of the Central African Republic, President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire and President William Tolbert of Liberia watched this biggest show Uganda has ever staged of military hardware acquired from the Soviet Union.

    Earlier, they saw an airforce display at Entebbe on the shores of Lake Victoria in which Ugandans said one fifth of those taking part were Egyptian, Soviet, Scandinavian, British, Swiss, Asian and American pilots, the Americans being veterans of the Vietnam war.

    In a brief address, President Amin said the Ugandan Air Force is made up of all nations. He used the opportunity to announce a salary increase for all Ugandan civil servants to meet the rising cost of living.

    He added that the three branches of the Ugandan armed forces knew that Uganda had the power today to crush any military power that might attempt to provoke Uganda.

    The Ugandan President announced that the country had already paid compensation in cash to the American and Indian governments and discussions with the British government are in progress.

    This was a reference to the 1972 seizure of property belonging to non-citizens expelled from the country.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABZF70NDD7G9GRD4TM337ZMQ2Q
    Media URN:
    VLVABZF70NDD7G9GRD4TM337ZMQ2Q
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/01/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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