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.
SV Officials arriving
SV ZOOM OUT TO GV Bokassa, President & wife seated
SV Visiting VIP seated
GV Helicopter flying
SV Person taking photo
GV Plane doing stunts
GV Officials and wives seated
GV Mig 21 flying
(CITY SQUARE LATER) GV Presidents of Liberia, Central African Republic, Zaire and Uganda arrive to clapping and cheers (4 shouts)
SV Amin being presented with award by President Tolbert of Liberia
GV Armoured vehicles parade as officials look on (5 shots)
GV Idi Amin taking salute as more lorries go by
The President said that the last few years had been years during which "we had made everyone understand that Uganda is a master of her own destiny, both politically and economically".
"What you are seeing during the fifth anniversary celebrations," he said, "is a minor fraction of the units based in and around Entebbe and Kampala."
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Background: 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.