In eastern Uganda, Tanzanian troops, pursuing the remaining forces still loyal to deposed President Idi Amin, have captured the strategic town of Jinja.
In eastern Uganda, Tanzanian troops, pursuing the remaining forces still loyal to deposed President Idi Amin, have captured the strategic town of Jinja. The residents, having suffered two weeks of terror from the pro-Amin troops, greeted the Tanzanians as liberators, throwing flowers at the soldiers when they entered the town on Sunday (22 April).
SYNOPSIS: At first, Junja's streets were deserted, but thousands of local people who had fled from Amin's troops came out of hiding to welcome the troops rapturously. In charge of the tank force which spearheaded the advance on Junja was Brigadier Marwa Kambale, who carries a point forty-five calibre pistol on each hip. He told reporters how his troops were pursuing the enemy:
It was after the Brigadier told the local people it was safe to return that thousands streamed back. Jinja controls the strategic route into Kenya, and is near the Owen Falls dam, which generates almost all of Uganda's electricity. Amin said he would hold the dam and make his last stand there. The fact that he did neither is, observers say, a sign that the five-months-long war against Tanzania is almost over.