Tanzania's President, Dr. Julius Nyerere, told a mass rally in Dares Salaam on Saturday (30?
Tanzania's President, Dr. Julius Nyerere, told a mass rally in Dares Salaam on Saturday (30 January) that he would not hold talks with the leader of last week's coup in Uganda, Major-General Idi Amin. Dr. Nyerere has given asylum in Tanzania to Uganda's former President, Milton Obote.
The rally, organized by the country's single party, the Tanzania African National Union, was attended by an estimated 20,000 people. Members of the crowd displayed posters supporting Mr. Obote and attacking Britain and the United States.
Dr. Nyerere told the crowd that General Amin could not represent the people of Uganda because he had to kill them to cane to power.
The Tanzania leader said the East African Community, which is responsible for running the common services of Tanzania, uganda and Kenya, would continue, but it was impossible for him to sit with General Amin. (The Heads of the three East African States were due to meet in February for routine Community talks).
If President Obote had been defeated in elections, Dr. Nyerere said he would have been sorry but he would have accepted it. But he could not accept a Government being shot out of power and the army claiming it was a popular move. Tanzania still considered Mr. Obote was President of Uganda.
In a reference to neighbouring Kenya, which has not yet officially committed itself on the change of regime in Uganda, Dr. Nyerere warned that people should not be taken in by attempts to divide Tanzania and Kenya.