While commando squads hunt for the deposed President of Uganda, Idi Amin, the new President, Yusufu Lule, says his forces are advancing steadily into eastern and northern areas of the country still not under his government's control.
While commando squads hunt for the deposed President of Uganda, Idi Amin, the new President, Yusufu Lule, says his forces are advancing steadily into eastern and northern areas of the country still not under his government's control. At last report, the Tanzanian and government forces control only a little more than one third of the country.
SYNOPSIS: The capital, Kampala, is firmly in the new government's hands. The city survived its two-week siege by Tanzanian and Ugandan Liberation Front forces virtually unscathed, except for rows of looted stores.
But casualties from the fighting are still being found. In-London, the Guardian newspaper reported on Monday (16 April) that 200 bodies were collected from around the city. A hospital official spokes-man estimated there are still another 500 bodies to be collected. While bodies are still being found in the streets and on the golf course, hundreds of bodies have been discovered in the jails of the so-called state Research Unit in Kampala. If Field Marshal Amin is found, he will stand trial for mass murder.
Eleven miles (eighteen kilometres) from Kampala, near Mukono on the road to Uganda's second-largest town, Jinja, Tanzanian troops have established a check-point to control the flow of refugees in and out of Kampala.
Tanzania has pledged the government of Yusufu Lule military assistance for as long as his government needs it. But it is economic assistance that the new government needs most. In an interview with Reuters, Finance Minister Sam Sebagereka said he wondered where to start re-building the nations' economy. Although Uganda exports coffee, cotton, tea, copper and other commodities, its foreign exchange reserves are badly depleted, and imports have almost stopped as credit has dried up. A Tanzanian Major, Gyeral Okido, is in charge of the advance on Amin forces still holding the town of Jinja.
At last report, Idi Amin may be in his native north west of Uganda. A group of Asian road construction men have been reported by Reuters to have identified the former President at the village of Nebbi, close to the border with Zaire. The construction workers said President Amin's party seemed well supplied with fuel, military supplies and food. However, there has also been speculation that Amin may have fled the country. His "Mystery Jet", which has been sighted in the north of the country, has sufficient range to reach Libya or Iraq, tow countries which have supported to former President.