• Short Summary

    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.

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    GV street scene in Kampala, people with belongings
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    2.
    GV The Libyan Arab Uganda Bank
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    3.
    SV & GV dead bodies (FOUR SHOTS)
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    GV near Mukono on the Jinja Road people and vehicles moving along road being watched by armed guard (THREE SHOTS)
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    SV vehicle arriving at check-point and being searched (TWO SHOTS)
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    SV soldiers carrying out search for gun-strap marks on shoulders
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    CU Major Gyeral Okido speaking to press
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    SCU wounded Ugandan soldier prisoner at Tanzanian headquarters
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    CU wound on back of prisoner
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    10.
    SV PAN of 3 bodies two of them, Libyan
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    REPORTER: "Major, when do you think you will attack on Jinja?"



    OKIDO: "Not more than five days from now. It's too long, not more than five days from now."



    REPORTER: "If you catch Idi Amin, what are you going to do with him?"



    OKIDO: "I'm going to eat his flesh ..hah..ha.. we'll put him in a museum if possible."



    REPORTER: "What, alive or dead?"



    OKIDO: "Preferably alive, of course."




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: 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.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADGX1L3GJMO62XBO99RTUMUGR1
    Media URN:
    VLVADGX1L3GJMO62XBO99RTUMUGR1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/04/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:01:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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