In Uganda the country's military ruler, Major General Idi Amin, yesterday (Thursday, Jan. 28th) released more than 50 political prisoners who had been detained by Dr.
In Uganda the country's military ruler, Major General Idi Amin, yesterday (Thursday, Jan. 28th) released more than 50 political prisoners who had been detained by Dr. Obote's regime.
They were driven form their prison to an old airstrip near Kampala where they were greeted by General Amin and thousands of cheering people.
Among those released was Nalinya Molongoma, sister of the former Kabaka (King) of Buganda who died in exile in Britain in 1969.
The airstrip where the prisoners were released was the one where Pope Paul ordained African bishops during his tour of Uganda in 1969.
The crowd at the airport waved green branches, which is a sign of rejoicing.
The Kabaka's sister told reporters that she had been well treated in detention, but she did not know why she had been detained.
Among others freed were a former Prime Minister, Mr. Benedicto Kiwanuka and five men who had held cabinet posts under Dr. Obote.
General Amin, who arrived with an escort of armoured personnel carriers, to welcome the detainees, made a brief speech. He said there was no room in Uganda for hatred and enemity. He said he would not permit political activities to resume in the country until the situation allowed.
Later, General Amin summoned members of Dr. Obote's cabinet and stripped them of their office. He told them, however, they had nothing to fear.
All but three of Dr. Obote's cabinet were present at the meeting in the Parliament building. Troops ringed the white stone building and a tank stood with its gun pointing at the portico.