In Uganda, Tanzanian troops have completed their victory over the remnants of Idi Amin's army with a final advance to the Sudanese and Zairean borders.
In Uganda, Tanzanian troops have completed their victory over the remnants of Idi Amin's army with a final advance to the Sudanese and Zairean borders. They reached their destinations on Saturday and Sunday (2/3 June), having crossed the entire length of Uganda since entering the country last January.
SYNOPSIS: On their way to the border, the Tanzanian forces passed through Koboko in northwest Uganda, where a military unit was reported to be stationed. But they found the village, where Idi Amin was born, completely deserted except for a chicken and a dog.
Only last autumn, Amin was posing as a hero on Tanzanian soil -- the enclave which his troops briefly captured, and which marked the start of his downfall. President Julius Nyerere responded by invading Uganda with his own men, and Ugandan exiles and took just eight months to defeat Amin.
Amin was convinced then that he had taught the Tanzanians 'a lesson', but is now reported to be in hiding, possibly in Iraq.
As they approached Zaire, the Tanzanian forces were greeted warmly by residents from the Zairean side of the border.
But they were more cautious when they moved on to the border with Sudan.
No resistance was encountered, but, at the border, Sudanese troops were seen n trenches with their weapons at the ready. Sudanese officials have criticised the Tanzanian invasion of Uganda. They said it was no longer safe to be a Moslem in Uganda following Amin's overthrow.
Thousands of Amin's soldiers had originally been recruited from southern Sudan, and they were believed to have fled back across the border ahead of the advancing invasion force.
As they came to the end of their campaign, the Tanzanian troops celebrated their victory, led by Major General Silas Myunga. Other units were securing the villages of Yumbe and Moyo nearby -- the last areas to fall under Tanzanian control.
Senior Tanzanian officers said they expected their units to begin returning home in the near future.