Heads of State at the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) conference in Liberia have dropped the divisive issue of Tanzania's invasion of Uganda, but only after the annual summit exploded into violent agreements.
Heads of State at the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) conference in Liberia have dropped the divisive issue of Tanzania's invasion of Uganda, but only after the annual summit exploded into violent agreements. They broke out on Wednesday night (18 July), following a blunt address by Uganda's new President, Godfrey Binaisa. He attacked former President Idi Amin, calling him a primitive fascist, and strongly defending Tanzania's military intervention to oust Amin. The OAU is under pressure to revise its charter to give it greater power to deal with African wars and disputes. But the issue reached a deadlock with some factions insisting that Tanzania's intervention must not be condoned, while other countries fully supported the armed invasion of Uganda.
SYNOPSIS: The OAU conference in Monrovia got underway on Tuesday (17 July). Trouble started immediately with a walkout by Arab and Left wing African leaders when Egyptian President Anwar Sadat---seen arriving here--later took the podium to defend his peace treaty with Israel. Among those attending the first session were Guinea's President, Ahmed Sekou Toure, and Libyan Foreign Minister, Abdelsalam Turkeiki, who criticised Tanzania's intervention into Uganda. Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo said no African leader had the right to forcibly effect a change in the government of another country, but Uganda's President Binaisa challenged the OAU on its record of silence on human rights violations in Uganda and other African countries. Liberian President, William Tolbert, opened the first session on a note of optimism.
Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere and Sudanese President Jaafar Limerri, then began the debate on interventionism in Africa.