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    Ugandan President Godfrey Binaisa flew home on Tuesday (11 March) after a red-carpet visit to Kenya which contrasted with a low-key visit to Tanzania last week.

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    CU Ugandan President Godfrey Binaisa speaking in English

    SV Binaisa and Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi speaking in English

    SV Binaisa speaking in English with Moi seated beside him

    SV Binaisa shaking hands with diplomats before departing (2 shots)


    BINAISA (SEQ 1): "The matters I discussed with my brother and his colleagues together with my two Ministers Dr. Kununka, Minister of Internal Affairs, and Mr. Fred Senteara (phonetic), Minister of State in my office were bilateral, were mainly concerned with the congestion of goods destined for Uganda at Mombasa Harbour, smuggling going on on our borders, smuggling of goods; related matters like internal security related to smuggling."

    REPORTER: "Did you discuss at all Kenya providing any forces to take part in a security force?"

    ARAP MOI (SEQ 2): "No. We didn't discuss that. You mean the forces...by forces you mean the army?"

    REPORTER: "Yes. The army or the police."

    ARAP MOI: "No."

    BINAISA: "Well you know...you know that Tanzania is still in Uganda and so there was no question of discussing matters of that nature."

    REPORTER: "In that respect, your Excellency, what are you going to do when Tanzania pulls out from your country?"

    ARAP MOI: "Do you know? Do you know whether Tanzania is pulling out?"

    REPORTER: "There have been reports that they have."

    BINAISA (SEQ 3): "Well that...I don't like to cross my bridges before I come to them When the event occurs we shall meet it in its time."

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    Background: Ugandan President Godfrey Binaisa flew home on Tuesday (11 March) after a red-carpet visit to Kenya which contrasted with a low-key visit to Tanzania last week. Growing differences between Uganda and Tanzania and this week's boost in Uganda's ties with Kenya may signify a turning point in the relationships among the three countries which until 1977 were linked in an economic and transport union. Tanzania helped overthrow Idi Amin last April and still has twenty thousand troops in Uganda. Diplomatic sources quoted by Reuters said Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere has stepped up plans for their withdrawal, claiming that Ugandan leaders have failed to give adequate backing to his soldiers in their attempts to deal with criminals. The sources say newly-trained Ugandan troops will replace the Tanzanians in Kampala and Entebbe and ten thousand Tanzanians will soon be withdrawn. President Binaisa gave a joint airport news conference with President Moi before leaving Nairobi.

    Kenya and Tanzania blamed each other for the collapse of their economic and transport union three years ago and relations have cooled since then. But Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania are expected to hold a tripartite summit in Mombasa later this month.

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