General Idi Amin, the Ugandan President, told an audience of Tanzanians resident in Uganda, that Africans owe allegiance to their individual nations, though they all had a common destiny, and any differences were artificial.
GV Kampala International Conference Centre.
SV INT Amin and officials enter, proceed to dais.
SV PAN Audience standing.
SV Amin speaking - Tanzanians, members of armed forces and others listening.
The recent conflict between Uganda and Tanzania, he added, "threatened to destroy our cherished goals as brothers with the same heritage, the same destiny and the same aspirations. If we had succumbed to these problems, our detractors and enemies, the imperialists and their agents, would have rejoiced. East Africa and Africa as a whole would have suffered an irreparable blow."
"It gives me great pleasure to address you brothers and sisters from the United of Tanzania, as Id did last Saturday to our Kenyan brothers and sisters. We are all responsible to our individual countries of origin, then to our East African region, and Africa as a whole. Believe me, among other things, that we all have a primary duty to be loyal to the national government of our countries -- with our maintaining the various services and carrying on various responsibilities of people living in this country. East Africans, and indeed all Africans, have had a common history and are still continuing to have a common destiny. Any problems and differences that may have occurred up to now and that may continue to occur are absolutely artificial."
In the International Conference in Kampala, hundreds of Tanzanians living in Uganda gathered to hear an address by the Ugandan President, General Idi Amin.
General Amin made the speech at a time when relations between the two neighbouring counties are strained, because Tanzania is still harbouring Milton Obote, the former Ugandan president who was deposed by General Amin.
He told the Tanzanians this support for the ex-president could cause trouble, but overall his speech was friendly.
SPEECH STARTS AT 22 FT - 35 SECS "It gives me great pleasure.......... SPEECH ENDS AT 88 - FT 2.21 MINS ".....are absolutely artificial."
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Background: General Idi Amin, the Ugandan President, told an audience of Tanzanians resident in Uganda, that Africans owe allegiance to their individual nations, though they all had a common destiny, and any differences were artificial.
His speech came during a period of increased tension between Uganda and Tanzania. The border was closed by President Amin for several days. In his speech to the Tanzanians on Friday (10 November), President Amin said there could be serious trouble if Tanzania continued to harbour Ugandan ex-president Milton Obote and his followers. He said there were over 800 trained guerrillas in Tanzania.