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    In the Uganda capital of Kampala law and order remains a major problem a year after the overthrow of President Idi Amin.

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    LV & SV Neighbours and relatives of Mr. Samuel Sanywa standing outside house in Naguru weeping (2 shots)

    SV Neighbours watch as body is placed on truck (2 shots)

    SV Body wrapped in blood-stained sheets on truck

    LV & SV Crowd watching as truck drives off

    CU Neighbour, Mr. Mordecai Buluma, answering questions in English

    BULUMA: "Five men altogether."

    SHAW: "I understand there was many more. A much larger group of armed men?"

    BULUMA: "I imagine so because I head the shooting all around the perimeter and the entire area of the estate and imagine that there must have been many."

    SHAW: "What was their purpose? Was it robbery or were they checking for arms as the military has been doing in Kampala recently?"

    BULUMA: "The men who entered my house told me they were on official duty checking arms and they searched my house for arms but after that of course they went off with some property. And, I imagine the normal course for official checks through the house has been to go the head of the estate and we also have (suicide) through whom they should have reported in order to have access to the residents. So, I think this operation could have been illegal. I don't know."

    SHAW: "Normally there would be official channels for this kind of military operation?"

    BULUMA: "Exactly."

    SHAW: "Is there any indication who might have been responsible for this action?"

    BULUMA: "I do not have an idea but I believe that who ever engineered this was not doing it officially."

    SHAW: "The mood of the people in this estate must be one of fear now. Is this correct?"

    BULUMA: "They are in a state of extreme fear and really don't know whether to stay in town. The problem of (suicide) is extreme because they don't know whether to stay on in this insecurity or whether to stay on in this insecurity or whether to go to the village. It is an extremely difficult situation."

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    Background: In the Uganda capital of Kampala law and order remains a major problem a year after the overthrow of President Idi Amin. Despite an eight hour curfew the nights are filled with the sound of gunfire. Observers say that the people have little faith in the Uganda army and police force and vigilante groups now patrol the streets.

    SYNOPSIS: These people are the friends and relatives of one man killed in a night of violence in the Naguru Housing Estate near Kampula. Soldiers, members of the newly formed Ugandan National Liberation Army (UNLA), had mounted a sweep through the area looking for hidden weapons. The people, however, fear the troops and say that they are out only to rob and terrorise.

    Mr. Samuel Sanywa was a forty-five year old telephone engineer with a wife and fifteen children. Correspondents say that at least two others also died on that night. According to policemen in the area an army lieutenant was also killed. A police message on the official Uganda radio appealed for calm during what it called "a military exercise". The UNLA only took over control from the Tanzanians a mouth ago, and is said to be young undisciplined. A resident of Kampala, Mr. Mordecai Buluma talked to reporter Angus Shaw about the night Mr. Sanywa died.

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