In his capacity as the new Chairman of the Organisation of American Unity (OAU), President Idi Amin of Uganda held an informal news conference in Kampala on Saturday (2 August).
SV President Amin shaking hands with official and sits for news conference
SV Cameramen filming
CU Amin speaking
SV Cameramen and newsmen and Amin speaking (3 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: AMIN: SEQ 3: "If we are united it is the same as if the Pales ... the Arab people units together without quarrelling. They can easily win against their enemy in the Middle East very easily, and this is similar to Africa. The only thing we must be, economically strong, because -- for your information-I see you there you are Africa.The most important is the economic. I am now the current chairman of the OAU, I have already won my economic revolution in Uganda. I am no longer slave, even my people are no longer slaves in Africa. They are master of themselves. You can even witness this when you are here in Uganda, everything is being done by Ugandans--that true? You agrees? And if there are cars, everything, 'plane what--it's being done completely by Ugandans. And now the liberation is coming to an end. Now it is the time for the African to fight for the economy. Because whether you have ..... you are moving with a ... (INDISTINCT) ... but if you are still economically slaves of the big powers and they are controlling you, you will never be completely independent. Therefore you must make sure that your people got independence, freedom, economic control, and it is very important."
AMIN: "Field Marshal Amin confirms as also Chairman of the OAU with the whole information from my brothers the independent delegates of the independent African countries, we are not under force at all from the United States, and even the Secretary-General of the OAU, can tell you, we don't have any bother from the United States -- not because it is not a member of the Organisation of African Unity. The United States, the only way it can put pressure on the weak country, independent country like Uganda, where we are not controlled by any super power. In itself it is the independent country. Uganda is independent, and OAU is also an united organisation of African unity, and yet it is not being destroyed by any super power."
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Background: In his capacity as the new Chairman of the Organisation of American Unity (OAU), President Idi Amin of Uganda held an informal news conference in Kampala on Saturday (2 August). Dressed in a charcoal grey suit, he deftly fielded a barrage or questions from journalists for more than an hour.
Asked about South Africa, the President said that if the Prime Minister, Mr. John Vorster, wanted to live in peace and harmony, he should give the black population majority rule.
"You know that automatically the black people are the majority" said the President, "but they will not kill you, the white people ... we are not racists like South Africa". He said the most important aim for African countries was to become economically independent of the super powers.
Asked if the United States had much influence in the OAU, President Amin replied that he, and all the other delegates at the recent summit, would confirm that the United States could not put pressure on the Organisation. It could only put pressure on the weak, individual country.