Uganda's new president Yusufu Lule told a news conference in Entebbe on Saturday (14 April) that one priority for his new government would be to restore the Ugandan people's confidence.
GV PAN Entebbe State House, Uganda, with armed soldiers guarding
SV President Yusufu Lule taking seat at news conference
SV newsmen and cameras PAN TO Lule and officials seated at table. Lule speaks
REPORTER:"How would you recently summarise the most important problems facing the new government?"
LULE: "Well, I consider myself at the...there are three problems. There is the problem of psychological and emotional orientation, or rehabilitation, if I can put it that way. Those of you who knew Uganda ten years ago, know that it is a very different country today. And, as I said yesterday, certain characteristics... we have certain characteristics which I think are permanent, but which we hope will be revived. There has ben a loss of confidence in the government, there has been a loss of confidence in your neighbours, and???there has been a loss of confidence in life sometimes -- the desire to live because circumstances make life less interesting. Now we, if we can give the people confidence that in fact they are going to be treated like human beings, that life is worthwhile living, then the rest can follow. Because the economic development itself can only be brought about by a people who are ready and willing to work, because they have something to live for."
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Background: Uganda's new president Yusufu Lule told a news conference in Entebbe on Saturday (14 April) that one priority for his new government would be to restore the Ugandan people's confidence. Mr. Lule says he has no political ambitions himself, and his neutrality made him the choice of both the country's left and right political wings as the successor to Idi Amin.
SYNOPSIS: On the grounds of the heavily-guarded Entebbe State House, Mr. Lule gave his first news conference as President of Uganda. This quiet man, and his new transitional government, face massive tasks that include uniting the people, getting the country back on a sound economic footing, and wooing back investment to Uganda.