Former Ugandan President, Milton Obote, has been re elected leader of the Ugandan Peoples' Congress (UPC) and nominated as the party's presidential candidate in general elections due to be held on December the tenth.
GV EXTERIOR Conference centre in Kampala, Uganda
SV Dr. Milton Obote Former Ugandan President, arriving with other delegates and clapping (2 shots)
SV Dr. Obote shaking hands
CU Dr. Obote acknowledging applause and begins speaking (3 shots)
TRANSCRIPT; SEQ. 4: OBOTE:"We have rekindled the flame of freedom in Uganda. We have overcome nine and a half years of ruthless, consistent and odious acts to destroy the congress of the people. We now therefore meet to map out the road ahead and to construct that road. We have the ability, we have the personnel, we have the experience and we have the determination--and we have the determination to achieve that "objective. The problems facing the country are intimidating, but the UPC can never and can not be intimidated by anybody or by any poverty, ignorance or disease. Our treasury is bare and we have no foreign exchange to purchase the essential commodities required so badly today. This situation is further aggravated by the ruinous state of our basic industries. When once we were exporters of a number of cash crops and some basic commodities like sugar, today we need to import practically everything we need for our day to day living. It is an enigmatic situation that while we have no money we have no foreign exchange, we must somehow import goods from abroad. This congress must come out with clear policies and priorities in all fields."
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Background: Former Ugandan President, Milton Obote, has been re elected leader of the Ugandan Peoples' Congress (UPC) and nominated as the party's presidential candidate in general elections due to be held on December the tenth.
SYNOPSIS: The vote came at the first national conference of the U.P.C. in Kampala on Tuesday (4 November). 17-hundred local delegates were there and gave Dr. Obote their unanimous support for both the party presidency and candidacy. Although it was a foregone conclusion that Dr. Obote would win the party leadership, the actual selection wasn't due to have been held until the end of the conference on Thursday (6 November).
In an address to delegates, Dr. Obote spoke of the party's need to institute clear policies for Uganda's future.