The Ugandan Government, under General Idi Amin, has agreed to go ahead with the building of a new hotel to accommodate delegates to the next meeting of the Organisation of African Unity to schedule to beheld in Kampala in June.
MLV Side of new hotel under construction
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MV Man working on balcony of hotel
MV Men working on outside passage
MV Stone mason working on side of building
MV Men working on roadway
MV Men working on balustrade
LV Outside passage-way PAN TO hotel
LV New Conference Hall
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Background: The Ugandan Government, under General Idi Amin, has agreed to go ahead with the building of a new hotel to accommodate delegates to the next meeting of the Organisation of African Unity to schedule to beheld in Kampala in June. The decision to go ahead comes at a time when some African nations are trying to get the venue changed because they still recognise President Milton Obote as the lawful leader of Uganda. The President was overthrown in January this year while out of the country. The present Ugandan Government has agreed to take over the financing of million and a half sterling 19 storey headquarters and the accompanying hotel.
SYNOPSIS: The Ugandan government has decided to go ahead with the building of a new conference hall and hotel for the next meeting of the Organisation of African Unity in Kampala this June. The decision has been taken despite the opposition from some African nations. They have not recognised the Government of Colonel Idi Amin who seized power from President Obote last January when he was out of the country.
Under President Obote, work was started on a new conference hall for the meeting, and a hotel to accommodate the delegates. Construction stopped at the time of the military takeover and only recently was it resumed. The total cost to Uganda will be in excess of two million starling.
The Zambian leader, President Kenneth Kaunda, in his capacity az Chairman of the O.A.U., has been sounding the opinion of other leaders on the question of the conference venue. Several African states, including Guinea, Somalia and Tanzania, regard Doctor Obote, now living in Dar Es Salaam, as Uganda's rightful Head of State. Uganda's stand is that the meeting must be held in Kampala as decided at the last O.A.U. summit meeting in Addis Ababa in September.