President Idi Amin, on Monday (9 Oct.) took the salute, as for the first time in the 10 years of Uganda's independence, several hundred Ugandan Asians joined the massive ceremonial march-past.
GV PAN Crowd gathered for parade
LV Libyan officials arrive at reviewing stand
SCU PAN Somali President Barre arrives
SV PAN President Amin arrives in jeep (2 shots)
SCU & SV PAN President Amin inspects guard of honour as crowd looks on (3 shots)
SV & GV President Amin takes salute as parade passes reviewing stand (6 shots).
GV Ugandan Asians march past (2 shots)
SCU President Amin decorates Somali President
GV Crowd looks on
SCU President Amin decorates Vice-President of Sudan
SV President Amin speaks to Ugandan Asians (2 shots)
GV Uganda Asians cheering President
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Background: President Idi Amin, on Monday (9 Oct.) took the salute, as for the first time in the 10 years of Uganda's independence, several hundred Ugandan Asians joined the massive ceremonial march-past.
The military was less in evidence at this 10th Anniversary Independence parade than last January, when Ugandans marked the first anniversary of the military takeover which brought General Amin to power. On Monday there was no military hardware on display, although outside Kampala there are still army checkpoints on many roads following the recent dispute with Tanzania.
As in previous years, the celebrations took place at Kololo Airstrip, near the centre of Kampala, where the independence instruments were handed over to Uganda's than Prime Minister, Dr. Milton Obote, in 1962.
During the march-past, there was a great cheer for the 350 Uganda ???ians who took part. General Amin himself had helped to rehearse them last week and regarded their participation in the celebrations as part of the general process of identification with African aspirations. In a nationwide broadcast earlier in the day, President Amin said his expulsion of non-citizen Asians was an obligation to the nation that had to be fulfilled and was not based on racialism.
SYNOPSIS: People began arriving at Kololo Airstrip, near Kampala, on Monday, for ceremonies marking Uganda's tenth anniversary of independence. The day was to have special significance, as Ugandan Asians were to take part in the ceremonies for the first time in ten years.
Of the dignitaries present, the first to arrive were Libyan officials.....
...then Somali President Siad Barre, a special guest.
Uganda's President Idi Amin then arrived at the Airstrip, where the independence instruments were handed over to Uganda's then Prime Minister, Dr. Milton Obote, in 1962.
Aside from the guard of honour, the military was less in evidence at these celebrations than last january, when Ugandans marked the first anniversary of the military takeover, which brought General Amin to power.
The ceremonial march-past began with the President asking the salute for the trooping of the colours. General Amin then reviewed European, Asian and African veterans of the last war, schoolchildren, boy scouts and girl guides. There was no military hardware on display, despite the recent troubles and accusations that Tanania had invaded Uganda only three weeks ago. There were, however, military checkpoints set up on many roads.
Three-hundred and fifty Ugandan Asians, whom General Amin had himself rehearsed, provided a highlight of the ceremony.
After the march-past, President Amin conferred on Somali President Barre, Uganda's highest honour, the Order of the Source of the Nile, First Class.
then Sudan's First Vice-President, Major-General Mohamed El-Bagir. received the Order of the Source of the Nile, Second class. The Somali Foreign Minister, Omer Artsh, received a similar decoration for his part in ending the conflict between Uganda and Tanzania.
In addressing the crowd, which included many Ugandan Asians, President Amin said his expulsion of non-citizen Asians was not based on racialism.