Uganda: Coup of Convenience

The strange goings-on in Uganda last week presented a variation on Africa's current crop of coups. Uganda's gov ernment was overthrown all right, but not by military men. It was Prime Minister Milton Apollo Obote himself who seized full powers, and he did it, so he said, only to prevent another coup which was being planned against him.

Obote has long nursed an ambition to do away with the political opposition and run Uganda on a one-party basis under the domination of his fellow Nilotic tribesmen of the north. Trouble is that a split recently began developing even in his...

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