UGANDA: Big Daddy Takes Charge

Six months ago Uganda's President Apolo Milton Obote boasted that he was "perhaps the only African leader not afraid of a military coup." Last week Obote was proved to be more foolhardy than farsighted as his army staged Black Africa's 27th coup d'état in little more than a decade. Random battles raged from Kampala, Uganda's lovely capital city in the hills beside Lake Victoria, to Gulu in the north. At the Entebbe International Airport, a rebel tank clanked up to the front door and fired a shell at the far wall; the target was...

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