Uganda: Shots Above the Music

Attired in a flashy crimson shirt and surrounded by security police, Apolo Milton Obote, the President of Uganda, was making his way through a cheering mob. He was leaving Kampala's Lugogo Stadium, where his ruling People's Congress had just approved his "Common Man's Charter," which was designed to turn his country into a socialist one-party state. While the army band blared out the party song, "Uganda Is Marching Forward," three shots rang out. Obote, 44, a onetime herdboy who led his country (pop. 8,000,000) to independence seven years ago, clutched his head and fell. In the crowd, women moaned and...

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