UGANDA: Brother Godfrey takes a fall

Another Amin successor is toppled

"The military commission wishes to inform the public that it has taken over the powers of the President."

With that terse message, Radio Uganda last week proclaimed the ouster of President Godfrey Binaisa, 59. Scarcely a year after the overthrow of the despotic Idi Amin Dada and the installation of a civilian regime, the military was back in power. Protested one opponent of the army takeover: "They have succeeded in hijacking the government."

The coup was virtually bloodless; nevertheless, it turned the capital, Kampala, into a ghost town of deserted streets and shuttered houses, as citizens, still...

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