Uganda: Pendulum Swing

President Obote is overthrown

Gradually but inexorably, the momentum kept building. Earlier this month the government of violence-racked Uganda (estimated pop. 14.5 million) was denounced yet again by Amnesty International for torturing its political opponents. Two weeks later fighting broke out between soldiers belonging to President Apollo Milton Obote's Lango tribe and those from the Acholi clan, prompting Obote to tell a group of senior military men that they were welcome to try to wrest power from him if they coveted his "hot seat."

Last week around 2,000 mutinous Acholi troops, led by Northern Brigade Commander Bazilio Olara Okello, seized control of parts of the...

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