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Page 10-Wednesday, May 2, 1979-The Michigan Daily

TORORO, Uganda (AP)-The silence
of death clung to the eastern Ugandan
town of Tororo yesterday as the living
crept out of their homes to bury the
dead and look for the misiing.
No dogs barked. No' cars moved.
Shops were shut. On the town square,
the doors of a looted bank stood open.
Victorious Tanzanian soldiers lounged
near a deserted church, propping their
weapons on the porch of the parish wall.
In the nearly deserted town, scores of
houses stood looted and abandoned,
doors and windows carelessly left open.
F jiMeii

haunts rural Uganda
A FEW TOWNSFOLK gathered on
street corners, asking each other about The war began six months ago when knew they had no ci
missing wives and children, and trying Amin's forces occupied a 710-square- commissioner, a tra
to comprehend the savagery they sur- mile section of Tanzania. President ficer and a bank mar
vived h Julius Nyerere's troops pushed the Prison officer Va
By most estimates, hundreds of Ugandans out in two weeks and forced a came into town yest
civilians were shot and bayoneted to steady retreat toward Kampala. family. "Two of my
death here and in nearby villages in the "THEY WERE DEFEATED. The Now I am looking fo
past three weeks. Residents described only way they could keep some kind of children. They are rr
it as a last spasm of revenge by the power was by killing and looting," said "Some of Amin's r
soldiers of Idi Amin, who knew they Zadock Ekwaro, 22, an electrician. clothes and pretende
were doomed when Amin's army was What happened in Tororo happened new government.T
pushed out of Kampala, the capital, on in dozens of towns as Amin's forces with Lule!' If you r
April11. retreated north and east rather than way, you were dead,
fight the Tanzanians and Ugandan "THE KILLING i
exiles who installed Usufu Lula as
provisional president. a week. Then the so
But few towns were hit as hard as bush to hide and ca
Tororo, an attractive community of kill."
2,000 known for a cement factory, a At the nearby
popular tourist hotel and Tororo Rock, village of Busia, 10
a spire visible for miles. men lay near a crt
g TANZANIANS AND Ugandan exiles covered them withg
who liberated Tororo over the weekend looting the local cust
. met scant resistance from Amin's few Men, women, and<
remaining men. Some who tried to they removed door
escape were incinerated when Tan- and bookcases frot
zanian fire hit their truck. crowd gathered ina
Tanzanians buried the last of their were using a sledgi
enemies' bodies yesterday in common into a safe.
graves, a row of 15 earthen mounds, Wycliffe Mukolwa
each said to contain 10 or more bodies. himself as an uner
There were crosses made of twigs. One said he took cha
resident said many of Amin's soldiers uprising in Busia th
died in a brief civilian revolt. der to Kenya over-th
Civilians' bodies were buried where "TWO OF AMI
they fell, survivors said. The town- trying to sell a jeep
speople were free of Amin for the first and I said we'd buy
time in eight years, but they were not the bush and slaug
celebrating. Their losses were too high. knives while they
THE MANAGER OF the Rock Hotel money," Mukolwe s
summoned the few employees he could "We took theirg
find and began sweeping up debris left other people who car
by Amin's men, who used the hotel as a knives, and we kil
barracks. Saturday. We took th
Other residents talked about the past "About 20 morev
weeks. "Any civilian on the road was a 'day when we car
target," Vkwaro said. "If you were on
your bicycle, they took you off and . tion.
stabbed you. If you were in a car, they "THE TANZANIA
AuGHUN made you get out, walk a short distan- do when they camec
ce, and then shot you. Mukolwe said he
TFUTH BAND "Women were even shot in the when it became cle
DREAMS market. The only thing to do was to stay could no longer offe
ng: in your home, and that's how we made ce.
nt/The Dark Prince it."
nd The Comforter HOTEL MANAGER Eric Ndugwa "When they killed
erstanding said, "They were after heads of depar- all annoyed. We
tments, anyone with ,responsibility. something about it.'
They were desperate because they

hance. The district
de development of-
nager were shot."
aleriano Ekol, 38,
erday to look for his
brothers were shot,
r my wife and four
issing," he said.
men put on civilian
d they were for the
They shouted, 'Up
eplied in the same
' Ekol said.
n town lasted about
ldiers went into the
me out at night to
Ugandan border
0 bodies of Amin's
ossroads. Villagers
grass and turned to
oms post.
children laughed as
rs, windows, files,
m the building. A
a room where men
ehammer to break
, 36, who described
ployed policeman,
rge of a civilian
at opened the bor-
e weekend.
N'S soldiers were
for $600. A friend
it. We led them into
ghtered them with
were counting the
guns. Then we got
rried clubs and long
lled four more on
heir rifles.
were killed on Sun-
ptured the police
ANS had nothing to
on Monday."
e began the revolt
ar that Amin's men
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Johnson to decide MSA
election certification soon.
(Continued from Page r
Barr, however, said that because the and Student Legal Services. "They (the
hearing was held early not everyone Regents) put the money in receivership
had adequate time to prepare their in my office until I can get MSA back
case. He claimed that when Brad with as much vigor and swift resolve as
Canale, SABRE party president, filed I can," said Johnson. "I do not believe
an appeal only two members of the in winning isolated battles - I believe
court heard his case, although six or in winning wars," he added.
seven are required for quorum. Johnson, who proposed that two
Barr claimed that "the court's only years of Student Legal Services funding
power was asserted in throwing out the be approved by the Regents, said their
election - it was their only chance adoption of one year instead was "the
during the year to exercise control." lesser of two evils," claiming that "the
"THERE'S A lot more to lose by not chances of any MSA fee passing on a
certifying the elections," said Barr. "If mandatory basis would've been wiped
they're not certified, the University will out without the intervention of the ad-
control MSA's funds." ministration," because of election dif-
But Sullivan said that he "understan- ficulties.
ds that the Regents have a duty to make He also claimed that the main
sure the money doesn't go anywhere question in this year's MSA elections is
while there's no official student gover- "whether the degree of irregularity
nment." warrants reelection," citing some
Johnson has control of the $2.92 degree of irregularity in every election.
assessment, per student passed in "I think that had there not been ad-
MSA's election and approved by the ministration intervention, there would
Regents, to go towards funding of MSA not-be any solution soon," said Johnson.

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