How the 1971 overthrow of president Obote was hatched

Soldiers stand guard near Radio Uganda moments before news of the military takeover was announced on January 25, 1971. Circled is Corporal Moses Galla who rammed an APC into the armoury where mutineers got guns. PHOTO COURTESY OF FAUSTIN MUGABE

The coup was the 27th in Africa and the second in Uganda. When it happened, Obote and his entourage of about 30 government officials were in Singapore attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting.

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