ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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UGANDA- Amin s Hour of Reckoning

August 21, 1976 ON July 4, Kenya imposed a blockade on the supply of oil to Uganda from its Mombasa-based refineries. Uganda being landlocked and highly vulnerable to economic retaliation from Kenya which is its lifeline to the sea, Amin attempted alternately to cajole the Ken- yatta regime into co-operation, and drive it with threats of armed retaliation into submission. But the blockade continued. On July 24, Amin announced that the country was left with only five days' oil supply, and informed the UN and OAU that he might lie compelled to go to war in self-defence. Kenya pointed out that Amin's supply was more likely to last 100 days and remained adamant on the question of the embargo.

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