International protest and accusations of murder continued to mount today int he deaths in Uganda of Archbishop Janani Luwum and two government officials accused of plotting against President Idi AMin.
Amin claimed that the alleged car crash that killed the three men was "a punishment of God," Ugnada radio said, while a government-controlled newspaper in Kampala, the Ugnada capital, called for the elevation of the president to emperor and siad he should be given an "honorary religious name such as son of God."
Outraged protests from church and human rights groups, officials, and newspapers around the world indicated an widespread conviction that the men were murdered.
Meanwhile, Uganda relaeased more details of the alleged auto crash. Uganda radio, monitored in Nairobi, Kenya, said autopsies showed that Archbishop Luwum died of a ruptured liver and lung and that governm ent ministers Charles Oboth-Ofumbe and Erinayo Oryema died form extensive brain damage and bleeding.
The government claims that the three men were being taken for questioning when they tried to overpower the driver, causing a collision.
A hig-ranking military source reached in Kampala by telephone said the men were killed by Amin's secret police while under arrest in a Subaru automobile. He said their bullit-riddled bodies were taken to a morturary which was immediately placed off limits even to the victims relatives, Los Angeles Times correspondent David Lamb reported from Nairobi.
The military source said that Bishop Festo Kivergere, a leading critic of Amin, was arrested in Kampala today when he attempted to claim the body of the archbishop.
The Daily Nation newspaper in Kenya, which has severely strained relations with Uganda, quoted an unnamed gunmen were killing hundreds' of civilians in norther Uganda in a massacre directed against Acholi and Langi tribesmen.
As condemnation of the alleged murders mounted, the British government called for an impartial inquiry into the deaths of the three men. A similar demand as was made yesterday by Canada.
Archbishop Luwum's predecessor in Kampala and the Ugands's last white archbishop, the Rt. Rev. Leslie Brown is flying to Kampala to represent the Church of England and the Anglican Consultativi Council at the funeral, it was announced today. In Nairobi, the All-Africa Conference of Churches said it planned to send a top-level delegation of churchmen from across Africa.
In New York, Presiding Bishop John Maury Allin of the Episcopal CHurch has declared Sunday a day of mourning for Luwum in Episcopal churches throughout the United States. The Washington Cathedral has scheduled a memorial service Sundary at 4 p.m. The Rt. Rev. John T. Walker, coadjuter bishop of the Diocese of Washington and a personal friend of the slain archbisho, will preach.