The Ugandan government crisis was resolved today as ex-president Yusufu Lule departed by Plane for London and calm returned to the streets of Kampala.
President Godfrey Binaisa, looking relaxed, said at a press conference that he felt "fortunate that there has been no wild enthusiasm for me - unlike my predecessors Dr. Obote and Amin - I will climb from hatred to love."
Binaisa's position as Uganda's president was assured last night when the Tanzanian government announced its support for him.
Binaisa asserted that Lule has not gone into exile.
"The change of government should not mean an outgoing president becomes an exile. Mr. Lule will have all the benefits and privileges fitting a former head of stat - house, car, chauffeur, guard, pension," he said.
The new president confirmed that former president Milton Obote, who was ousted in 1971 by Idi Amin, would be accorded the same privileges when he returns to Uganda. Obote has been living in exile in Tanzania.
Lule was selected president after Tanzanian troops and Ugandan exiles deposed Amin two months ago. Two days ago, the National Consultative Council, which acts as a temporary legislature, voted to replace Lule with Binaisa, who at one time was Uganda's attorney general in the Obote Cabinet.
Binaisa said today the massive pro-Lule demonstrations Thursday had been orchestrated by "hooligans" who walked around Kampala shouting abuse "but were met with only reason."
Independent observers saw truck-loads of people being brought into the city at midnight Wednesday but said the demonstration seemed to have gathered its own mementum by Thursday.
Many of the wooden signs pinned on trees and buildings down the Entebbe Road saying "Lule is president, down with Binaisa" were identical and appeared to have been made together.
Binaisa, an attorney who practiced law in New York, admitted that his own house had been looted during Thursday's demonstrations.
Two Ex-Lule ministers, Lutokome Kayiira, previously minister of internal affairs, and Robert Sabunya, commissioner for information, thought to have been active in the demonstractions, telephoned reporters here today to say they were in hiding and feared arrest.
But Binaisa denied there were plans to arrest any members of the old government.
In view of the crucial importance of Tanzanian backing for his government it was not surprising that the new president promised stronger links with Tanzania.
"They are our brothers and sisters and will train our army," he said.
He said that the National Consultative Council would soon be expanded from 30 to 90 to give it a regional representation.
Lule reportedly had refused to expand the council.
A long statement issued by the Uganda National Liberation Front also accused Lule's government of failing to take action against Amin's known agents in Kampala and having no policy to relocate businesses and restart the commercial life of the country.
Two and a half months after the fall of Amin, shop windows remain broken in central Kampala and there is nothing to buy. Although gasoline is available, there are few other signs of a return to normality. CAPTION: Picture, Ugandans demonstrate in Kampala Thursday in support of former president Lule. AP