The legacy of eight years of rule by Idi Amin is visible in many parts of this capital of West Nile Province.
Amin favored his home province with a number of prestige projects that now lie in ruin and decay.
Only one of his grandiose plans for this town of 10,000 close to Uganda's borders with Zaire and Sudan ever ghostly monuments to his efforts.
The most expensive project was a satellite telecommunications station installed by the Harris Corp. of Florida at a cost of $8.9 million.
The three "dishes" for satellite reception and a large antenna are still standing, but the facility is not operating because of looting by Tanzanian troops during the 1979 war that ousted Amin.
The station provided international television reception and worldwide telephone hookups that were channeled through Kampala.
The Verona fathers at Ombachi Roman Catholic mission next to the facility recall that during the 1978 World Cup soccer competition in Argentina they could go to the station and watch any game they desired.
The station was probably the only place in the world where one had to use a handcrank telephone system to get into the satellite telecommunications network. Today, as a result of the war last October between the military and guerrillas formerly loyal to Amin, the phones do not work at all.
A report, by the U.N. Development Program, which is considering financing the transfer of the equipment to a site near Kampala for an Africa-wide training center, criticized its location. The the area had inadequate commercial power, and huge quantities of fuel had to be transported over dirt tracks to power the facility.
Amin also planned an international airport in the remote city, which is hundreds of miles from any large population center. Zairian President Mobutu Sese Seko laid the foundation stone in July 1973 but little more was done.
An international Moslem university also was planned, although Amin and his fellow Moslems in the area made up less than 10 percent of the population. hWork never got under way on the university nor on a large hotel complex.
The dictator's own personal "monument" in the area was a once-palatial Winnebago house trailer that Amin used as his home when he traveled in the area.
The retreating Amin soldiers took it with them in Zaire in 1979, but the Kinshasa government returned it. Its interior gutted, the Winnebago now sits on its axles in front of the district government headquarters in Arua.
Amin also sought to improve access to the underdeveloped West Nile. At Pakwach, where a bridge over the Nile is the entry to the province, about 20 rusting bulldozers and dump trucks have been abandoned in a road construction yard.
The equipment, worth more than $1 million when new, was to be used to construct the Pakwach-to-Arua highway. The province still does not have a paved highway.
A group of girls last week dramatically, if unintentionally, illustrated just how bizarre Amin's modernization attempts were in the underdeveloped region.
With the satellite station as a backdrop, they knelt on the ground, chanting and pounding on gourds. Their aim was force white ants out of the ground to capture and crush into a paste. The paste is regarded as a delicacy and a source of protein in the food-short province.