For more than a decade, this theme has been gradually developed by Obote's opponents. It appears to have gained credence outside Uganda, even among some who, if they were to cast back their minds to the 1970s, would recall the atrocities perpetrated by Amin's 'disciplined' army, the collapse of the country's hitherto buoyant economy, the 'quatermass' growth of a black market in every conceivable commodity, the flight of the intelligentsia - or such of them as escaped Amin's death squads - and the cloud of fear which hung over the 'ordinary people' who lived near enough to the roads to be at the mercy of Amin's armed predators. They might, too, if they looked up the newspapers of 1979, read that the Tanzanian invaders were greeted with joy and relief by the suffering people of Uganda, and that they did not 'restore Obote' but instead prepared the way for the presidency of Yusufu Lule, who took office in April 1979. Any raping or looting done by the invaders in the course of driving out Amin was performed before ever Obote returned to Uganda in May 1980. This was over thirteen months after Lule became president and eleven months after Amin's defeated rabble had crossed the borders into Kenya or the Sudan. As to the '300,000 people systematically killed by Obote's army' - a conservative estimate according to some sources - the figures are indeed an estimate, and the attribution of those deaths
exclusively to Obote's army contradicts many of the newspaper reports of the time.