The sequence of events which led to the total breakdown of relations between Obote's government and the Baganda arose from developments in neighbouring Zaire. However, these were only the catalyst for a rupture which, whatever Obote's hopes, had threatened to take place even before independence was achieved.' Obote had little liking for Moise Tshombe, the Zairean prime minister, whom he regarded as an agent of neoimperialism. His sympathies lay with the National Liberation Committee, which opposed Tshombe's government. InJanuary 1965 he arranged for one of the leaders of the Committee, Christophe Gbenye, to attend a secret meeting with Presidents Kenyatta and Nyerere and some of the UPC leaders in Mbale, a town in Eastern Uganda. Gbenye's audience was impressed by the case he made, but the rules of the OAU forbade interference in the internal affairs of member states. If, therefore, they wished to help him, they must do so clandestinely. Both Tanzania and Uganda shared their western border with Zaire, but the rebels were located in north-eastern Zaire so that Uganda was the obvious channel through which contact should be made.