We gladly pursued the British government's objectives of granting independence to countries such as Uganda, where I served in the administration from 1955 to 1963. It may be that Uganda could have been better prepared for independence if we had been more positive in the 1950s in planning a timetable for a reasonable period of self-government leading to independence in the late 1960s or early 1970s. However, Mr Macmillan gave in to pressures from left-wingers and the Americans and ordered us to cut and run from East Africa in the early 1960s.
Nevertheless, older Ugandans today, as their country recovers from the regimes of Amin and Obote, remember our years with gratitude. Now, under President Museveni, there are once again high hopes for Uganda's future.
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