Idi Amin Dada (1925-2003) was the President and military leader of Uganda from 1971 to 1979. Those eight years have come to be recognized as one of the most infamous periods of havoc and domestic destruction the world has seen.
Prior to his anogoration as Uganda’s leader, Idi Amin joined the British Colonial regiment, The King’s African Rifles. He then became a military leader in January 1971 and then was self-promoted to field marshl while also being Head of the State.
Despite not being as highly recognized as his fellow infamous leaders like Hitler, his reign of power may be characterized but not limited to political abuse, human rights abuse, ethnic persecution, extra judicial killings, and corruption to name a few. But what headlines Idi Amin’s villainous regime, is the number of people killed as result of it. It has been estimated by human rights groups and worldly observers that between 100,o00 and 500,000 people were slaughtered.
Towards the end of his reign, Idi Amin declared himself the “Uncrowned King of Scotland” he also referred to himself as the last King of Scotland. There was also a movie made a few years ago to document his reign from a Hollywood perspective. In 1977 Britain had broken off all ties with Amin and his regime due to the fact that he had announced that he conquered the British Empire, and had self promoted himself as the “Conqueror of the British Empire.”
Idi Amin is also allegedly known as a cannibal. He was subjected to a number of rumours and different myths that were circulating about him. The basis of these rumours were his alleged mutilation of his very own wife. This unfortunately is not a proven fact, just pure rumour.
In 1979 after Amin’s army fled and abandoned him, he was sent to exile in Libya for a year until 1980, where he then fled and sled to Saudi Arabia. Many years later, the BBC tracked him down for his first interview since he was exiled. Photo taken from Google Images
He had claimed that he does not feel remorseful for his actions, and he felt that Uganda desperately needed him. On August 16, 2003 Idi Amin Dada died in a hospital in Jeddah Saudi Arabia. It was confirmed that on July 20, 2003 by one of Amin’s wives, Medina, that he was in a coma and near death in Jeddah suffering from kidney failure. In his last days, Medina had made an arrangement with the Uganda President, Yoweri Museveni for Amin to spend his remaining days in Uganda. President Museveni replied to Medina, by making notion that if he were to return back to Uganda he would have to pay for his sins. Idi Amin died a month later.
In these recent times, with all the destruction happening in the far East, fearless and notorious leaders like Idi Amin are remembered for the havoc and hardship they brought upon this earth.
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