Idi Amin – the Third President of Uganda

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I would like to introduce to you a famous person. His name is Idi Amin. Idi Amin was Ugandan soldier, politician, and third president. He had a title of Marshal and Doctor of Law. He was 193 cm tall, East African boxing heavyweight champion and in 1975 he became chairman of the African Unification.

Idi Amin was a member of the small Kakwa ethnic group of northwestern Uganda. His birthdate is unconfirmed, but estimated to have been in 1925. His mother, an herbalist and diviner, raised him after his father deserted the family. Amin had little formal education before joining the King’s African Rifles of the British colonial army in 1946 as an assistant cook.

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Extremely charismatic and skilled, Amin quickly rose through the ranks. His stature was rather notable. He stood 6 feet, 4 inches tall and was a Ugandan light-heavyweight boxing champion from 1951 to 1960, as well as a swimmer. He soon became notorious among fellow soldiers for his overzealous and cruel military interrogations. Eventually he made the highest rank possible for a black African serving in the British army. From 1952 until 1956, he served in the British action against the Mau Mau revolt in Kenya. Before Uganda’s independence in 1962, Amin became closely associated with the new nation’s prime minister and president, Milton Obote. The two men worked to smuggle gold, coffee and ivory out of Congo, but conflicts soon arose between them, and on January 25, 1971, while Obote was attending a meeting in Singapore, Amin staged a successful military coup. Amin became president and chief of the armed forces in 1971, field marshal in 1975 and life president in 1976.

Amin began his rule with popular actions, including freeing several political prisoners. Simultaneously, however, he sent out “killer squads” to hunt down and murder Obote’s supporters, predominantly those from the Acholi and Lango ethnic groups, military personnel and civilians. His victims soon came to include people from every order and rank, including journalists, lawyers, homosexuals, students and senior bureaucrats. He expelled all Asians from Uganda in 1972, an action that led to the breakdown of his country’s economy. Amin became known as the “Butcher of Uganda” for his brutality. It is believed that some 300,000 people were killed during his presidency. In July 1976 he was personally involved in the hijacking of a French airliner to Entebbe. In October 1978 Amin ordered an attack on Tanzania. Aided by Ugandan nationalists, Tanzanian troops eventually overpowered the Ugandan army. As the Tanzanian-led forces neared Kampala, Uganda’s capital, on April 13, 1979, Amin fled the city. Escaping first to Libya, he finally settled in Saudi Arabia.

On August 16, 2003, Idi Amin died in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The cause of death was reported to be multiple organ failure. Although the Ugandan government announced that his body could be buried in Uganda, he was quickly buried in Saudi Arabia. He was never tried for gross abuse of human rights.

Next, I’d like to talk about how he became famous. In 1965 the rebellion of Maumau was suppressed and the amin was called ‘Uganda’s most brave man’. Amin was recognized for its accomplishment, being upgraded to Milton Obote who was Ugandan People’s Federal Governor of the day, became a colonial army officer who is the highest ranked African. In 1, 965 Uganda became independent from the UK and was supported by Obote who became prime minister, and was appointed vice commander of the army. When the rebel army centered on the former president came up in southern Uganda, Amin suppressed the rebel army. Amin has become a national hero due to these activities. In 1969, Obote banned making political parties, and caused major repulsion from Western European countries. Therefore, Britain contacts Amine ‘and plans to let Amin substitute for Obote. Amin was not satisfied with the western European way of doing it, but agreed with the British speculation because there are earthquakes and the earthquake wants to be top. And in 1971 Amin dared a coup d’etat while Obote was outdoors. There was also a boost from the UK, Amin had superbly grabbed power. And he became president. However, as soon as Amin became president, he laid down dictatorship and purged all the politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen and others caught right after the coup in the day. And, although I threw the corpse into the Nile River, the Nile River stained red with blood due to its frightfulness. However, Amin built friendships with Britain, the United States, Western countries and Israel that supported the coup, and accepted investment and business expansion from those countries. Then Amine killed a lot of people. Western European countries that he was expecting as the new conductor of the United States at the beginning of office as president also began to disseminate me extraordinarily. Amin answered that the Foreign Minister and the Minister of Finance suddenly changed in the Western countries, ‘I ate and stopped in the belly because they hardly got to the phone,’ and he was stunned the politicians of Western countries. Initially Amin, familiarly nicknamed ‘Big Daddy’, said that at least 300 thousand people were slaughtered by Ugandan citizens, and they were called ‘Black Hitler’ and ‘Human Chef’, and ‘African most blood the dictator who was covered with ‘was born.

Since Amin did not leave autobiography or official career throughout his life, birthplace and birth date are unknown. In Uganda of the UK colonial era, there are many theories that are born as Koboko or Kampala around 1925. In January 1971 at the then General Uganda military chief, at the British Commonwealth Summit Obote controlled power with a military coup d’etat while excursion. Amin laid dictatorship in Uganda in the 1970s. Amin killed 300 000 people. I thought it was bad to dominate and kill people like him. His work is mostly done for himself, I thought that I don’t want to imitate it.

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