Uganda's President, Field-Marshal Idi Amin, has received a hostile world press in recent months as continuing reports of alleged atrocities have been released by Uganda officials fleeing their country and seeking domicile elsewhere.
Uganda's President, Field-Marshal Idi Amin, has received a hostile world press in recent months as continuing reports of alleged atrocities have been released by Uganda officials fleeing their country and seeking domicile elsewhere. The reports, most of which directly implicate President Amin, include allegations of mass retaliatory killings and of genocide. The President is thought to have survived an attempted assassination earlier this week, but has yet to make a public appearance. His full title is "His Excellency Dr. Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Possessor of Almighty Power and Knowledge, Lord of the Clans in the Land, the Father of all Twins, the Cook With all the Firewood, the Lord of the Shield and Spears the Queen Termite, and the President of the Second Republic of Uganda".
SYNOPSIS: President Amin's leadership is based on complete and unquestioned authority. His critics describe it as a reign of terror which has Ugandan citizens constantly fearful for their lives, but however it may be considered by outsiders there is no doubting that those who offend are unlikely to escape punishment.
Even in 1967, as a Brigadier in Dr milton Obote's army, Idi Amin was riding a wave of popularity and promotion. He rose from the rank of Corporal in the King's African Rifles to Commander-In-Chief of the Ugandan Forces, making frequent visits abroad.
In January 1971 amin obtained the help of his Malire Regiment to depose President Obote. The coup was swift and effective.
President Amin had once praised the financial skills of Uganda's Asian community, but by 1972 was determined his country's economy should be controlled by Ugandans instead, and so expelled them.
His relationship with the christian church in Uganda has not been a happy one. Earlier this year, at a time when church leaders were openly critical of his regime and its methods of silencing opponents, Archbishop Janani Luwum was killed in uncertain circumstances which alarmed the U.N. and man countries.
Uganda's contact with its East African community neighbours has become very strained and even Kenya has voiced its strong disapproval of Amin's regime at the recent Commonwealth Conference in London. Member-countries made it plain to President Amin that he would not be welcome at the conference, and although he eventually chose not to attend, was very annoyed and adamant that his guidance would be an essential ingredient.