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Monday, 8 August 2011

Idi Amin

Between 1951 and 1960 Idi Amin was the Heavyweight boxing champion of Uganda.

Idi Amin seized power of Uganda in a military coup on January 25, 1971, while President Milton Obote was attending a Commonwealth summit meeting in Singapore.  One week after the coup, Amin declared himself President of Uganda, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Army Chief of Staff, and Chief of Air Staff.

By United Nations (via Library of Congress Country Study). Taken on October 1975 by the United Nations (T. Chen)., 

As president of Uganda between 1971–79, Amin exercised a reign of terror over his people during which an estimated 300,000 people were killed.

Amin was believed to have up to 50 children and five wives, two of whom he killed.

During his rule Amin banned miniskirts, and attended a Saudi royal funeral wearing a kilt.

In 1977, when Britain broke diplomatic relations with Uganda, Radio Uganda announced his entire title as: "His Excellency President for Life, Field Marshal Alhaji Dr. Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, CBE".

Queen Elizabeth II planned to hit Idi Amin with the Pearl Sword if he came to her Silver Jubilee, according to Lord Mountbatten.

Idi Amin was deposed as Uganda President on April 11, 1979. He fled Kampala as Tanzanian troops and Uganda National Liberation Front forces closed in. Amin escaped first to Libya, where he stayed until 1980, and ultimately settled in Saudi Arabia,

Idi Amin died on August 16, 2003 at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, from kidney failure. He was buried in Ruwais Cemetery in Jeddah in a simple grave without any fanfare.

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