Story by Hussein Lumumba Amin. Photo: President Idi Amin.
Let me start by saying that the first Ugandan leader to take tourism seriously in this country was President Idi Amin. Others never really thought of it until recently when foreign organizations started putting money in conservation. Anyone who remembers these same people in the 90's knows what I am talking about. Even the animals in the national zoo had all died of hunger, disease, neglect and squalor. I used to visit the zoo when I was a kid so I know how it was kept pristine back then in the 70's. We have all seen President Amin make great efforts to promote Ugandan wildlife abroad by even regularly taking foreign journalists on trips to the national parks. He was also dedicated to protecting the natural environment.
Even the Ugandan Miss tourism contest to help promote tourism in Uganda was started under Amin.
However, it is funny that some people who are working independently of the Amin family, are planning to make a museum about President Idi Amin for tourism. That to me sounds like a political scam in the making, and a new idea that will allow someone to fleece the taxpayer.
First of all, the same people are responsible for the already existing national museum which they have simply failed to maintain or even upgrade, and historic items have been mostly stolen and the little remaining are rotting away in a state of disuse and decades of sheer neglect/ignorance of their significance and value.
However, I hope that their Amin museum is able to show the world the 500,000 people that they say were killed under Amin. I hereby renew my call to Amnesty international to provide not only their evidence, but also how they came up with the numbers (a tally sheet with incidents, location, date, and number of alleged victims per incident would be mathematically great). The last time I made the request more than ten years ago, they remained mysteriously silent.
But now that there is an idea of a Museum, wouldn't it be the appropriate time to submit such hilarious data?
I also hope that the Museum curators do not somehow mix things up with the 500,000 skulls and mass graves of people killed by President Yoweri Museveni and President Milton Obote during the famous Bush war in Luweero district from 1980-1986. Previously, there were reports we received in Saudi Arabia that Milton Obote was planning to do exactly that, engineer a mix-up with the remains of his victims from the Luweero genocide. The idea was essentially to confuse the world that "these were the people killed by Amin".
Unfortunately for them, the US Embassy unwittingly spoke out publicly to the press in 1982 about the Luweero killings that were taking place by Obote and his indisciplined fascist army, and thats when the whole plot to blame the Luweero killing fields on President Idi Amin failed.
To this day they are stuck with their empty accusation against Amin. Especially when people like me speak out. Otherwise Ohote and museveni were busy ylaughtering Ugandans in the knowledge that "it will all be put on Amin soon".
The truth is that their accusation against Amin was simply empty. And that is why Amnesty international might be feeling like burying their heads in the sand whenever I write to them asking for their evidence.
In regards to tourism, I have seen efforts in many countries but it seems that we in Uganda largely fail to understand what drives most of the global tourism.
For example, Uganda has little left from the colonial days in terms of historic buildings and related places. The decade of chaos and destruction that happened after Amin and which saw over a million Ugandans killed at the hands of so-called "Liberators" is a moment that saw Uganda reach the levels of Somalia and Libya in terms of a destroyed failed state.
When I returned to the country in 1994, I remember asking myself that 'what then we're fighting Amin for if this is what they brought". At the time Museveni had already been in power for ten years as a military dictatorship. No elections had been held. Poverty and AIDS were killing the people. Military patrols were ongoing every night and gunshots at 2am were the daily disruptor of people's sleep.
Shops were empty, and those that were opened were shared by several people. The stench of sewage was everywhere, and Ugandans had one nightclub to go to where armed officers were fighting over women. The rest of the population had to do with small shops called "bufunda's where they sat around a kerosene lamp because there was never any electricity. I wondered how they enjoyed this life and genuinely called themselves better leaders.
But today there has been some meaningful recovery, albeit slowed tremendously by endemic corruption, tribalism, nepotism and mass ignorance.
Old Kampala has ceased being old and has developed into new so-called shopping malls and supermarkets yet I remember in the 70's there was an effort to maintain it as a historic attraction with its old buildings. There was a Kampala City Council resolution under Amin to that effect. Quite similar to how Mombasa in Kenya has maintained the old part of the city for historic tourism and it is working well for them. We think that Europeans will travel all the way from their country to come and see tofn substandard "malls" (they are not even malls) and the modern Ghaddafi Mosque built in 2004. Actually we push tourists into seeing what is not necessarily their sense of tourism. We are lucky we still have the wild-life, the equator, and the source of the river Nile which are natural attractions. Because most of the man made history was not held in any esteem. I would attract far more tourists and their dollars if I developed an Idi Amin tour starting with the Command Post in the Kololo suburb where he resided as army commander when he became President. It was from there that he made his first press briefing as president.
It is also where he was when the capital fell to the Tanzanian army 8 years later in 1979 and where he literally had to be forced by his bodyguards into a vehicle and driven out of danger. My father had decided to stay and fight as a true soldier, a last stand to the death, with around 500 soldiers who were with him at the premises. The bodyguards instead preferred to do their job and get him out, and that is how Amin went to Eastern Uganda, then Arua airstrip where he boarded a plane to Libya, and a few months later he finally arrived in Saudi Arabia. It's the bodyguards.
Concerning the 1979 war, there is a monument to Ghaddafi at the spot where over 400 Libyan soldiers were killed as they fought to defend Uganda against the invading Tanzanian forces. Surprisingly this monument was erected by Museveni. I once said that during Museveni's bush war against Oboteïsm and the Tanzanian forces in the 80's, Museveni went to Libya masquerading as a person sent by Amin. It is on that basis that Ghaddafi gave him weapons to fight the bush war. Until he died, Ghaddafi probably thought that Museveni was an Amin soldier. That is the only explanation for how there is a monument by Museveni for the Libyan soldiers who fought alongside Amin in 1979. Museveni was their direct enemy during that war.
In another mysterious occurrence, there is the Lukaya medal given by Museveni to those so-called liberators who fought alongside the Tanzanians in that same war. It is mysterious because Museveni is therefore creating monuments and giving medals to both sides of the same war. If that isn't madness, what is?
However, another confusion is taking place in regards to the Battle of Lukaya itself for which Museveni is awarding medals.
What they are carefully not telling people is that during the Lukaya battle, about 2000 Amin soldiers made one of the bravest stands against almost 100,000 Tanzanians and Ugandan exiles. These 2000 soldiers under one Captain Sule actually pulverized the Tanzanian attack in the battle of Lukaya. It was such a big beating that the entire Tanzanian army and the exiles fled all the way back across the border back to Tanzania. Tanzanian veterans and the Ugandan exiles narrated in later years that it was actually Ugandan exile Tito Okello who had to plead with the Tanzanians to return and fight Amin again.
So whenever I hear about the Lukaya medal, I always suspect there is a mistake because that is the one time that the entire Tanzanian army was really beaten by Amin's forces. The Ugandan army commander of that fight, Captain Sule, died in the battle and was post-humously awarded a heroes medal by Amin during a state funeral.
The nearby city of Masaka was actually completely bombed with long range artillery when the Tanzanians returned because they dreaded to meet face to face with the Amin forces again. The single Amin battalion that was left to guard the place withdrew to Kampala when the shelling started. It is also true that the battle of Lukaya was the last real fight between the two forces. But it was actually an Amin victory.
After putting the Tanzanian army in this total disarray, President Amin ordered his troops to withdraw from the frontline in order to send in the 4 Russian TU-22 strategic bombers to carpet bomb the fleeing Tanzanians. But at the last minute, the Russian government intervened and blocked the usage of their plane insisting that they wanted Amin to first sign a document putting Uganda under the Eastern block. Remember these were the Cold war days between East and West, Soviet Union and the USA Uganda was part of the Non-Aligned Movement. Neither East nor west. A group of countries that decided to work with everybody.
The Russians had also offered to bring in extra bombers and even test their smaller tactical nuclear bombs in that carpet bombing against the fleeing Tanzanian forces. However this meant that a whole chunk of Uganda and it's people would remain irradiated for decades. Amin expelled the Russian ambassador for first trying to put Uganda under a second colonialism, and simultaneously trying to destroy Uganda with nuclear weapons, and thirdly, playing political games with him at that critical moment.
The Tanzanians arrived in their country and were surprised to find nobody from Amin's forces in their pursuit. So they literally regrouped at the border and marched all the way back to Masaka which they bombed heavily to avoid a direct fight again, then they marched on to the Ugandan capital Kampala. They met no resistance because of the Russians interference stopping Amin's planned use of the Strategic bomber after the Ugandan leader had withdrawn his forces from any further fighting.
Therefore it is not the Tanzanians who defeated Amin really. He actually beat them in the famous battle of Lukaya.
It was instead the Russians who made him loose the war at a critical moment when he had turned the tide against the invaders and had withdrawn all his troops for an impending aerial bombing that was designed to actually end the war. That was his intention.
For the record, all global intelligence agencies know that in the year 2000, President Idi Amin sent over 6000 soldiers to help the late President Joseph Kabila (father) when Congo DRC was under attack. The Congolese leader asked for Amin's assistance and received fully equipped troops that defended the Ituri region (the North eastern front) where they held off the Rwandese RPF army and the invading UPDF. In one of their biggest battles they cleared the entire Rwandese army in the area. The same army that had kicked the Ugandan UPDF in Kisangani town when the aggressors fought each other. Those "Amin troops" were ultimately integrated in the Congolese army where they serve to this day. Had Amin desired power in Uganda it was not very complicated for him to direct the force to Uganda again. It actually took just two phone calls to organize 6000 fully equipped troops that were parachuted by air inside Congo and defended the country until the peace agreement of 2004.
Comparably, and in terms of waging a war in Africa, didn't Yoweri Museveni start his 1980 rebellion with only 27 guns? I am told there is a movie that his daughter is currently producing with the title 27 Guns. The good lady should pay me for the free advertising here.
However I actually call some of those "Amin troops in Congo" from time to time but just to say hi and practice my Lingala and French language skills. I actually consider them my father's people. Though I personally vowed never to engage in their kind of activities. It is because of my profound belief in peace that I volunteered to serve in a United Nations peace-keeping mission. And I am one of those who believe that Uganda does not need any more fighting ever. The two decades of rebellions, genocides and multiple coups since 1979 when my father left the country are enough. Everyone got tired of endless suffering, lawlessness, poverty and disease. I would actually stand to fight anyone who took the path of war to gain power in Uganda.
As of Congo, my father knew the late President Kabila personally since 1965 when he helped Kabila and Che Guevara acquire weapons to fight the Belgians and the CIA who had assassinated the Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba. How many people know that Amin was fighting colonialists in Congo in 1965? Even in Uganda his political opponents mostly think he was dealing in gold. Very few know that he was actually helping supply the Patrice Lumumba resistance with weapons to fight the colonial imperialist murderers of the famous Pan-Africanist Prime Minister, and that's when he fought alongside Che Guevara. And it was actually some Israeli's who, behind the Americans back, were buying the gold from the Congolese and giving the Congolese resistance weapons in exchange. A move that was organized and agreed on secretely by the African leaders in the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
But getting back to the subject of tourism, many tourists and visitors arrive at Entebbe International Airport but are not told that it is an Idi Amin legacy. The only international airport in the country for the last 40 years. Also, many tourists, including many Ugandans, might want to see the famous State Research Bureau. They will be shocked to discover that there are actually no dungeons in the premises. It's just an ordinary office building. If I had time, I know that other visitors might want to see the presidential resort island in Lake Victoria. He named it Paradise beach. For Kampalan's, it is actually out in the distance in the middle of the lake, visible from Kabaka's beach. Some might want to see his ancestral village home, or even where my mother First Lady Kay Amin was laid to rest after she was abducted in Kisseka market area in Kampala by rebels and murdered. I remember how the whole country tell silent for an entire week at the news of the first lady's death. She was a Christian and is buried near a Church upcountry.
I would maybe even mark the spot where Janan Luwum met his death at the hands of Sergeant Moses Okello after being found with a truckload of mass assassination weapons and questioned about it publicly for transparency. He died after the questioning while being transported with his co-conspirators that Luwum himself had exposed that same day live on television. Sergeant Moses Okello I am told is in South Sudan. I offered the surviving family to try and bring him to them so that they can hear directly from the horse's mouth what happened in the last minutes. I also have in my possession a document that contains details of the post-mortem of all three occupants of that fateful vehicle.
But it seems there are people who would prefer to say "Amin killed Luwum". Because if I bring Moses Okello who says he acted in self defence, the death looses value to them.
Other tourists might want to see where my father was born (which is now Serena hotel, Kampala and International Conference Center whose construction he ordered for the 1975 OAU summit, but was once the colonial Nakasero police barracks where his father (my grandfather) served as a police officer after returning from World War 1 as a King's African Rifles British soldier. Unfortunately, the same venue has hidden mass graves of Ugandans killed by Obote and the Tanzanian forces that came after Amin, when they and their ill-disciplined UNLA fascist goons turned the entire premises into their military command center and National Security Agency interrogation center. The last time one of the Obote mass graves was unearthed from the premises was in 2001. Others probably still exist under the vast flowery gardens. I wouldn't tell that to the tourists and visitors who are obliviously sleeping in that hotel tonight. Obote's criminals are far more silent than I am on this killing field of theirs.
In terms of Uganda's history, there is also the site of the Mukura massacre of 1989 under Museveni. The hundreds of thousands of skulls and mass graves of the Luweero genocide 1980-1986 by Obote and Museveni, the Acholi war (Museveni & Joseph Kony), the Ombachi massacre 1982 (by Obote's UNLA backed by the Tanzanians), the site of the late Irish father Declan O'Toole killed by Museveni's soldiers in Karamoja (late 1990's), and even the site of the Kasese massacre 2016 (by Museveni) and the ruins of the Rwenzori Kings palace where his subjects where mercilessly shot at by Museveni and their dead bodies piled at the palace gates a year and ahalf ago. The spot in Bunyoro where Kabaka Muteesa shot 8 people dead at point blank who were heckling him during the campaigns for the 1964 referendum of the lost counties. The empty Rakaï village where HIV/AIDS was first discovered in Uganda in 1984 and instead of taking the public health concern seriously, a drunk president Milton Obote reportedly said "this is just typhoid". The spot in Namanve forest where the Ugandan exiles and their Tanzanian backers used to dump Ugandans killed by their rogue UNLA army when they used their infamous bus nicknamed "Mpaawo atalikaaba" (meaning 'Give me the dead ones"). A bus which collected dead bodies of innocent people killed by obote's Acholi soldiers. The bus would come by early every morning before the population woke up, and it's driver was nick-named "Sina Makossa" (meaning I am innocent).
Selective narratives and playing blame games is not history. If we want dark tourism, let us put all the darkest moments of our country. Many will be surprised to find Obote and Museveni behind every worst atrocity in Uganda.
All these events mentioned here, and much more that are unheard of, are part of significant key events in Uganda's history.
They should all be open to the Ugandan public and to tourists.
However there are tourists who would have prefered to visit the old colonial State House Entebbe, a fantastic Victorian building built by the British and which was the residence of the Queen's representative to Uganda. It is also where Amin occasionally stayed especially when meeting foreign guests. It had its own botanical garden, swimming pool, fish pond, concert hall, a fantastic library, old canons, lots of British portraits and other Colonial memorabilia. Amin added a life size portrait of Pan-Africanist Patrice Lumumba at the entrance. But that was left to rot and then destroyed yet we left it impeccable state.
Some people might want to see the spot where Museveni once attempted to assassinate Amin with a grenade and missed.
There is a skyscraper in New York built by presidential decree of President Idi Amin. It is right in front of the United Nations Headquarters. It's called Uganda House and still has the foundation stone he laid in October 1976 when after he spoke to the UN General assembly and bashed the US, the CIA, Israel and British imperialism. He did so in vernacular. The only time an African leader spoke in his native language to the world's leaders at the UN General assembly. By the way all the Ugandan embassies in world capitals are called Uganda house and were his legacy. At the time he had found the previous president renting offices for our embassies abroad and decided that was not befitting of any government.
Ugandans were proud of that move especially that other countries started renting offices in Uganda house for their embassies.
The country's first olympic gold medal and most outstanding sports performances came about thanks to his efforts to support Uganda's sportsmen and women who represented the country abroad.
Had it not been for the famous African boycott of 1976 and 1978, Uganda would have done much better on the world stage in sports. But president Amin joined other Africans to boycott the games in protest of apartheid in South Africa.
One of the original Uganda Airlines planes now in ruins near the beach at Lake Victoria is the remaining memory of the pride of Ugandans for their national airline. A company which was totally mismanaged by his successors. Maybe the disused plane can be put in the museum. He founded the airline. The presidential Gulf Stream jet, though upgraded, is also an Amin legacy. Possibly the tourists would be interested in seeing the original trains when Amin founded Uganda railways in 1976. They could put one of the original trains in the Museum as well. Uganda's first ever fibre optics were installed in 1976 and linked to global satellite telecommunications already by then under Amin. It was for global television and telephone communications. Ugandans first started seeing world events live and in color thanks to Amin. I think Uganda was second after Nigeria to get color television in Africa.
Kinyara sugar works a previously State-owned company that to this day supplies sugar to the whole of East Africa, was created by Amin from scratch. This was after the Museveni's sabotaged the only existing sugar factory called Kakira and caused an acute shortage across the entire country. Then the very same people came saying mbu "there was a lack of essentials under Amin".
Kibimba rice scheme in Eastern Uganda (Tororo highway) was created in conjunction with the Chinese government. It accounts for 70% of all the rice eaten in Uganda since 1976 to today. It also exports to neighbouring countries to this day. That was founded by Amin as a measure to enhance food security and it still serves its purpose to the people of Uganda and the country's visitors. Tourists might want to go there for bird watching as well in the paddy fields, the nearby dam and the surrounding nature. They might also want to see the British imported Jamaican tree that took a rocket fired by the Israeli Special forces towards State House Entebbe when they came to take their fellow citizens. They were aiming to kill Amin with that shot but failed.
Talking about trees and Israel, when he visited Tel Aviv in 1971 before breaking off diplomatic relations a year later, he was given by the Israeli Prime minister Golda Meir a small bottle that contained a piece of wood in liquid. She said it was a piece of the original cross that Jesus Christ was crucified on. My father also had a piece of the black cloth of the Kaaba in Mecca, given to him (and other heads of state) by the Saudi Government every time they wash the Kaaba, and cover it with a new black cloth with gold woven Islamic sayings. He had a French semi-automatic pistol with his name engraved on it. A gift from France. A UZI machine gun donated to him in 1971 by Colonel Barlev of Israel, but that and his array of medals that people claimed were fake, are in Saudi Arabia. One of the medals is actually the French Legion d'honeur, France's highest honour to foreign dignitaries given to him by French President George Pompidou.
The Museum might like such artifacts and medals now wouldn't it? There are even other important symbols and artifacts of the government of Uganda. If only we were dealing with honest people...
They should talk to me nicely since I had all these kept safely somewhere according to his last wishes. For the record I am one of the very few who know where exactly he was actually laid to rest. I bet the museum might want at least a photograph.
But the regimes that came after president Amin were all his enemies and therefore so engulfed in hatred of an individual that they never had the slightest foresight that these could be global scale attractions that could benefit the country immensely thanks to tourism for Ugandan history. They embarked on erasing his legacy. Here they are decades later realising that they could make some money from President Idi Amin.
One thing they failed to erase from the Ugandan people even after 40 years of multi-billion dollar smear campaigns including 5 derogatory movies of lies and slander plus Fake news, was the peoples love for their nationalist leader.
There is an Island right in front of Speke Resort Munyonyo, in the capital where African liberation movements trained with Ugandan troops on fighting Apartheid South Africa. The ANC leaders of today might one day narrate their full story. President Amin gave the liberation movements multiple training camps in Uganda and facilitated them at all levels. From the liberation fighters of Mozambique, to those of Angola and Zimbabwe. All were in Uganda being assisted by Amin who was one of the most genuine Pan-Africanists on the continent fighting against colonialism, racism and exploitation of Africans and black people around the world.
Ugandans know that "Amin put the country on the world map", "he opened our eyes to business", Amin really loved his country". These are what Ugandans continue to say about him to this day in the streets of Uganda. Contrasting sharply with what the politicians and the so-called world press say about the same person. Of course since 1979 all regimes in Uganda have been his political enemies so nothing good can be expected from them in terms of what they say about Amin. But the people of Uganda think completely differently and their views have been muzzled for the last 40 years by what I call a corrupt pro-Oboteism press.
As a country we need to remove the limited outlook we have of our history, and the lack of professional knowledge of what others could be interested in seeing about us in regards to tourism. History can not be accurately told by finger pointing politicians and their rumour mongering press that only seek to play the blame game and malign, demonize, ridicule and vilify Amin and that way they legitimise themselves with the colonial master.
That is why accurate history differentiates between fact and fiction. And a smear campaign against a political opponent has clearly nothing to do with history. It is all bullshit by disgruntled racists and their "house negroes".
Recently I also discovered that in order to fleece unsuspecting tourists of their hard-earned dollars, a group of Ugandans started fooling tourists that a weapons bunker in Lubiri was "Amin's torture Chamber". You should see them telling the lies with tears and all. They even recently added some patches of red paint on the walls and some grim writings to add the torture effect. Two years ago a young Ugandan photographer came up with pictures of a Brazilian weave on the ground and some thieving locals had told him that it was someone who was buried alive while standing, and that he/she was buried that way by Idi Amin. When I told him to report the grim finding to police because this involved human remains, the Brazilian weaves suddenly disappeared from the earth.
On the other hand, most of our colonial buildings have been destroyed together with their historic value to tourism.
Even a school like Nabagereka primary school that was built by Amin has been destroyed with all its historic value to the people of Buganda, and as I speak another "shopping mall" is being built on the site. Clearly 24th May 1966 means little to the Baganda of today, nor does the memorable week-long state funeral accorded by Amin to their late King Edward Muteesa II in 1971. I saw no single commemoration ceremony, not even media coverage or a single candle yet these were momentous developments in Uganda's post-independence history. Now they destroyed Nabagereka Primary school and the entire historic legacy behind it as a school built by Amin on the request of Buganda Kingdom for the orphans of the 1966 Obote coup that overthrew President Sir Edward Muteesa who was also King of the Buganda tribe.
Just to be clear about the Amin presidency, I am not saying that nothing was wrong, crimes are committed in every country. But there was no state policy of perpetuating crimes. If anything, the Amin government was the most serious against crime and corruption. The court archives are full of cases prosecuted under the law with police investigation, defence lawyers and the judges rulings.
In fact most of the exiles were simply thieves running away from facing the law. It is probably why after Amin left the country, Uganda plunged into civil war, total economic collapse, tribalism, a collapsed state, 6 military coups in 5 years, at least three genocides, and all the corruption, theft, rampant murders, daily kidnaps, and general thuggery that we see today including religious persecution of a particular religion, the killing of their clerics, the framing of their adherents, the murder of senior law & order officials, and a shocking killing spree of women raped in banana plantations reportedly by state agents known as Crime Preventers' and other known killers who fill the ranks of the police force and the military.
For the record, Amin is the only sitting African leader ever to have faced a judge in his own country while he was the president. And he did so twice under the auspices of the East African Community judge. In 1972 and again in 1974. He was found innocent of any wrong doing and went ahead to implement recommendations or the Commission of Inquiry. I have never seen any record of that in amnesty international"s reports. Ask any of your arrogant African leaders today to face a judge while they are the sitting president and you might not survive to see another day. Amin did it on his own will because he strongly believed in justice. Even the criminals that were put on firing squad/capital punishment during his time were done so under the law and the innocent were released.
One of those who sat in those hearings and who were recommending the sentences for the criminals is actually a big judge today. The criminals he was prosecuting back then we're known as "bakondo". I have advised that unless something similar is done today to these criminals, the wave of gruesome criminality including daily murders and ransom kidnaps of women and children that we now see in the evening news will most likely continue undeterred, and possibly even increase
In conclusion, let's wait for this so-called Museum, and let's see if the Human Rights organization known as Amnesty International can suddenly become known as "Honesty International" in regards to how they came up with the staggering number of deaths purportedly killed by idi Amin in this very Uganda where I lived and studied at the time and was probably more knowledgeable about developments in the country than they ever will be.
Where are the 500,000 people killed?
President Idi Amin loved his country and its people. He spent time with them daily on the streets listening to them and trying to solve their problems. He founded the true Ugandan economy by giving the countries economy back to the indeginous Ugandan. In 8 years he developed the country and founded critical companies and projects for the people, assets that were later sold or mismanaged by his noisy successors. The Mapeera house and Church House premises were given to the Catholics and Anglicans respectively by Amin. He was no religious sectarian, he even built a memorial center for the Pope. He never appointed his wife government minister, and he was simply incorruptible.
The first Ugandan leader to embark on womens emancipation as a deliberate policy to free women from patriarchal traditions and put them in the work, civil service and business arena was Amin. He refused the idea that women's place was in the kitchen. That's when women first started to become judges, ministers, directors, secretaries, entrepreneurs, pilots, accountants, engineers, doctors, and any other profession that their hearts desired.
Contrary to many African leaders, he never took a single coin for himself from state coffers even when he had all the powers to do so. Simply because he had a strong sense of Justice and doing only what is right for the people of Uganda.
That is why to this day and despite the most relentless global smear campaign ever against any African nationalist, Idi Amin is still considered by the vast majority of ordinary Ugandans, regardless of their tribe or religion, to be the most patriotic leader Uganda has ever had.
Hussein Lumumba Amin
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