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Idi Amin Dada 1925-2003, who became known as the 'Butcher of Uganda' for his brutal, despotic rule whilst president of Uganda in the 1970s, is possibly the most notorious of all Africa's post-independence dictators. Amin seized power in a military coup in 1971 & ruled over Uganda for 8 years. Estimates for the number of his opponents who were either killed, tortured, or imprisoned vary from 100,000 to half a million. He was ousted in 1979 by Ugandan nationalists, after which he fled into…

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from People of Uganda

Uganda: Idi Amin

Brigadier General Sulaiman Hussein, the former Chief of the General Staff of the Army, was shot and killed by guns. Hussain's head was transported back to Kampala's luxurious palace, Amin put it in a freezer, often from the appreciation of some, with the dead enemy "on a dialogue."

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Why Idi Amin Dada Was Known as the 'Butcher of Uganda'

Why Idi Amin Dada Was Known as the 'Butcher of Uganda': President of Uganda Idi Amin. He seized power after a coup in January 1971 and was driven from Uganda by Tanzanian forces in 1979.

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Ugandan dictator Idi Amin wearing a speedo, whilst eating a sandwich. Photo credit: Life magazine - December 29, 1972.

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Idi Amin’s son complains about the Guardian’s obituary notice

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In any country there must be people who have to die. They are the sacrifices any nation has to make to achieve law and order. Idi Amin Dada

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Princess Elizabeth Bagaya, Uganda's first female lawyer and Cabinet member. She was fired as Cabinet member for refusing to marry Idi Amin. She is from the royal family of the Batoro tribe. Toro was one of the four kingdome which was abolished in 1967 by former President Milton Obote. She became Uganda's ambassador to the United States in 1986. (Info: Jet Magazine, June 1986)

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