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Ugandan dictator Idi Amin’s full title was “His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular”. Most of his titles were self-bestowed or invented by himself. After the United Kingdom broke off diplomatic relations with his regime in 1977, Amin claimed that he had defeated the British, and conferred on himself the decoration of CBE (Conqueror of the British Empire).

His Excellency President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin, VC, DSO, MC, CBE, Lord of all the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea, and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular, in the early 1970s. Photographer unknown.

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April 11th 1979: Idi Amin deposed

On this day in 1979, the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin was deposed. A Major General in the post-colonial Ugandan army, Amin had seized power in a military coup in 1971, overthrowing socialist Milton Obote. His regime was characterised by use of military force, human rights abuses, and political repression against dissidents, especially violence against ethnic groups (predominantly Acholi and Lango peoples). Between 100,000 and 500,000 were killed by his eight year regime. Amin’s behaviour became increasingly erratic throughout his rule, and he gave himself numerous titles until his full title was “His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular”, and claimed to be the uncrowned King of Scotland. By 1978, Amin’s support had dwindled and dissent was on the rise as the Ugandan economy failed. The dictator invaded Tanzanian territory, which caused a war in which his army was defeated and the capital of Kampala captured. Amin was forced to flee into exile by helicopter on April 11th 1979, going first to Libya then to Saudi Arabia where he died in 2003; he never expressed remorse for the crimes of his regime.

No one in the West was protesting when the government in Zimbabwe was killing its own people during the Gukurahundi In fact Britain loved Robert Mugabe so much that they knighted him You only started seeing sanctions and talks about regime change in Zimbabwe when Mugabe enacted land reform that was meant to correct the negative legacy of colonialism They did the same thing with Idi Amin He only became a monster in the eyes of the Western media when it was apparent that he couldn’t be used as their puppet

Idi Amin

“I am not a politician but a professional soldier. I am therefore a man of few words.”

“Sometimes people mistake the way I talk for what I am thinking. I never had any formal education—not even a nursery school certificate. But sometimes I know more than Ph.D.s because as a military man I know how to act. I am a man of action.”

“I am the hero of Africa.”

“You cannot run faster than a bullet.”

“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.”

“Although some people felt Adolf Hitler was bad, he was a great man and a real conqueror whose name would never be forgotten.”

 

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